High School Sports

Lexington girls score another 5-4A upset

Lexington’s girls basketball team continued its late-season drive for a state playoff spot with another major region 5-4A upset on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats, who stunned first-place Irmo 38-37 on Feb. 2, dropped North Augusta out of a tie for first place with a 49-45 win at home last night. The net effect of the latest shocker is Irmo now stands alone in first place with one game lead over North Augusta and Dutch Fork entering Friday’s final round of conference action. Lexington (11-9, 6-7) is tied with Orangeburg-Wilkinson for fifth place in the region standings, but will need some help to earn a playoff spot.

If Lexington beats White Knoll on Friday and O-W defeats Richland Northeast, the Bruins would rate the region’s fifth and final playoff spot thanks to a sweep of the Wildcats this season. Lexington’s only hope is to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place with O-W and Aiken and hope the region tie-breaking system works to their advantage. Aiken (7-6 and in fourth place) travels to face an angry North Augusta squad on Friday.

Jasmine Pinckney, Laura Beth Neal and freshman Allison Kay all played key roles in Lexington’s latest upset. Pinckney scored 12 points and dished out five assists. Neal tallied 11 points, going 3-for-6 from 3-point range. Kay had nine points and saved the best for last – scoring the Wildcats’ final five points of the game with a lay-up and a 3-for-4 performance at the free-throw line.