Lady Patriots fall in division championship

  • Friday, January 3, 2014

Roger Lee/Journal Scene J’Quana King helped the Lady Patriots claim a runner-up trophy for the Carolina Invitational Tournament Monday.

The Lady Patriots advanced to the championship game of their division during the 2013 Carolina Invitational Tournament but had to settle for the runner-up trophy.

Fort Dorchester opened the tournament with a win over Stratford Dec. 27 and advanced to the title game with a 55-50 win over Baptist Hill Saturday. But the Lady Patriots fell 42-29 to East Hall of Georgia in the championship game for the River Division Monday.

“I’m proud of my team and I think we grew up some during this tournament,” Fort Dorchester coach Randall Slawson said. “East Hall is a very disciplined team. We played well but our inexperience showed. The big thing is we made too many turnovers.”

Fort Dorchester cut the East Hall lead down to 4 late in the game, but then East Hall scored a quick 7 points off turnovers and began to pull away for good. Slawson is hoping the experience will help his team in the long run.

“We have played a tough schedule early this season,” Slawson said. “We saw some good teams this weekend and by the time we reach region play we would have seen West Ashley twice and Goose Creek twice. We should be prepared for the second half of the season.”

The Lady Green Wave and the Lady Swamp Foxes both finished in sixth place for their division at the tournament, which featured 64 teams.

The Summerville girls fell to Bullitt East of Kentucky in the opening round but bounced back with a 72-42 win over Pinewood. The Lady Green Wave then fell 84-70 to Centreville of West Virginia in the fifth-place game for the division.

Ashley Ridge opened with a loss to Butler of Kentucky but bounced back with a 47-45 win over Cheraw. The Lady Swamp Foxes then fell 33-24 to Mauldin in the fifth-place game for their division.

Pinewood also lost to Goose Creek and Union County.

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