Rock Hill 77, Mauldin 37
Rock Hill blasted Mauldin in the first half of Tuesday night’s first round 5A girls’ basketball playoff game en route to a 77-37 win.
Kenny Orr’s team advanced past the first round of the state playoffs for the fourth straight year. The Bearcats face Dorman, which beat Westside, in Friday night’s second round.
RiKoya Anderson’s 14 points led five Bearcat scorers in double figures. Tee Ballard, Ashley Crank, Rana Davis-Robinson and Makenna Thompson all had at least 10 points. Asia Austin (19 points) and Auri Tench (18) scored all of Mauldin’s points.
Rock Hill (21-3) led 19-2 after the first quarter, the Bearcats scoring eight of their 19 from the foul line before Anderson buried a corner 3 at the buzzer.
Neither team scored in the first three minutes of the second quarter before Rock Hill’s defensive pressure enveloped the Mavericks (8-16) in a deluge of turnovers. The Bearcats would steal the ball and either score or draw a foul.
And then do it again.
In some cases, Rock Hill missed the shot but its relentlessness transferred to the backboards too, like when Ballard followed her own miss with a layup while getting hacked. The converted free throw made it 22-2.
Mauldin managed just six points in the first half, with four of those coming in the last minute. The Bearcats led 39-6, and while there is plenty to clean up in practice over the next few days – there will likely be some layup practice – the first round otherwise went according to their plan.
Nation Ford 49, Greenwood 29
Nation Ford routed Greenwood 49-29 in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs Tuesday at Nation Ford.
Nation Ford led 21-15 at halftime and padded it to 33-22 after three periods. Kelci Adams led Nation Ford with 12 points. Ellona Moulds added 11 points to the winning cause.
Nation Ford improved to 17-6 overall on the year. The Falcons will travel to Gaffney for the second round on Friday.
Hillcrest 76, Clover 73 (OT)
Hillcrest trailed by nine with less than three minutes remaining but fought back to force overtime and eventually beat Clover 76-73 in 5A first round playoff action Tuesday. The Blue Eagles were unlucky to miss a game-winning shot at the end of regulation and a game-tying 3 at the end of overtime.
Wade Hampton 34, Fort Mill 10
Wade Hampton took a 13-4 lead at half and toppled Fort Mill 34-10 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs Tuesday in Greenville.
Fort Mill ends its season with an overall record of 11-12.
Midland Valley 55, South Pointe 52
Midland Valley edged South Pointe 55-52 in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs Tuesday at Midland Valley.
South Pointe led 18-16 at halftime and 30-29 after three periods. Midland Valley used a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a 46-37 lead, before South Pointe came storming back and almost pulled it out.
South Pointe ends its season with an overall record of 17-9.
Berea 68, Chester 23
Berea defeated Chester 68-23 in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs Monday in Greenville.
Chester ends the season with a mark of 2-20.
Lewisville 98, Calhoun Falls 47
Lewisville routed Calhoun Falls 98-47 in the opening round of the Class A playoffs Tuesday in Richburg.
Lewisville bolted to a 25-8 lead after one period, and upped the count to 54-20 at intermission. Lewisville continued to pour it on in the second half, and when the third period was complete the Lions led 78-29.
Lewisville improved to 15-8 overall with the victory.
Lewisville will travel to Norway on Friday night to take on Hunter-Kinard-Tyler in the second round of play.
Chester 72, Palmetto 62
The Cyclones pulled away to knock off visiting Palmetto in the 3A boys' state playoffs. Chester travels to Newberry in the second round Friday.
10 local basketball players named All-State
The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association released its 2018 all-state teams Feb. 13, with 10 locals earning nods.
Nation Ford’s Zeb Graham and Shaman Alston and Fort Mill’s Ryan Heriot claimed all-state honors in the 5A classification, while York’s Malcolm Kennedy made the 4A list. Graham made the 5A All-State squad last year as a sophomore, too.
Chester had an all-state player for the second year running with senior guard T.J. Hollis. Great Falls sophomore Kelton Talford helped the Red Devils win Region 2-A, earning All-State recognition in the process. And from the same region, Lewisville senior Mikial Fourney also made All-State.
Clover’s Aylesha Wade and Rock Hill’s RiKoya Anderson earned 5A girls’ All-State recognition. Anderson is an All-State player for the third time in her high school career, while Wade, just a freshman, received a first all-state selection. Lancaster’s Zaria Woods closed out her high school career with a solid season, earning 4A All-State.
5A: Player of the year - Alexis Tomlin, Carolina Forest. All-State - Laimani Simmons, Woodmont; Greyson Boone, Wade Hampton; Jasmine Oglesby, Gaffney; RiKoya Anderson, Rock Hill; Yamia Johnson, White Knoll; Skylar Blackstock, Wando; Shayla Nelson, Goose Creek; Lenaejha Evans, Conway; Olivia Thompson, Lexington; Alexis Rice, Dorman; Quin Byrd, Hillcrest; Maleia Bracone, T.L. Hanna; Aylesha Wade, Clover; Ashley WIlliamson, Spring Valley; Breanna Robinson, West Ashley.
4A: Player of the year - Amari Young, North Augusta. All-State - Unique Drake, Westwood; Meredith Shipman, Travelers Rest; Megan Jones, Greer; Mya Burns, North Augusta; Madisen Smith, Greenville; Alex Lavore, Wren; Brandi Rivers, Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Jordan Strange, A.C. Flora; Jah’Che Whitefield, Crestwood; Shaquita Joyner, Hartsville; Priscilla Delaney, Stall; Ja’Miya Foy, Stall; Zaria Woods, Lancaster; Janell Horton, Myrtle Beach; Loyal McQueen, Wilson.
3A: Player of the year - Danae McNeal, Swansea. All-State - Anne-Hamilton Leroy, Seneca; Quadijah Moore, Emerald; Jashiya Henderson, Berea; Rayanna Davis, Newberry; Tameshia Woodard, Fairfield Central; Quanajia Drayton, Ridgeland-Hardeeville; Ikela Green, Loris; Mahogany Green, Manning; Ta’quasia Lampkin, Battery Creek; Tamia Grate, Pendleton; Kelsey Felks, Newberry; Mikaela Mcdaniel, Powdersville; Cynthena Sullivan, Strom Thurmond; Jykya Bell, Dillon; Katie Brooks, Bishop England.
2A: Co-players of the year - Star Ergle, Saluda and Malaysia Gates, Batesburg-Leesville. All-State - Danielle Ussery, Andrew Jackson; Janell Sindab, Mullins; Hannah Fuller, Southside Christian; Logan Taylor-McDaniel, Keenan; Makayla Booker, Ninety-Six; Payton Howell, Buford; Kayla Britt, Marion; Shadea Kelly, Burke; Ca’Vashia Johnson, North Charleston; Janell Brown, Calhoun County; Lawren Cook, Christ Church; Robionne Myers, Lee Central; Kateria Brabham, Bamberg-Ehrhardt; Dyani Burke, Eau Claire.
1A: Player of the year - Tamara Jackson, Green Sea-Floyds. All-State - Jordan Brown, McCormick; Makayla Commander, Timmonsville; Crystal Preston, Ridge Spring-Monetta; Shatyra Moree, Cross; La’Royalty Jones, Palmetto Scholars Academy; Taniah Wilkins, High Point Academy; Laquan Coe, Lamar; Faith Vice, Denmark-Olar; Talaysia Cooper, East Clarendon; T’Laysha Creswell, McCormick; Simone Durant, Lamar; Kaitlyn Richmond, Blackville-Hilda; Niriah Walker, Wagener-Salley; Dikayla Wright, McBee; Shay Briscoe, Creek Bridge.
5A: Player of the year - Jimmy Nichols, Conway. All-State - Isiah Moore, Sumter; Traye Carson, Westside; Robert Braswell, Blythewood; Charles Jackson III, Blythewood; Zeb Graham, Nation Ford; Ryan Heriot, Fort Mill; Shaman Alston, Nation Ford; Myles Tate, Dorman; Bradley Childers, Gaffney; Will Edwards, Wade Hampton; JaVarion Calhoun, Greenwood; Jamal Edmonson, Ashley Ridge; Shaq Davis, Summerville; C.J. Felder, Sumter; Ja’hiem, Handy, T.L. Hanna.
4A: Player of the year - Alex Caldwell, Wilson. All-State - Trae Hannibal, Hartsville; Russell Jones, Westwood; Bryson Mozone, North Augusta; Ephraim Butler, Berkeley; Wells Hoag, Greenville; Chris Davis, Greer; Malcolm Kennedy, York; Malcolm Wilson, Ridge View; D.J. Sinkler, A.C. Flora; Grant Singleton, Lakewood; Robert Swanson, Myrtle Beach; Triston Nieves, Colleton County; Quade Parks, Greenville; Graham Burton, Travelers Rest; Zach Foulks, A.C. Flora.
3A: Player of the year - Jermaine Patterson, Bluffton. All-State - John Thorsland, Walhalla; Jamal Burke, Southside; Shaundre Miller, Chapman; Cam Jefferson, Camden; Effix Miller, Swansea; Travis Walters, Loris; Leo Albano, Bishop England; Ben Wolff, Walhalla; Ta’Mious Young, Berea; David Miller, Broome; T.J. Hollis, Chester; Dominique Perry, Brookland-Cayce; Jahrique Isaiah, Loris; Jalen Gibbs, Hannahan; Rashamel Butler, Ridgeland-Hardeeville.
2A: Player of the year - Juwan Gary, Gray Collegiate. All-State - Trey Smith, Landrum; Jalen Coit, Cheraw; Zamuel Fredrick, Calhoun County; Dijon Goss, Carvers Bay; Mikel Shuler, Woodland; Chris Paez, Greenville Tech; Matt Kormylo, Southside Christian; Darjawuan Brown, North Charleston; Dillon Jones, Keenan; Zach Johnson, Saluda; Desmond Tate, Chesnee; Michael (B.J.) Blue, Marion; Bryson Rose, Academic Magnet; Foster Bridges, Landrum; Shamar Matthews, Andrews.
1A: Player of the year - Darius Taylor, Hemingway. All-State - Kelton Talford, Great Falls; Shondale Lowe, Ware Shoals; Jamane Peterson, Lowcountry Leadership; Marlow Gilmore, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler; Mataeo Durant, McCormick; Roderick Pam, Bethune-Bowman; Jayden Byrd, High Point Academy; Shane Hammond, McBee; Desmond Murray, Williston-Elko; Kobe Praylow, Hannah-Pamplico; Keshawn Toney, Williston-Elko; Tyson Bettis, Ridge Spring-Monetta; Mikial Fourney, Lewisville; Darius Williams, Hemingway; BJ Fuller, Cross.