AIKEN - Now it's official.
South Aiken is in; North Augusta is out.
South Aiken's Thoroughbreds galloped to a 39-15 halftime lead over Aiken en route to a 79-52 victory on Friday night.
The victory eliminated North Augusta's Yellow Jackets from making a state playoff appearance, while South Aiken becomes the No. 4 team in the Class AAAA competition.
Defending state champion Lexington heads the pack, followed by Irmo and Orangeburg-Wilkinson.
South Aiken led 12-0 and four minutes passed before the Hornets broke the scoring ice.
Eric Toole led the Thoroughbreds with 21 points. Tito Hickson added 14 and Michael Tyler and Tony Kitchings had 12 each.
Wendell Blocker scored 15 and Vic Fuewell had 14 for Aiken.
South Aiken79; Aiken52
SOUTH AIKEN (79)- Tito Hickson 14, Troy Etheredge 2, Eric Toole 21, Damein Williams 2, Michael Tyler 12, Tarence Callahan 6, Bo McCullough 7, Brett Floyd 3, Tony Kitchings 12.
AIKEN (52)- Vic Fuewell 14, Ronald Corley 7, Steven Holmes 5, Branden Dean 2, Raymond Oakman 2, Wendell Blocker 15, Myron Talbert 7.
South Aiken21 18 22 18- 79
Aiken7 8 20 15- 52
Records: South Aiken 18-7, 7-5 in the region; Aiken 4-22, 0-12. Next: South Aiken at State playoffs, TBA.