Sure, Lower Richland’s vaunted girls basketball team saw a couple of long winning streaks (against in-state foes and in region competition) come to an end this season, but the Diamond Hornets have kept one run of significance in tact.
LR created a three-way tie for the Region 4-3A championship on Thursday night by pulling out a come-from-behind 63-58 win at Chester. The gutsy performance netted the Diamond Hornets their fifth straight (outright or otherwise) region title.
The host Cyclones got off to an 8-0 region start, but saw their title dreams evaporate in final-week losses against the Diamond Hornets and A.C. Flora. All three teams finished with 8-2 region records and a share of the region title. Seeding positions for the upcoming state playoffs will be determined at a region meeting this weekend. Flora put itself into position for a title share by downing Lugoff-Elgin 67-51 on Thursday.
Debbie Stroman’s team found itself down 34-24 at halftime, but dominated the final 16 minutes. LR moved within 45-42 with an 18-11 run in the third quarter and put it away with a 21-13 burst in the fourth. Ashley Edmund’s three-point play with 4:59 to go put the Diamond Hornets in front for good, 49-48.
Jasmine Richardson paced LR with 22 points and had solid support from Jasmine Harrison (15) and Edmond (11).
Kyeshia Dawkins was Flora’s scoring lead vs. L-E with 18 points, Kim Roach tallied 13 points and Kiara Ellerbe added 11 to the cause.
Lower Richland begins the quest for a fifth straight state championship next week with a 15-6 record, while A.C. Flora enters the playoffs at 19-4.