Ridge View girls still alive in 4A basketball

February 18, 2012 

Ridge View is still alive in the Class 4A state girls basketball playoffs. The darkhorse Blazers, who entered the postseason as the No. 4 seed out of Region 4, moved on to the third round for the first time in program history thanks to a rousing 77-54 win over Region 8 champion Summerville on Friday.

The Blazers (20-6) have another long trip to the Lowcountry on tap Monday to face familiar foe Goose Creek. The Gators opened the 2011 big-school playoffs with a win over Ridge View on the way to their second straight Lower State championship.

Ridge View established the tome early at Summerville, racing to a 24-16 lead by the end of the first quarter, and then decked the Green Wave with a 43-20 under in the two middle periods.

As usual, Alexus Jackson and Nakia Squire were the Blazer headliners. Jackson rang up 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds for her second consecutive playoff double double. The junior center had 17 points and 16 boards in a first-round road win at Sumter. Squire had 17 points. Five rebounds, five steals and eight assists. Victoria Marshall also had a double double with 12 points and 10 assists. Jontay Mitcham 11 points, six boards and four steals to the cause.

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