BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Blackville-Hilda's girls got this year's state playoffs started the same way they ended the last two - with a victory.
The two-time defending Class A state champions made quick work of Calhoun Falls in first round action Thursday night, handing the Lady Flashes a 93-58 defeat.
The Lady Hawks, who advance to play the Great Falls-Jonesville winner in the second round, felt good coming into the postseason. Blackville lost only one player from last year's state title team.
"We were maybe a little too confident," said Lady Hawks coach Farrell Zissette. "We came out too relaxed. We played sorry defense, but I was pleased with our offense. We pretty much did what we wanted to do after starting a little slow."
Zissette got big games from all of his seniors.
Shooting guard Keisha Jones barely missed a triple-double, pumping in a game-high 28 points while dishing out 11 assists and snagging eight steals. Tiffany Hagood scored 19 points, Katrina Coleman added 16 and Shekinie Donaldson chipped in 13.
Tamika Thomas scored just five points, but grabbed 17 rebounds to round out the dominant senior play.
"I look to Tiffany to really make things happen for this team," Zissette added. "We're a senior laden squad. Keisha really stepped it up in playing with a stomach virus. I'm a little disappointed in some of our seniors. They haven't developed as well as I'd hope. We have to play better to beat a state championship caliber team."
Calhoun Falls led 10-7 midway through the first quarter when Jones got tough on defense and Hagood caught fire on the other end. Hagood scored eight straight points off of layups for the Lady Hawks to give Zissette's squad a 15-12 lead.
Jones had four steals and forced two turnovers in the first period, helping Blackville-Hilda (23-1) build a seven point lead.
The floodgates opened completely in the second quarter as Blackville outscored the visitors 24-14.
Hagood, who scored 14 of her 19 points in the first half, drained a 3-pointer to push the lead to 15 and Jones made it 31-14 after scoring off of another steal.
Donaldson's 3-pointer with two minutes to play opened up a 20 point lead for the Lady Hawks, who took a 43-26 advantage into the half. The Lady Hawks built a 42-point lead at one point before cruising to the victory.
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