TUESDAY NIGHT BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS - Lexington rolls past West Florence 86-53
It was a 5-star opening playoff performance for Region 5-5A champion Lexington High School girls' basketball Tuesday at home.
The 7th-ranked Lady Wildcats defeated West Florence 86-53 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Senior guard and University of South Carolina commit Olivia Thompson scored a game-high 19 points to lead an offense which posted 5 players in double figures.
"We really shared the ball tonight," Lexington head coach Molly Goodrich said. "That was our goal was to move without the ball, to share the ball."
Joining in the points barrage with Thompson and Brooke Faulks, who had 17 points, was another future Gamecock. Forward Hannah Kumiyama, who's signed to play softball, finished with 14 points.
"A lot of our wins come from (playing as a team)," Kumiyama said. "Olivia does a great job and she carries us a lot. But I think the first round of the playoffs, we all wanted to step up. We all wanted to contribute to the game and that's how we put up a big number tonight."
"She's one of our best passers," Goodrich said. "She can rebound well and she can also score," Goodrich said. "So, I just need her to keep continuing to look to score."
Alexis Sexton added 13 points, most of which came in the fourth quarter, and Claire Tarlton had 12 to round out the scoring for Lexington (22-4).
Up next for the Lady Wildcats Friday at home is a second-round matchup against Wando. The Lady Warriors defeated Summerville to set up another meeting between the two schools.
"I expect another dogfight and I'm excited for it," Goodrich said. "Two days of good practice and get ready to play."
Dutch Fork 59, South Florence 54
The Lady Silver Foxes rallied from a 31-30 halftime deficit to defeat the Lady Bruins at home.
Up next for Dutch Fork (14-9) is a road matchup at Goose Creek, a 60-39 winner at home versus Irmo.
Carolina Forest 52, White Knoll 41
The Lady Timberwolves end the season with a 13-13 record.
Buford 50, Batesburg-Leesville 48
Georgetown 59, Pelion 49
WEDNESDAY'S PLAYOFF GAMES
(All Games start at 7 p.m.)
Fort Mill at Irmo
South Florence at Lexington
Socastee at River Bluff
Dutch Fork at West Florence
East Clarendon vs. Gray Collegiate (at Allen University)
Brookland-Cayce at Bluffton