Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Grovetown and Cross Creek tip off "ladies night" in first round of state tournament action.

It was “ladies first” Tuesday as Grovetown and Cross Creek, two class 5A state title contenders, tipped off the state playoff action in the area. Both hosted home games in the first round of GHSA state tournament action. The boys start Wednesday evening.

Grovetown's Lady Warriors (27-1) vs Camden County (19-9)

The Lady Warriors, region 5A champions, pounded visiting Camden County 75-25 to set up a meeting Friday at Grovetown with region 6’s second seed Mays, the Atlanta school who topped defending 3A state champ Laney earlier this season. The 50 point victory Tuesday builds on a three game run through last week’s tournament in which the team’s total margin of victory was 61 points

Cross Creek (20-6) vs South Effingham (23-4)

Cross Creek is the only team to log a win over Grovetown, and the Lady Razorbacks are a contender for a 5A state title. Junior Alana Davis has been electric in the post season. Her 32 points in Tuesday’s 86-54 first round state playoff win over South Effingham comes on the heels of her averages of 26 points and 10 rebounds per game in last week’s region tournament. And point guard Nya Daniels logged a double-double with 23 points and 11 assists.

The Lady Razorbacks travel Friday to Southwest Dekalb, region 6’s top seed.

More about Grovetown and Cross Creek's post season

Grovetown is certainly on a roll. 

The team has lost only one game all season, and that loss was avenged for the second time last week when the Lady Warriors topped Cross Creek’s Lady Razorbacks 71-54 in the championship game of the class 5A, region 2 tournament.

Juniors Destiny Marshall (24 points) and Elizabeth Metress (16 points, 5 assists) led Grovetown in the game for class 5A, region 2’s top seed.

The Lady Warriors dominated last week’s three region tournament games, winning with a 20 point average margin of victory. 

The intimidating frontline of Destiny Marshall (18 ppg, 4 spg); Kwajelin Farrar (12 ppg, 15 rpg); and Ayana Collins (13 ppg, 10 rpg) led the Lady Warriors through that blitz. (These per game averages are taken only from the region tournament games.)

Davis and Daniels shine

Alana Davis's 32 points in Tuesday’s win over South Effingham followed the 6’2” center's 26 points, 10 rebound per game average in last week’s runner up finish in the class 5A, region 2 tournament.

Nya Daniels averaged 12 points and 4 assists during last week’s region class 5A, region 2 tournament. The left handed guard with a smooth stroke played a crucial role in the Lady Razorbacks’ dramatic semifinal win over Warner Robins, who was ranked number one in the state at the time.

The junior scored 23 points and dished out 11 assists in Tuesday’s 86-54 first round state playoff home win over South Effingham.

In other news...

North Augusta and Washington County’s girls, as well as Midland Valley’s boys (the defending South Carolina class 3A state champs) all won their first round games. Hephzibah and Josey’s girls' seasons ended Tuesday on the road in state playoff action.

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