Midlands teams went 3-2 in the first round of the Class 2A state girls basketball playoffs on Tuesday.
Co-Region 3 champions Columbia and Eau Claire rolled to home wins, while Keenan advanced with an impressive road win at Cheraw. Newberry and Swansea were sent packing with first-round losses.
Columbia (19-3) crushed Andrew Jackson 60-42 for its 18th consecutive first round win. Brittany Pimpleton, Norrisha Victrum and Rose Robinson accounted for 42 of the Capitals’ 60 points. Pimpleton fired in 16, points, Victrum tallied and Robinson deposited 11.
Columbia hosts Pendleton in second round action on Friday. The Bulldogs scored a 53-51 road win at Newberry last night for its sixth consecutive first-round success. The second round has been an issue in recent years for Bobby Young’s vaunted program. In fact, the Capitals, who still stand as the state’s leader in Modern Era playoff wins (64 since 1971), have been expelled in the second round three years in a row and four times in five seasons since 2006.
Ironically, Columbia’s only second round triumph since 2006 came against Pendleton in 2008. The Bulldogs started the Capitals second round woes with a win in 2006.
Eau Claire (18-6) bounced back from a bad showing in a tie-breaking loss to Columbia last week, opened the playoffs with a rousing 54-30 win over Indian Land. Moniqua Davis and Thaesha Lyles paced the Shamrocks with 17 points apiece.
EC faces a tough second round challenge on Friday. The Shamrocks travel to take on Region 2 champion Broome. The 22-3 Centurions blasted Liberty 74-24 on Tuesday for its 12th win in a row.
Daisha Eaddy erupted for 38 points to headline Keenan’s rousing road win at Cheraw. The Raider sophomore shooting guard had plenty of support from sophomore point guard Keira Robinson (15 points) and junior center Jocolby Brown (12).
The Raiders (17-7) hit the road again on Friday to face Region 1 champion Palmetto – a 55-44 first round winner over Woodruff. Keenan will be looking to advance to the third round for the fourth season in a row.
Swansea’s season came to an end at Bishop England in the Lower State bracket. Kristen Cotton scored 16 for the Tigers, who closed with an 11-10 record.
Newberry suffered a first round exit for the fourth time in five tries since 2006. The Bulldogs finished also with an 11-10 mark.