One Green Wave basketball team has moved on in the playoffs while the other was eliminated Saturday with a 1-point loss.
The Summerville High School girls fought for a 59-52 win over North Augusta in the first game of a double-header held at SHS. The Lady Green Wave will play at Goose Creek Feb. 25 in the third round.
The Summerville girls have been a playoff team for some time, but none of the members on this year’s squad had experienced advancing out of the second round before.
“This is so amazing,” senior Heather Chapman said. “Every day we go to practice and bust our butts and it finally paid off. Now we can celebrate as a family.”
North Augusta seemed to have Summerville’s number early on as it pulled out to a 13-9 lead in the first period. Summerville gained the lead in the second period, but North Augusta forced several turnovers late in the period and scored on some breaks to regain momentum and take a 27-25 lead into halftime.
Midway through the third period, the Lady Green Wave began hitting free throws to cut into the lead. Summerville then forced its own turnovers that it converted into baskets to take a 43-37 lead into the final period.
It was more of the same early in the fourth as the Lady Green Wave pulled ahead by 8 with 3:44 remaining. North Augusta kept fighting and cut the lead to 3, but when it had to resort to fouling, Summerville knocked down enough free throws to secure the win.
“In the locker room at halftime you could tell by our faces we were worried but we realized we just needed to dig down and show them how bad we wanted this,” Chapman said. “We all worked together in the second half and we all worked hard.”
Chapman finished with a team-high 19 points. Zuri Chapman finished with 14 points while Ashley Green added 10 and Rodnesha Capers 9.
North Augusta’s Mallory Stoner finished with a game-high 21 points. Cyoney Mathews added 13 points for North Augusta and Ja’Lyn Sanders added 10.
The Summerville boys suffered a heartbreaking 41-40 loss to Dutch Fork in the second game of the evening.
The teams entered the half with 25 points each and then Dutch Fork pulled out to a 38-35 lead entering the final period.
The Green Wave claimed a 40-39 lead on a Christian Kalacanic free throw with 35 seconds remaining. Summerville’s defense was sound, but with nine seconds remaining Dutch Fork’s Christian Miuj drove the lane and scored. Two Summerville players were in position to defend the shot, but Miuj reversed his release point midair to avoid the block.
Summerville called timeout in an effort to set up a game-winning shot, but the Silver Fox defense didn’t allow much of an opening. Timmy Singleton got a shot off from the baseline with two defenders on him, but it bounced off the bottom of the rim just after the buzzer sounded.
It was a special momentum for Dutch Fork, whose team members had attended a funeral for a fellow athlete at their school earlier in the day. The Silver Foxes advance to face either Wando or Lexington Feb. 25 in the third round.
Summerville senior John Jenkins finished with a game-high 19 points. Kalacanic added 10 for the Green Wave.
Austin Williams led Dutch Fork with 12 points. He was the only Silver Fox to score in double figures.
Dutch Fork improves to 19-7 on the season while Summerville ends its season with a 20-6 record.
For more on both playoff games, see the Feb. 26 edition of the Summerville Journal Scene or revisit www.journalscene.com.