Columbia and Eau Claire are the two Midlands teams left standing in the Class 2A state girls basketball playoffs. The Capitals joined the top-ranked Shamrocks in the second round by handing host Saluda, the No. 2 seed in Region 3-2A, a hefty 61-35 loss.
Meanwhile, defending state champion Keenan saw its reign officially come to an end on Tuesday at Strom Thurmond, and Mid-Carolina was expelled by Lee Central, 54-28.
Jasmine Harris led the Capitals (9-14) to their 15th straight first-round win by scoring a a game-high 21 points. Teammate Norisha Victrom chipped in 10 points. Columbia has a tough road challenge on tap Friday in Greenville against potent Southside, an 83-22 first-round winner over Emerald.
Keenan, which finished 10-12, had no chance against Strom Thurmond senior star Courtney Mealing in Johnston last night nearly outscored the Raiders herself in the Rebels 84-60 romp. Mealing poured in 51 points, taking 40 shots from the field and 22 at the free-throw line on the way to a personal single-game high. Mealing’s previous best total was 48 points last season against Swansea.
Keenan was the only Region 4-4A entry to fall in the first round.
Lee Central sent Mid-Carolina packing with a 54-28 romp in Bishopville. Lori Fulmer had 10 points for the Rebels, who closed at 8-13.