Eau Claire received a split decision on Saturday at Broome in the Class 3A state basketball playoffs.
The host Centurions girls avenged a third round loss to EC last season by eliminating the Shamrocks 70-58 in the open, but the Eau Claire boys shocked region champion Broome 59-29 in the nightcap to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 11 years.
It all fell apart for the EC girls in the second quarter. The Shamrock built a 24-21 lead, but Broome altered the equation with a 22-2 run to carry a commanding 40-26 lead into the break. The closest C would get in the second half was to pull within 63-55 with 3:06 left in the contest.
A.J. Caldwell fired in 23 points for the winning Shamrocks boys, but the story of the game was EC’s stellar defensive performance. Broome managed just two points in the third quarter, and put lonely eight on the board in the entire second half.
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Eau Claire put the clamps on after charging to a 35-21 lead by halftime.
The Shamrocks of coach Lamont Britt (18-7) travel to face Indian Land in the third round on Wednesday with a spot in the Upper State championship game on the line.
The EC girls closed the book on an 18-7 campaign.