Of the 14 area high school teams that started their playoff runs on Thursday, just six advanced to today’s second round.
Three girls’ teams and three boys’ teams will take the floor today. Three teams will host, while three will hit the road.
One of those host teams will be the Fox Creek boys (21-4), who handled Lewisville 55-38 to set up today’s matchup with Southside Christian (18-6) in the Class A playoffs.
The Sabres beat McCormick 52-40, and Fox Creek head coach Andrew Peckham said the Sabres’ size could be an issue with three players on the roster listed at 6-foot-5 or taller.
“I know they’re pretty good,” Peckham said. “They shoot extremely well from the outside ... and they’re really big.”
The Predators’ tallest players are 6-4, but Peckham said he’d try to counter Southside Christian’s size with a faster pace and an effort at some transition baskets. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta.
In another home game, the Ridge Spring-Monetta girls (17-4), fresh off Thursday’s 44-33 win over McBee, will host Dixie (12-7) at 6 p.m. today. Dixie handled Greer Middle College by a score of 45-33 in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
The third home matchup will pit the North Augusta boys (19-5) against Goose Creek (23-2) at 7 p.m. in the Class AAAA bracket. The home Yellow Jackets are riding the momentum of a 71-47 victory over Ridge View in the first round, while the Gators dispatched Fort Dorchester 53-41.
The Midland Valley boys (22-4) are among the area teams traveling today, as the Mustangs prepare to face Region 8-AAA champion Orangeburg-Wilkinson (16-7) at 7:30 p.m. in the Class AAA playoffs. The Mustangs beat Lakewood 54-36 on Thursday, while the Bruins topped Wilson 51-42.
Mustang head coach Mark Snelgrove pointed to senior guard Lorenzo Riley and 6-foot-7, 260-pound senior center Messiah Rice as potential issues, although the he thought his team’s tendency to run the floor might keep Rice on the bench longer than usual.
Tight confines at the Bruins’ gym and a loud atmosphere will also be factors, he said.
“You’ve got that crowd that’s pretty rambunctious,” Snelgrove said.
The Wagener-Salley girls (16-8) advanced in the Class A bracket with a 38-30 win over Lewisville on Thursday, and now they’ll take aim at host McCormick (16-7) in a game set for 3 p.m. The Chiefs beat Brashier Middle College 50-24 in the opening round.
The final road team in South Carolina High School League play is North Augusta’s girls’ squad. The Yellow Jackets (14-11) took down South Florence 55-39 in the opening round of the Class AAAA bracket on Thursday, and now they’ll travel to play Summerville at 6 p.m. today. The Green Wave (19-4) beat West Ashley 79-44 on Thursday.
The South Carolina Independent School Association playoffs are just getting started today, and the boys’ teams from South Aiken Baptist (10-7) and Wardlaw both made their respective brackets. The Crusaders will be at Heathwood Hall to play Oakbrook Academy at 1:30 p.m. in the Class AA playoffs, while the Patriots will be at Wilson Hall to take on St. John’s Christian at 1 p.m. in Class A action.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University. Follow him on Twitter @ASJTimm.
Today’s Playoff Games
SCHSL Class AAAA
• Goose Creek at North Augusta, 7 p.m.
SCHSL Class AAA
• Midland Valley at Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 7:30 p.m.
SCHSL Class A
• Southside Christian at Fox Creek, 7:30 p.m. (Riverview Park)
SCISA Class AA
• South Aiken Baptist vs. Oakbrook Academy, 1:30 p.m. (Heathwood Hall)
SCISA Class A
• Wardlaw Academy vs. St. John’s Christian, 1 p.m. (Wilson Hall)
SCHSL Class AAAA
• North Augusta at Summerville, 6 p.m.
SCHSL Class A
• Dixie at Ridge Spring-Monetta, 6 p.m.
• Wagener-Salley at McCormick, 3 p.m.