Lowco Hoops Live: Wednesday, Feb. 16

It’s a little different version of Lowco Hoops Live as we embark on the February Frenzy of the high school basketball playoffs — and we’re opening it up to everyone. Lowco teams had mixed results on the opening night of the SCHSL girls basketball playoffs, as three area squads advanced while three others bowed out.

Among the early exits was top-seeded Bluffton, which let a four-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter of a 38-33 home loss to Darlington after posting a 20-1 mark in the regular season. May River and Colleton County also bowed out, but Hilton Head High kept the Lowco alive in the Class 4A bracket with a 58-54 comeback win at Midland Valley. Ridgeland-Hardeeville (Class 2A) and Whale Branch (Class 1A) also pulled off road wins to advance to Friday’s second round.

The SCHSL boys postseason tips off Thursday, and one more area girls team will also be in action with Battery Creek opening the Class 3A playoffs.

Check LowcoSports.com later for full recaps of Wednesday’s games.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

4A girls

South Florence 63, May River 33: The Bruins bolted to a 27-5 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Morgan Scott led the Sharks with 14 points.

Hilton Head High 58, Midland Valley 54: Lynda Young scored 19 points, Gianna Timko added 15, and Janiya Ferebee contributed 13 to lead the Seahawks back from a 12-point deficit to advance to earn a trip to South Florence on Friday.

Darlington 38, Bluffton 33: The Bobcats overcame a sluggish start to take a four-point lead into the fourth quarter, but a short-handed frontcourt had trouble dealing with Falcons 6-footer Sommer Joseph as Darlington rallied for the upset on the road.

Aiken 73, Colleton County 28: The Cougars couldn’t find a rhythm on offense against a stifling Aiken team, which led 30-2 after the first quarter and rolled to a big win to end the Cougars’ season.

2A girls

Ridgeland-Hardeeville 47, Kingstree 37: Sa’nay Patterson scored 20 points, Janiyah Chaneyfield added 15, and Imani Patterson had nine as the Jaguars pulled away after halftime to win on the road and advance to face fifth-ranked Andrew Jackson on the road Friday.

1A girls

Whale Branch 64, Carvers Bay 36: Kynew Barnwell put up 30 points, Kiana Smashum added 12, and Layla Love had 10 as the Warriors dominated the Bears on the road to earn a road matchup with Estill on Friday. The Warriors swept two meetings with the Gators in the regular season.

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