Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Summerville girls’ basketball team defeated a determined West Florence squad Tuesday in the opening round of the state playoffs.
In a fast-paced affair, the Lady Green Wave defeated the Lady Knights 69-59 to advance to the second round. Summerville improved to 20-5 on the season and will host Aiken at 7 p.m. Friday while West Florence ends its season at 15-9.
Turnovers plagued both teams throughout the game but were more damaging to West Florence. However, the Lady Knights did a good job on the boards, pushing the ball inside and striking quickly with some long passes against the relentless Summerville press to create scoring opportunities.
The game was tied at 44-all entering the final period and then the Lady Wave pulled away.
“While we watched film on them, we went into the game not knowing exactly what to expect,” Summerville senior Tinara Brown said. “At the beginning it was tough but at the end we started working hard and really crashing the boards. We pulled together as a team to get the win. It was a strong finish for us so that should help us with momentum but we need to make sure we don’t get a big head because I’m sure every game from here will be tough.”
A.J. Scudder scored 18 points for the Lady Knights, but Summerville junior Kwanza Murray answered with a game-high 27 points. Heather Chapman, Zuri Green and Brown also scored in double digits for Summerville.
The Lady Wave took advantage of several early West Florence turnovers to take a 14-12 lead into the second period. With the help of one of its only two three-point baskets of the evening, West Florence pulled out to a five-point lead early in the second. But Summerville turned the tables largely with some fast-break points and free throws to carry a 32-27 lead into the half.
The Lady Knights controlled the boards and made a lot of second-chance baskets to tie the game entering the final period.
Murray hit her third shot from behind the arc with 2:43 remaining to give Summerville a 60-53 lead. In the following minute-and-a-half, Murray made three steals and hit a pair of free throws while Green hit a 3 to shift the momentum to Summerville for good. The Lady Wave carried a 10-point lead into the final minute of play and matched the Lady Knights’ shots in the final 60 seconds.
“We played hard, but hopefully we will play a little sharper Friday because Aiken is a high-quality basketball team,” Summerville coach Matt Legare said. “We don’t normally give up 59 points so we will work on that. Overall I’m proud of the girls.”
Summerville (69): Tinara Brown 11, JaKaylah Ravenell 2, Heather Chapman 13, Rodnesha Capers 5, Zuri Green 11, Kwanza Murray 27
West Florence (59): Destinee Walker 8, Kendall Corbin 7, A.J. Scudder 18, Quantaysia Lauery 9, Shaleka Taylor 8, Maya Jackson 9
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