White Knoll split two state playoff basketball play-in games on Friday.
The Timberwolves boys defeated North Augusta on the Yellow Jackets floor 65-50 to earn the fourth and final state playoff invitation out of Region 5-4A. The girls team had playoff hopes end with a 49-41 loss at Aiken.
The White Knoll boys won three of their last five region games after getting off to a 0-5 start to finish in a fourth place tie with North Augusta. The key win in the stretch was a 63-52 success against North Augusta on Jan. 31.
Julian Johnson (19 points), Keith Jumper (15), Emarius Logan (13) and Tom Bradley (12) power the T-Wolves to their biggest win of the year. White Knoll enters the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs on Wednesday with a 13-13 record.
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The WK girls finished in a three-way tie for fourth place with Aiken and South Aiken with 2-8 region records. South Aiken’s poor non-region schedule eliminated the Thoroughbreds from the tie-breaking process. White Knoll and Aiken split the two region meetings, requiring Friday’s special tie-breaking contest.
Aiken jumped out to a 14-5 lead by the end of the first quarter and was never seriously challenged by the T-Wolves the rest of the way. Sommer Cagle had 16 points for White Knoll, which closed the book on an 8-14 campaign.