Upper and Lower State semi-finals recap

Photos by Tyler Cupp and SCHSL.

UPPER AND LOWER STATE RECAP and SCORES:

1A GIRLS
HIGH POINT ACADEMY 76 ESTILL 55
SCOTT’S BRANCH 47 LAKE VIEW 33
1A BOYS
HIGH POINT ACADEMY 76 GREAT FALLS 68
HEMINGWAY 69 BETHUNE BOWMAN 59
The Grizzlies of High Point Academy make the sweep in 1A and are headed to the state finals for the first time in school history.

2A GIRLS
CHRIST CHURCH 46 LEE CENTRAL 41
MULLINS 61 EAST CLARENDON 53
Remember the name McCall King for Christ Church. The freshman averages 19 per game and is really fun to watch on both ends of the floor.
2A BOYS
ANDREW JACKSON 67 SILVER BLUFF 47
Slight upset here. Andrew Jackson plays good fundamental basketball from start to finish. They don’t get a lot of coverage being in the town of Kershaw, located on the outskirts of the Midlands and Lancaster County. First trip to the State championship for the Vols since 1980
GRAY COLLEGIATE 50 OCEANSIDE COLLEGIATE 47
The sister schools battled it out and the defending champions prevailed. Khalil Robinson had 17.  Jalil Robinson added 10 points.

3A GIRLS
KEENAN 75 EMERALD 48
BISHOP ENGLAND 46 DILLON 22
The future of 3A girls is Keenan guard Milaysia Fulwiley. The eighth grader puts on a show every time she is on the floor. Bishop England is back in the state title game yet again. Their defense vs the offense of Kennan will be interesting to watch.
3A BOYS
KEENAN 70 CHESTER 55
RIDGELAND-HARDEEVILLE 56 MANNING 51
This might be the best Keenan team that Coach Zach Norris has fielded. They got off to a sluggish start in the first half but outscored the Cyclones 38-25 in the final 16 minutes. Asanti Price and Dillon Jones both scored in double digits on the night while Raekwon Horton gave the Raiders a big boost grabbing rebounds.

4A GIRLS
SOUTH POINTE 57 WESTWOOD 41
NORTH AUGUSTA 44 MYRTLE BEACH 26
It’s the first state championship in school history for South Pointe. For Westwood however, they lose not only the game but a special group of seniors that include Unique Drake, Maliyah Lockett and Essence Marshall. However, they do return Nyah Leveretter, who is committed to play at Kentucky.
4A BOYS
RIDGE VIEW 76 WREN 53
WILSON 64 DARLINGTON 57
The Blazers might be the hottest team in the state right now. Offensively they have weapons all over the floor. On this night, it was Crosby-Harris James with 28 points and Cincere Scott with 25. Scott had five three-pointers in the first half alone. Malcolm Wilson had 10 blocks on defense. This now sets up a rematch of last year’s 4A title game in which the Blazers won. In his post game comments, Ridge View coach Yerrick Stoneman on his teams performance: “The way Cincere shot the ball set the tone. But Crosby got those layups because of how we played defense, that was the key. Scott has confidence that he can shoot it at anytime. And we have the best defensive player in the state in Malcolm Wilson. It’s the first time I can take a breath and look at last season. This is expectation. We now get a week to prepare and try to defend our title.”

5A GIRLS
SPRING VALLEY 58 SUMTER 40
GOOSE CREEK 43 LEXINGTON 28
One run continues, the other comes to an end. The Spring Valley girls played solid on both ends and got balanced scoring from Destiny Coleman (17) Lauryn Taylor (13) while Ashley Williamson and Taylor Britt both had 10 points each. Coach Megan Assey on her team’s push to the state title: “Obviously we are very excited. This is a goal we had at the beginning of the season. We wanted to go out and achieve that. There’s a lot of pressure when you do win. Our team has worked hard and we have held them accountable. I really pushed them with our non conference schedule this year. Two teams that beat us this year are competing for a 4A state championship so that tells how tough it was.”
For Lexington, it was a heck of a season for the Lady Wildcats. Olivia Thompson finished her career 1937 points, which is an all-time school record. She had 18 in the loss.
5A BOYS
DORMAN 53 MAULDIN 30
Third straight title game for Dorman. The offense may not have been there for the Cavs but they brought the defense on the road shuttting down Mauldin the second half. This game was actually 8-5 at the end of the first quarter.
BERKELEY 47 LEXINGTON 42
The final game in the career of Bailey Harris came to an end. More than 800 games coached, including state championships, and phenomenal players, it came to an close. One heck of a way to go out. It was the first and only loss of the season for the Wildcats.

SIDE NOTE
In the SCISA State Championships. Cardinal Newman made the sweep in girls and boys as the Cardinal girls beat Northwood 53-44 and the boys won 57-41 over Hammond.

SCHSL CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Colonial Life Arena

March 1

Class A Girls Championship, High Point Academy vs. Scott’s Branch, 3:30 p.m.

Class A Boys Championship, High Point Academy vs. Hemingway, 5 p.m.

Class 5A Girls Championship, Spring Valley vs. Goose Creek, 7 p.m.

Class 5A Boys Championship, Berkeley vs. Dorman, 8:30 p.m.

March 2

Class 2A Girls Championship: Christ Church vs. Mullins, 10:30 a.m.

Class 2A Boys Championship, Gray Collegiate vs. Andrew Jackson, noon

Class 3A Girls Championship, Keenan vs. Bishop England, 2 p.m.

Class 3A Boys Championship, Keenan vs. Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 3:30 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Championship, North Augusta vs. South Pointe, 5:30 p.m.

Class 4A Boys Championship, Wilson vs. Ridge View, 7 p.m.

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