Spring Valley and Dutch Fork advanced in the Class 4A state girls basketball playoffs with easy wins on Tuesday.
Things did not go as well for Ridge View, Irmo and Blythewood.
Spring Valley officially began its quest to return to the big-school throne after the inexplicable late collapse in the last season’s championship game against Goose Creek. The undefeated Vikings (25-0) were all business against Northwestern in the opener, jumping out to a 28-7 lead by the end of the first quarter on the way to a 95-47 triumph over the visiting Trojans.
Xylina McDaniel had quite a night, ringing up 29 points, four rebounds, four assists and four blocks. The junior center shot the ball extremely well – going 10-for-14 from the floor and 8-for-10 at the free throw line.
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Asia Dozier was in top form, as well, with 23 points, five assists and an eye-opening 10 steals.
Otherwise, 5-10 freshman Cierra Carter tallied a career high 11 points, Shaquita Walker posted six points, five assists and five steals and Juliette Love chipped in nine points and a game high eight rebounds.
The Vikings host J.L. Mann on Friday. The Patriots, a dominant player at the 3A level in recent years, made its 4A debut last night with a 64-49 win over Westside.
Dutch Fork (22-2) had an equally stress-free time of it in the opener. The Silver Foxes blasted visiting Clover 79-29.
Alaina Coates clearly was in the starring role, but had plenty of help. Coates finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, eight blocks and seven steals in am impressive all around performance. Donnesha Shuler contributed 14 points, five assists and five steals. Ky’aire Daniels and Shelby Curtis also joined in the fun with 10 points apiece.
The Silver Foxes hit the road for a second round date with Hillcrest in Simpsonville. The Rams toyed with T.L. Hanna, 71-39, in the first round.
Ridge View, Irmo and Blythewood suffered heart-breaking setbacks on Tuesday.
Ridge View had as tough draw. The Blazers finished third in Region 4, but for some reason was placed in the Lower State bracket against Region 7 winner and defending state champion Goose Creek. The No. 3 seed from Region 4 (in boys and girls) is the only No. 3 seed paired up against a No. 1 seed in the 4A bracket.
The Blazers almost pulled off a major upset, but fell 58-55 to the Gators, closing the book on a 14-6 season. The Blazers only losses came against mighty Spring Valley, Dutch Fork and Goose Creek, plus undefeated 2A Silver Bluff.
Elizabeth Stlyes led the Blazers with 19 points and Alexus Jackson added 14. Ridge View had a chance to tie the score and force the game into ovetime, but misfired on two 3-point attempts in the final seconds.
Goose Creek star Aleighsa Welch had a monster game – 29 points, 17 rebounds.
Irmo (12-13) led Region 6 champion Sumter by nine points in the fourth quarter, but failed to seal the deal. A 4-for-10 showing at the free throw line was a key factor in the late fade. Still, the Gamecocks needed a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining to escape with a 49-48 win.
Blythewood (11-12) dropped 53-51 decision at North Augusta to the Region 5 champion Yellow Jackets.