Originally created 02/20/03

S.C. playoff capsules



GIRLS

CLASS AAA

MIDLAND VALLEY (8-15)

OPPONENT: No. 4 Lady Mustangs vs. No. 1 Myrtle Beach

WHEN: 7 tonight

WHERE: Myrtle Beach

NOTES: A young squad with good talent - the Lady Mustangs start two freshman ... This is Midland Valley's second-straight playoff appearance ... Rookie guard Ashley Butler leads the team with 14 points per game.

STROM THURMOND (11-12)

OPPONENT: No. 3 Lady Rebels vs. No. 2 North Myrtle Beach

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: North Myrtle Beach

NOTES: Beat Midland Valley by 24 points in final regular-season game ... Team has been up and down this year ... 5-10 freshman center Nicole Mealing averages 16 points and 10 rebounds per game.

CLASS AA

BARNWELL (20-1)

OPPONENT: No. 1 Lady Warhorses vs. No. 4 Hanahan

WHEN: 6:30 tonight

WHERE: Barnwell

NOTES: Only loss came to South Aiken in a Christmas tournament ... Lady Warhorses were a Final Four team last season ... Will have to contain Hanahan's quickness ... Team standout Melanie Johnson slowly returning from ankle injury.

SILVER BLUFF (6-14)

OPPONENT: No. 4 Lady Bulldogs vs. No. 1 Burke

WHEN: 7 tonight

WHERE: Burke

NOTES: Team has played much better in recent weeks .. Silver Bluff has had trouble keeping its early-game momentum ... Deidre Simmons, Shawna Barefield and Earnestine Holmes lead squad.

CLASS A

BLACKVILLE-HILDA (11-9)

OPPONENT: No. 4 Lady Hawks vs. No. 1 Branchville

WHEN:7 tonight

WHERE: Branchville

NOTES: Team's been inconsistent this season ... Two freshmen - Renee Hammonds and Ericka Williams - have been big for Lady Hawks ... When they're ready to play, they're a pretty decent team.

McCORMICK (11-11)

OPPONENT: No. 4 Lady Chiefs vs. No. 1 Jonesville

WHEN: 7 tonight

WHERE: Jonesville

NOTES: McCormick has suffered through youth and injuries ... Went through rough patches early in the season, but rebounded in region play ... Beat everybody in the conference except Ridge Spring-Monetta.

RIDGE SPRING-MONETTA (17-4)

OPPONENT: No. 1 Lady Trojans vs. No. 4 Southside Christian

WHEN:7 tonight

WHERE: Ridge Spring-Monetta

NOTES: Coming in off a regular-season loss to Thornwell ... Of the defeat, coach Gail Johnson says every now and then, "You need a slap in the face" ... Three seniors - Kikki Valentine. Rasalyn Brunson and Lawonda Billings - are instrumental.

BOYS

CLASS AAA

MIDLAND VALLEY (11-11)

OPPONENT: No. 3 Mustangs vs. No. 2 North Myrtle Beach

WHEN:8:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: North Myrtle Beach

NOTES: Mustangs are close to playing the best basketball they can play ... Must overcome North Myrtle Beach's height advantage and athleticism ... Team went 3-18 last season, so already this year is a success.

CLASS AA

SILVER BLUFF (18-7)

OPPONENT: No. 1 Bulldogs vs. No. 4 Hanahan

WHEN:7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Silver Bluff

NOTES: Have won 14 of its last 15 games ... University of South Carolina signee Brandon Wallace averaging 21 points and 15.6 rebounds per game ... Team is not as talented as last year's Final Four squad, but the Bulldogs are more in sync.

CLASS A

RIDGE SPRING-MONETTA (11-12)

OPPONENT: No. 3 Trojans vs. No. 2 Christ Church

WHEN:7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Christ Church

NOTES: Team has done just enough to get by ... Lost focus at the end of region play, but beat Ninety-Six last week to get the third seed ... Cedric Williams and Eric Smith combine for 34 points per game.

McCORMICK (11-9)

OPPONENT: No. 2 Chiefs vs. No. 3 Landrum

WHEN:7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: McCormick

NOTES: Tough test for McCormick; Landrum is 19-5 ... Will have to work ball inside where the Chiefs have a height advantage ... Ariel White is the team's work-horse, averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks per game.

BLACKVILLE-HILDA (12-8)

OPPONENT: No. 2 Fighting Hawks vs. No. 3 Baptist Hill

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Blackville-Hilda

NOTES: Brandon Isaac is an All-State player... He's averaging 15.6 points per game, while Elliot Williams pours in 13.6 ... First time in a decade Blackville-Hilda has played a home playoff game.

- Josh Katzowitz