Dreher opened the Class 3A state girls basketball playoffs on the road as a No. 3 seed. The Blue Devils rate an unexpected second-round home contest on Thursday.
Dreher (16-9) did their part in the scenario, handing host St. James a 51-46 first-round loss. The win in conjunction with Lakewood’s 42-38 upset win at Hilton Head, affords the Blue Devils a home game in the second round on Wednesday.
Freshman Kaydra Duckett pumped in 20 points to rate game scoring honors, while teammate Maykala Johnson tallied 12 points in support. Lakewood, the No. 4 seed out of Region 6, stunned the Region 7 champion Seahawks by jumping out to a 12-0 lead and holding on from there.
The Blue Devils trailed entering the fourth quarter, but sealed the deal with a 16-9 run over the final eight minutes. Dreher was clutch at the free throw line with the game on the line – converting 10 of 12 charity chances in the final frame.
In other 3A first round games, Lower Richland advanced by crushing Wilson 66-31 and Airport nipped North Myrtle beach 48-47, but A.C. Flora’s season came to an end against mighty Myrtle Beach, 73-52.
Lower Richland (21-3) breezed by the visiting Tigers from Florence as Justice Nathan tallied a game high 17 points, Staci Harris rang up 15, Jasmine Richardson chipped in 10. It was LR’s sixth straight first-round triumph. The Diamond Hornets host Crestwood on Thursday.
Perhaps it was fitting that Airport had a struggle on its hands to advance. After all, it was only the second playoff win in program history. The Eagles, who are now 2-12 in postseason play, look to make a little history on Thursday at Hartsville. The idea is to win and advance to the third round for the first time. The host, Region 6 champion Red Foxes are 18-6 in their first season in 3A.
A.C. Flora closed the book on a 15-10 campaign. Kyesia Dawkins and Alex Jacobs paced the Falcons with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Khadijah Sessions led Myrtle Beach (21-5) with 24 points.