Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Summerville girls’ basketball team normally makes the playoffs, but none of the members of this year’s squad had experienced advancing to the state quarterfinals until last week.
The Lady Green Wave (20-6) fought for a 59-52 win over North Augusta Saturday to advance to the third round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
“This is so amazing,” Summerville 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.”
Summerville played at Goose Creek Tuesday after press time with a chance to advance to the Lower State Championship game on the line.
North Augusta seemed to have Summerville’s number early on as the Lady Yellow Jackets pulled out to a 13-9 lead in the first period. Summerville took 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 advantage into halftime.
Midway through the third period, the Lady Green Wave hit some key free throws and forced its own turnovers. Ashley Green made a pair of steals late in the period that both led to scores.
After the second, she took a hard intentional foul that brought the Summerville trainer to the floor. Green sat out the rest of the period, but her team rallied around her and scored the next 3 points to take momentum and a 43-37 lead into the final period.
“We came through as a team,” Green said. “We weren’t getting all the calls we felt we should so we just toughened up and made some key plays down the stretch. That was the most physical game I’ve ever played but we, as a team, battled it out.”
Early in the fourth, the Lady Green Wave pulled ahead by 8 with 3:44 remaining. North Augusta kept fighting and cut the lead to 3. However, when the Yellow Jackets 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.
“Psychologically, this is a big step for us,” Summerville coach Matt Legare said. “North Augusta came in here with a good game plan and outplayed us in the first half. But we came out of the locker room determined and played well. It might not show on the stats sheet, but all of our girls contributed in some way and that was the difference.”
On Thursday, the Lady Green Wave downed West Ashley 79-47 in the opening round of the playoffs.
The first half was a tight contest. Summerville had a small surge late in the second period to pull ahead for a 39-30 lead at the half. Summerville then outscored the Lady Wildcats 21-5 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Chapman scored a game-high 22 points and Summerville had four other players score in double figures. Zuri Green scored 16, Capers 13 and both Ashley Green and Dalexis Aldridge 10.
West Ashley was eliminated with a 15-7 record.
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