High School Sports

B-C girls upset No. 2 South Aiken

Brookland-Cayce’s girls soccer team scored a major upset of Class 3A second-ranked South Aiken on Tuesday night, handing the Thoroughbreds a 1-0 Region 5-3A setback.

It was the first region loss of the season for South Aiken (12-2, 4-1), and gave the Bearcats (5-4-1, 2-3) a chance to get back into the conference championship hunt, or at least a shot at earning a home date in the first round of the state playoffs.

“It was a huge win for us,” said B-C co-coach Katie Smith. “With three losses in the region, we knew we had to win. The girls showed up to play last night.”

Kimmy Batson scored the only goal of the match, off an assist by Ashleigh Nettles. It was the fourth goal of the season for Batson, who drew even with Sarah Johnson and Nellie Phillips for the team scoring lead.

Bearcats sophomore keeper Jennifer Merrit was key to the B-C win, coming up with several clutch save. She had eight stops on the night.

Brookland-Cayce resumed play on Tuesday after sitting idle for 15 days during spring break.