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Lady Green Wave downs Gators in third round

  • Friday, February 28, 2014

Rob Gantt/Journal Scene Summerville coach Matt Legare discusses strategy during a timeout Tuesday.

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The Lady Green Wave won an intense game in overtime Tuesday to advance to the Lower State championship.

Summerville outscored Goose Creek 12-9 in overtime to earn a 55-52 win in the third round of the Class AAAA girls’ state playoffs. The night marks the first time the Lady Green Wave has advanced to the Lower State championship game since Matt Legare took over the program for the 2010-11 season.

“This is a great accomplishment,” Summerville senior Chelsi Anderson said. “This is the first time this group has beat Goose Creek and it is the first time we have come this far. Most of us have played together since we were on the JV team so to do these big things is amazing for us.”

Summerville will face two-time defending state champion Dutch Fork at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Lower State title game to be held at the Florence Civic Center.

“We owe it to Goose Creek, Ashley Ridge, Colleton County and all those other teams to represent the Lowcountry with some class and pride Friday because Lowcountry girls’ basketball is a quality product,” Legare said. “I know Dutch Fork is well coached and they have good players. They have a lot of mystique about them, but so does Goose Creek. We are going to go out and play as hard as we’ve been playing and see what happens.”

Summerville opened Tuesday’s game with a 9-2 run capped by the game’s first 3-pointer courtesy of Zuri Green. However, Goose Creek came then began taking advantage of its size and battled back to pull within 2 entering the second period.

Lady Green Wave senior Heather Chapman started pushing the ball and scored 7 of her game-high 21 points in the second period, but Summerville only took a 24-23 lead into the half.

Lady Gator Alex Ludwig hit a 3 early in the third to tie the game and with 6:30 remaining in the period Erica Broughton drove the lane for a bucket and Goose Creek’s first lead of the game. With the help of a Ryan Bishop 3-pointer, the Lady Gators pulled ahead 37-32 by the end of the period.

The final period of regulation was a fast-paced battle. Chapman and junior Rodnesha Capers both forced multiple turnovers and scored multiple points to help the Lady Green Wave rally for a 43-all tie at the end of the fourth period.

Both teams had multiple opportunities in overtime but in the end the difference was the 8 points junior Ashley Green scored for Summerville. She drove in for a layup with approximately 7 seconds remaining to give the Lady Green Wave a 53-52 lead and then forced a turnover and hit two free throws for the 3-point Summerville lead.

“I knew we would struggle against them,” Legare said. “I have so much respect for coach Baldwin, he has kind of been a mentor to me, so I knew the first time we beat them was going to have to be a war. Ludwig is a senior who I will miss seeing play and she played her heart out tonight.

“It was just a great high school basketball game between two groups of really good kids.”

Ludwig led the Goose Creek scorers with 13 points. Shakayia Wilson added 11 for the Lady Gators and Mariah Linney 10.

Capers added 11 points for Summerville and Ashley Green finished with 10.

Summerville 55, Goose Creek 52

Summerville (55): Chapman 21, Capers 11, A. Green 10, Z. Green 7, Mazyck 4, Aldridge 2.

Goose Creek (52): Ludwig 13, Wilson 11, Linney 10, Joy 8, Bishop 5, Broughton 3, Frazier 2.

Summerville 15 9 8 11 12–55

Goose Creek 13 10 14 6 9–52

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