Four-time defending state champion Lower Richland embarked on its latest postseason journey on Tuesday, whipping up on visiting Chapman 57-29 in the first round of the Class 3A state girls basketball playoffs.
Meanwhile, A.C. Flora, which shared first place with LR and Chester in the final Region 4-3A standings, rolled over visiting Clinton.
LR (16-6) received 16 points from Bea Williams and 12 from Ashley Edmond in the romp. The Diamond Hornets, who earned the top playoff seed out of 4-3A, will be at home again in second-round on Thursday against Pickens.
Debbie Stroman’s team, by the way, moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time, all-classification postseason win list. The Diamond Hornets pulled even with Seneca with 45 playoff wins on the board. Columbia is at the top of the charts with 62 playoff victories.
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Flora (20-4) received double-digit scoring marks from Kim Roach (15 points) and Bria Kitt (11) in its sixth straight first-round playoff win. Next up, the Falcons hit the road on Thursday for the long trip to Daniel. The Region 1 champion Lions crushed Greenville 75-37 last night.
Roach leads the Falcons with a 15.5 scoring average, while Kyeshia Dawkins stands at 8.7 ppg.