Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Cross Lady Trojans didn’t let the loss to Baptist Hill for the Region 6A championship get them down for long.
“We played the game and came up a little short,” Coach Calvin Davis said. “We put the game behind us and moved on. It’s a new season now.”
The Lady Trojans rolled to a 51-19 win over Allendale Fairfax in first round playoff action Thursday, Feb. 20 to improve to 19-6 on the season and take on Timmonsville in the second round. Cross was eliminated 59-32 in second round action on Feb. 22.
The Lady Trojans were the only girls team to advance to the playoffs, finishing second in Region 6A. Cross was also the only playoff team to advance to the second round as Berkeley, Timberland and the Cross boys team all suffered defeats in the first round of play.
Myrtle Beach 72, Berkeley 52
On the boys’ side, the Berkeley Stags first trip to the Class AAA in Coach Joe Wallace’s three years as head of the Stags basketball program was short lived. The Stags fell to North Myrtle Beach 72-52 in the first round of playoff action.
Already this season has given Wallace a minor milestone moment as the Stags’ 11 wins were the most for any Wallace coached team.
Wallace knew his team faced a tough first round opponent, on the road, in Myrtle Beach.
“I told my guys that before we even step off the bus, we are already down 10 points. Playing on the road, in the playoffs, in a hostile environment, you have to bring your A Game. They had only lost one home game all season and they were being led by nine seniors.
“We knew that it was going to be a tough battle, but we also knew that the task was not insurmountable.”
Peyton Thompson led the Stags with 10 points in the loss. Mason Edwards added seven points, and Dee Harley and Alex Taylor each chipped in six to help pace Berkeley.
This was the first playoff appearance for a Joe Wallace coached Stags team.
While Berkeley came out on the short end of the stick, they now know what to expect moving forward. “I must give my guys credit. They played hard for 32 minutes,” Wallace said. “None of the guys on our roster had ever played in a basketball playoff game. Now they know what it’s like and what to expect.”
The Stags close out the season with an 11-14 mark while North Myrtle Beach improved to 20-3.
Denmark-Olar 52, Cross 48
The Cross Trojans were one-and-done in the Class A bracket, falling 52-48 to Denmark-Olar on the road.
Chris Turner filled up the score sheet, leading the Vikings with 14 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks to help D-O advance in the Class A playoffs.
Patrick Wright ended the night with 12 points and five assists while Chanslar Kirkland added nine points and 11 rebounds.
There were no scoring statistics available for Cross who finish their season with a 5-14 mark.
Mullins 71, Timberland 62
For Timberland, the playoff season came to a quick end with a 71-62 loss to Mullins in the first round of the Class AA state tournament.
Freshman Jack Felton led all scorers with 25 points for Mullins and Alex Brown added 22 points to help pace the offense.
There were no game stats reported for Timberland. The Wolves finished the season with an 8-16 record and entered into the tournament as the fourth seed from Region 7AA.
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