It was a bad night for Region 5-3A girls basketball on Monday in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs. Midlands area entries Dreher, Airport and Brookland-Cayce were all expelled.
The biggest surprise was the loss 58-56 by region champion Dreher to Darlington, the No. 4 seed out of Region 6-3A. The Blue Devils had a four-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but could not seal the deal. The visiting Falcons went on a 13-4 run to take a 55-50 lead. Dreher battled back to tie it up at 56, but a late free throw by Darlington’s Jazz Martin, who tallied a game high 24 points, put Darlington ahead for good.
Shakeina Smith led Dreher with 21 points, while Tequila McNeal scored 13 and Lauren Dreher added 11. The Blue Devils, who went 10-0 on the way to a region championship, closed with a 15-7 overall record.
Airport, the Region 4-3A No. 2 seed, also fell at home, 44-38 to Wilson. The Eagles also finished with a 15-7 overall report card, including an 8-2 region showing.
Brookland-Cayce closed the book on a 9-10 campaign with a 56-36 loss at Crestwood. The hosts established control with an early 12-2 and never looked back. Asia Benn had 21 points for B-C.