The Spring Valley defense neutralized an effective Laurens attack, while the offense played well enough to close out a 72-57 victory against the Raiders in the second round of the Class 4A Upper State playoffs.
Dominique Taylor led the way for the Vikings (18-9) with 20 points. P.J. Dozier and Jamil Taborn added 13 points apiece.
Spring Valley plays the winner of the Rock Hill-Hillcrest matchup on Tuesday. Rock Hill-Hillcrest was scheduled for Saturday but was cancelled because of the weather.
The Vikings took advantage of Laurens’ extended 2-3 defense.
“We didn’t see them on film, but we got a scouting report that said they tend to leave the middle open,” Vikings coach Perry Dozier said. “We tried to attack, and it worked. But the team is very athletic. They can play with just about anybody.”
The Vikings’ may have won by 15 points, but most of that margin happened in the second quarter.
Spring Valley edged Laurens 11-9 in a defensive first quarter but outscored the Raiders 25-14 in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 36-23 advantage.
After that second-quarter surge, however, Spring Valley and Laurens traded shot for shot in the second half. The Vikings held off Laurens 16-15 in the third and 20-19 in the fourth to close out the scoring.
Dozier said his team still struggles to get the ball inside but said he was thankful for coming out with a victory.
“They came off a road win to Dorman,” Dozier said of the fourth-seeded Raiders, who upset the top-seeded Cavaliers, 56-48, Wednesday. “That’s not something to smile about. You have to think about a team that can go into Dorman and walk out with a win.”
Khadajah Irby led the Raiders in scoring with 12 points. TyrezzYoung added 11 and Dra Cunningham put up 10 as Laurens finishes the season 17-10.