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Indian Land and Andrew Jackson saw their 2011 Class AA girls Upper State playoff hopes fizzle in first-round losses to Region III-AA teams on Tuesday night.
The IL girls dropped a loss to second-seeded Eau Claire in Columbia, while Andrew Jackson dropped a 60-42 loss to Columbia, the III-AA champion.
The Lady Capitols of Columbia took control of the game in the second period, stretching a 10-9 lead to 31-15 with a pivotal 21-6 run.
“Coming in here, we knew we had to play four good quarters of basketball and we played about two,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “We allowed Columbia to get some key second shots.
The Lady Caps held a 47-23 edge after three periods on the way to the 18-point win.
“I thought we showed a lot of character during the game and kept fighting to the final buzzer,” Farmer said.
Brittany Templeton tallied 16 points to pace the Lady Caps. Morrisha Victrum netted 15 and Rose Robinson scored 11, including two treys in the second period when CHS began to built its margin.
Dareisha Sowell paced the Lady Vols, who finished 14-9, with 13 points. Bre Wright scored 10. McKenzie Horton hit six.
Rebecca Johnson, Ashleigh Aiello, Leah Kennington, Elizabeth Scott, Ashley Williams and Kristen Rutledge each tallied two points. Brandy Truesdale added one point.
“We had a good year this season,” Farmer said. “We lose two seniors in Rebecca Johnson and Ashleigh Aiello, who gave us outstanding leadership throughout our season.
“We have a good, solid nucleus coming back and I’m looking forward to next season,” Farmer said.
AJ qualified for the Class AA Upstate playoffs as the fourth seed from Region IV-AA.
Columbia hosts Pendleton in second-round play tonight.
EC ousts IL girls
The Indian Land Lady Warriors also had an early exit, falling to Eau Claire in Columbia.
The IL girls trailed 14-6 after the opening period and were down, 29-19 at the half.
The Lady Shamrocks turned up the defensive pressure in the second half when they outscored IL 25-11 to post the 54-30 victory.
EC outscored the Lady Warriors, 11-4 in the third period to forge a 40-23 lead.
Mariah Williams hit 11 points to pace IL, which finished 14-10. Hannah Harris and Shelby McConnell each tallied five points. Jessica Floyd and Brittany Montgomery scored four points each. Lindsay Johnson added one.
Indian Land qualified for the playoffs as the third seed out of Region IV-AA. Eau Claire advances to face Broome in a second-round road game tonight.
“We had a good season, but injuries and some illness hurt us at times this season,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “Our seniors will be missed.”