Preps basketball playoffs

February 24, 2012 

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:

BOYS

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.

GIRLS

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 year’s Upper State final.

Last year’s 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

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