Aiken ousts Lady Green Wave in second round
Nearly every time the Summerville girls gained a little momentum, Aiken made a run.
Summerville (20-6) was eliminated from the Class AAAA state playoffs Friday with a 58-45 loss to Aiken (18-7) in the second round.
“The start didn't go our way,” Summerville coach Matt Legare said. “Our shots weren't falling in the first period. You have to give it to them. They got that early lead and then hit enough big shots to keep us at bay. But our girls battled. They played hard until the end.”
The Lady Hornets opened the game with a 13-2 run and led 18-7 at the end of the first period. The Lady Green Wave then had a lot of success in the paint to cut into the lead.
With 3:38 remaining in the half, senior Michelle Padgett electrified the crowd and the Wave bench with a jumper that cut the lead to 5. However, Aiken scored the next five points to take a 26-18 lead into the half.
Kwanza Murray hit a pair of 3-point shots and set up a bucket with a nifty fake and pass inside to cut the lead to 4 early in the third. But Aiken closed the period out with a 14-4 run for a 44-30 score entering the final period.
The scoring then slowed and Summerville didn't make a single basket in the first five minutes of the fourth. The Lady Wave outscored the Lady Hornets 15-3 from there but ran out of time.
Murray led the Summerville scorers with 12 points and Alexis Odom scored 12 to lead Aiken. Erin Gilmore and Rebekah Muir both added 11 points for the Lady Hornets.
“Losing this one stings but we have some fond memories from this season and the future looks bright,” Legare said. “This year's seniors as well as last year's seniors did a good job getting something started here. We are a pretty young team and have some athletes we are really excited about so now we just need to continue to work so we can keep it going.”
Summerville entered the playoffs ranked ninth in the Girls Class AAAA state coaches poll. The team is also the 2013 Region 8-AAAA champion.
Seniors Tinara Brown, JaKaylah Ravenell and Padgett will be moving on, but the team has nine players who began the season with the varsity who should return. Brown is the team's starting point guard and Ravenell is also a guard, but the Lady Green Wave will return some of its leading scorers.
Legare says he is also excited about some of the players expected to move up from the JV team.
Aiken (58): Alexis Odom 12, Erin Gilmore 11, Rebekah Muir 11, Tyler 9, Graham 9, Williams 6
Summerville (45): Kwanza Murray 12, Heather Chapman 10, Zuri Green 8, Brown 7, Capers 5, Padgett 2, Ashley Green 1