Peddie School (N.J.) snapped Lower Richland's 51-game winning streak with a 51-49 win on Monday in the Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational in Myrtle Beach, sending the Falcons to Tuesday's championship game.
Lower Richland led by as many as 17 in the first half as Peddie standout Haley Peters was saddled with foul trouble. But the Falcons cut the lead to 12 at halftime and eventually regained the lead with 8:22 left.
The lead went back and forth, but Peddie eventually took control in the dying minutes of the second half, icing the game with free throws.
"We knew we were the better team," Peddie's Lexie Gerson said of the team's halftime mindset. "We just had a bad half and got [Peters] three fouls. We knew we could do it."
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Over the weekend, Lower Richland coach Debbie Stroman said she wasn't dwelling on the winning streak. "I guess in the back of my mind it's one of those important things, but it's not something we dwell on. We really are looking forward to winning another state championship."
Lower Richland has clearly established itself as the premier program in South Carolina. The school is ranked 30th in the nation by ESPN and has won three straight championships in South Carolina's highest classification.
The Diamond Hornets dropped to Class AAA this year, making them even bigger favorites to finish their back-to-back-to-back-to-back championship run. That's the streak for which they want to be remembered.
P: Lexie Gerson 10, Alex Smith 12, Lebak 3, Pe-ters 8, Bridgette McKnight 14, Jackson 4. LR: Har-rison 2, Hayes 10, Richbow 8, Stroman 17, Ed-mond 6, Capers 4, Wilson 2.