The S.C. High School League girls and boys basketball tournaments began with 256 teams. This weekend, 32 remain in contention and seven are from the Midlands. Here is a look at the surviving teams and their opponents this weekend:
CLASS 4A: Lexington vs. Aiken
Today, 8:30 p.m. at Florence Civic Center
The Wildcats defeated Aiken twice each time by 26 points on the way to securing the Region 5-4A championship. Facing the 20-8 Green Hornets, Lexington must beware overconfidence.
CLASS 3A: Lower Richland vs. Hartsville
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. at Florence Civic Center
The Diamond Hornets have depth, size and the ability to maintain composure under pressure. Against the 20-4 Hartsville Red Foxes, Lower Richland faces a similar team and should be prepared for a close game.
CLASS 4A: DUTCH FORK VS. DORMAN
Today, 7 p.m. at Bi-Lo Center in Greenville
The Region 4-4A champion Silver Foxes have a strong core of experienced players as they return to the Upper State finals for the second year in a row. Dutch Fork will see a Dorman squad aching for its first state final appearance since 2008.
CLASS 3A: DREHER VS. LOWER RICHLAND
Saturday, 5 p.m. at Florence Civic Center
The Dreher Blue Devils had been defeated in the third round two years running before toppling Crestwood this week. Dreher (23-1) notched three defeats over Lower Richland in the regular season getting a fourth will require a whole new level of play.
Lower Richland is a team itching for revenge. The Diamond Hornets came in second in Region 5-3A, losing their third match to Dreher by two points. They are in the semifinals for the second time since 2009.
CLASS 2A: COLUMBIA VS. KEENAN
Saturday, 2 p.m. at Bi-Lo Center in Greenville
Norrisha Victrum and Tierra Richardson helped lead the Columbia Capitals on a 14-win streak that lasted through the Region 3-2A title run. Now, they face region rival Keenan in a rematch of last years Upper State final.
Last years state runners-up, the Keenan Raiders are looking for another shot at the title game. They lost the final regular season game to Columbia, but have been strong in the playoffs.
Compiled by Akilah Nelson