Columbia and Keenan host first-round games in the Class 2A state girls basketball playoffs on Tuesday.
Columbia (18-4) is riding a 12-game winning streak and enters the playoffs as a No. 1 seed for the second year in a row. The Capitals went 10-0 en route to the Region 3-2A championship – claiming outright region honors for the first time since 2005. Columbia draws Buford in the first round. Bobby Young’s team is a heavy favorite against the visiting Yellow Jackets. The Caps, after all, have won 18 straight playoff openers since 1994.
The Capitals are not deep, but the starting five makes balanced contributions to the cause – seniors Norrisha Victrum, Dorothy Brown and Tierra Richardson, junior Jarea Myers and sophomore Alexis Foulks.
Keenan (12-11) finished second behind Columbia in Region 3, and hosts Lake City in the first round. The young Raiders were the big surprise in the 2A playoff last season, advancing to the state championship game before falling to Timberland. Keenan beat Columbia in the Upper State championship game to qualify for the title bout.
Keira Robinson is the Raiders go-to player.
Eau Claire (9-9) and Batesburg-Leesville (4-14) both open on the road. EC travels to face Andrew Jackson, while B-L plays at Cheraw.
Pelion (8-10) qualified for the Lower State bracket as the No. 3 seed out of Region 5. The Panthers have a first-round game at Hanahan with the goal of halting an eight-game postseason losing streak.