Saturday 2/26 HS Basketball Playoffs

Christian Academy holds up three fingers for the 3rd state title in three years.

SCHSL State Semifinals at the Citadel

1A Girls State Semifinals: Ridgeland 35 Timmonsville 33

The Lady Whirlwinds tipped off the day's action at the Citadel at 11:00 am. For the first time this season, Perry Stokes team trailed at the half 18-14, but opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run. Sade Eli scored five straight points and then an Asia Graham baseline jumper put the Lady Whirlwinds in front 21-18. Ashley McKithen closed the third quarter with a pair of buckets to give Timmonsville a 27-23 lead after three.

In the 4th, Ridgeland's Tonisha Roberts hit two three pointers. The second triple gave Ridgeland a 35-33 lead with under three minutes to go. Ridgeland then played keep away as Timmonsville had to foul multiple times to try and get in the bonus. Finally, with 5.5 seconds to go, the Lady Whirlwinds got a jump ball and a chance to tie or go for the win.

Eli had the ball and appeared to have a clear path to the basket, but turned and looked to pass that resulted in a turnover and the end of Timmonsville's perfect season. Eli lead the Lady Whirlwinds with 12 points and McKithen added 8. The Lady Whirlwinds finish the year with a 26-1 record.

SCISA 1A Boys State Championship: Christian Academy (MB) 60 Palmetto Christian 50

Christian Academy (Myrtle Beach) defeated Palmetto Christian 60-50 to win the SCISA Boys Class 1A State Championship in Sumter. Senior Chris Underwood scored 19 points and hauled down 10 rebounds for Christian Academy to earn MVP honors.

Also for Christian Academy, sophomore Kendall Henry tallied 16 points with six rebounds to make the all-tournament team. Senior Gabe Shaw pitched in with a double-double scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds and senior Stephen Jordan had 11 points and 10 rebounds. It's the third time in four years that Christian Academy has won a boys state basketball title.

2A Boys State Semifinals: Mullins 65 North Charleston 59

The Mullins Auctioneers boys basketball team will play for the Class 2A State Championship. The Auctioneers got out to a 19-10 first quarter lead and went on to a 65-59 victory over North Charleston, to win the 2A Lower State Championship. Darnell Coleman led the Auctioneers to victory with a 19 point performance. Mullins will play W.J. Keenan in the 2A state title game next Saturday at 5 p.m. Keenan defeated Indian Land 65-36 to win the Upper State Championship.

3A Girls State Semifinals: Myrtle Beach 59 Hartsville 56

The Myrtle Beach Lady Seahawks beat the Hartsville Lady Red Foxes 59-56 in a Girls 3A State Semi-Final game played at The Citadel on Saturday. Myrtle Beach was led by two-time WPDE Miss Hoop Zone Khadijah Sessions with 15 points. Sessions was deadly from the free throw line hitting 13 of 16 shots. Jasmine Phillips led Hartsville with 19 points.

The Hartsville loss ends the career of longtime Red Foxes head coach Pat Hewitt. The Red Foxes finished the season with a 20-7 record. Myrtle Beach (26-5) advances to the Girls 3A title game next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. against Greenville who beat Southside in the Upper State title game 56-27.

3A Boys State Semifinals: Darlington 70 Lower Richland 59

Darlington eliminated Lower Richland 70-59 in a Boys Class 3A State Semi-Final game in Charleston on Saturday night. Darlington broke a 34-all tie at halftime behind 23 points and 13 rebounds from Sammie Davis.

It was a sweet win for the Falcons who lost to Lake City in the State Semi-Final round last season. The last time Darlington won a boys state basketball championship was back in the 1982--83 season when the school was named St. John's High.

Darlington advances to play in the 3A title game next Saturday in Columbia at 8:30 p.m. against Wade Hampton. Wade Hampton beat Southside 62-57 to win the Upper State title.

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