Palmetto Lightning strikes gold with regional tournament title

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AAU basketball

By The Staff



The Palmetto Lightning has struck gold again.

The Lightning qualified for the AAU girls national basketball tournament after winning the AAU Super Regional tournament at Furman University in Greenville last month.

The Lightning will play in Orlando, Fla., in July.

The Lightning topped the Lady Lightning of Knoxville, Tenn., 33-32 for the crown.

The PL used a heads-up play to capture the one-point win and the national bid.

With 30 seconds to play, the Palmetto Lightning, up 31-30, lost the lead as its Tenn. foe came up with a late steal and score to gain a 32-31 lead with six seconds left.

The PL, out of the timeout, executed a play on the inbounds and Elizabeth Scott hit a wide-open Alexis Williams under the basket for the winning points as time expired.

Malia Rivers led the PL with 12 points. Bianca Wallace scored seven and Scott tallied five points. Williams tallied four. Keyotta Garris hit three points and Hayden Thorne added two.

“Our girls showed great determination after letting the lead slip away in the final period of the championship game,” PL coach Derek Vick said. “They gathered themselves and made an outstanding play at the end to pull out the win.”

The Palmetto Lightning opened pool play with a 45-14 win over the Low Country Ballers.

Hayden Thorne paced the PL with nine points and Malia Rivers netted eight. Keyotta Garris scored seven. Summer Vick and Alexis Williams netted six each. Zaria Woods tallied four and Bianca Wallace added three. Deja Patterson and Amirah Steward each had one.

The Lightning topped the Carolina Cougars 56-27 as Malia Rivers led the way with 19. Summer Vick hit nine and Alexis Williams scored seven.

Amirah Steward and Elizabeth Scott had five points each. Bianca Wallace and Deja Patterson had four points each. Hayden Thorne scored two and Keyotta Garris added one.

The Lightning downed the S.C. Stars 54-36 as Bianca Wallace netted 12 and Keyotta Garris scored 10. Malia Rivers scored eight and Elizabeth Scott hit six. Hayden Thorne had five. Alexis Williams and Summer Vick finished with four each. Amirah Steward netted three and Deja Patterson added two.

The Lightning earned the championship game bid with a 40-34 win over the S.C. 76ers.

Malia Rivers led the winners with 10. Elizabeth Scott and Keyotta Garris hit nine each. Alexis Williams netted five and Summer Vick scored three. Bianca Wallace and Hayden Thorne tallied two each.