Keenan is the only Midlands school to advance it boys and girls basketball teams to the third round of the state basketball playoffs.
The task was accomplished on Saturday when Zach Norris’s top-ranked, defending state champion Raiders defeated Newberry 63-46 in the second round of the Class 2A boys playoffs. It was the 59th state playoff win for Keenan, which is third on the Modern Era postseason win list behind Great Falls (86) and Calhoun Falls (68).
Keenan hosts Lee Central on Wednesday with a chance at advancing to the state semifinals for the sixth time in seven tries since making its Class 2A debut in 2005.
The Raiders girls, who entered the playoffs as a No. 3 seed out of tough Region 3, set up the sweep by downing Palmetto 46-33 Friday on the road. The win allowed Keenan to advance to the Elite Eight for the four year in a row.
The two key features in the Raiders winning formula were a trapping half-court press and the hot shooting of sophomore guard Keira Robinson.
Keenan’s trap took the region champion Mustangs aback and Robinson set the offensive tone early – scoring 15 of her game high 26 points in the first half. The Raiders led 20-10 by the end of the first quarter and had a 34-18 advantage at intermission.
The Raider girls (17-8) hit the road again on Tuesday to face Broome – the team that send Eau Claire packing on Saturday night.