AIKEN GIRLS 58, SUMMERVILLE 45

By DAVID SHELTON


Special to the Post and Courier


SUMMERVILLE — What had been a very nice run ended with a second-round playoff loss to visiting Aiken as the Summerville High girls’ basketball team dropped a 58-45 decision on Friday night.


Summerville saw its 11-game winning streak snapped and finished the season with a 20-6 record.


Summerville got off to a very slow start, falling behind 18-7 after one quarter. Though it made a run early in the third quarter, Aiken was simply too strong inside.


“The start of the game certainly did not go the way we wanted but we battled, got the lead to four and six there in the third quarter. You have to tip your hat to them (Aiken). They just hit some big shots,” said Summerville coach Matt Legare. “They beat us in every facet really. They’re a good team and we knew that coming in. We did think we could win. We had won 11 straight and were playing pretty good but Aiken played very well.”


Aiken head coach Aubrey Pompey said his defense sparked the early run, agreeing that his team “made some big shots” to collect the road win.


“We played well defensively early,” he said. “I think that really got us going.”


Kwanza Murray led Summerville’s effort with 14 points. Aiken placed three players in double figures, led by forward Alexis Odom with 12 points. Rebekah Muir and Erin Gilmore each added 11 points for Aiken, which improved to 18-7 on the season.


Down 26-18 at the half, Summerville trimmed the lead to four at 32-28 with 4:20 remaining.


The Greenwave then went ice cold from the floor and Aiken put the game away with a 23-2 run over the next eight minutes, taking its largest lead at 55-30 midway through the fourth quarter.


Summerville continued to battle and trimmed the lead to 11 late in the game.


“We don’t quit and this basketball team showed a lot of fight tonight,” said Legare. “Even with under a minute left, I think this team still believed they could win. I’m very proud of the season we had and we have a lot to look forward to.”


Aiken moves on to play West Ashley in the lower state semifinal game on Monday.