It will be a showdown between the top teams in Region 4 and Region 2 in Tuesday’s Upper State semifinal round of the Class 2A state girls basketball playoffs.
Unbeaten, top-ranked Eau Claire (24-0) hosts Broome (18-8) and Keenan (18-6) travels to face Region 2 champion Southside (23-4).
Eau Claire and Southside are both looking to erase the memory of bitter, last-second losses in the third round a year ago. The Shamrocks, who have not gone past the third round since 1999, dropped a gut-wrenching 54-53 decision to Strom Thurmond a year ago, while the Tigers from Greenville fell 49-47 to Pendleton.
The Shamrocks have had little trouble in playoff matters so far. After crushing Mid-Carolina in the first round, EC smacked Walhalla 68-43 in the next outing, jumping on the Razorbacks early and often on the way to a 41-11 halftime lead. Amelia Carrie tossed in 17 points for Eau Claire, Janae’ Stevenson rang up 16 points and nine rebounds and Eboni Ross chipped in nine points and seven boards.
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Broome, which won two titles and played in three straight championship games in its first three years at the 2A level (2005-07), brings an 18-8 record into the state quarterfinal game. Madison Floyd (13.8 ppg), Tamyra Bell (13.3 ppg) and Jada Wallace (10.1 ppg) pace a balanced Centurions attack.
Keenan made it to the third round for the third time in the last four years by beating Pendleton 51-47 on the road in second-round play last week. Brittani Goodwin (18.2 ppg) and Daisha Eddy (14.6 ppg) are the top producers for Reggie McLain’s squad.
Southside eliminated Columbia, 63-36, in second-round action as Chelsea Walker (24 points, 10 rebounds) and Jasmine Franklin (12 points, 10 boards) rang up double doubles. The Tigers are a balanced bunch with four players averaging double figures – Walker (12.9 ppg), Nikki Young (12.5), Franklin (12.1) and McKenzie Weston (11.3).