Gators, Wildcats Basketball Teams Move Forward

The Lake View Lady Wild Gators proved to be too much to handle for the visiting Military Magnet as Lake View was triumphant 64-42 in the third round of the state playoffs on Tuesday, February 18, in Lake View.
Lake View jumped out to an impressive 24-7 lead after the first period of play and added to the lead in the second period. By halftime, Lake View was up 37-15. Military Magnet outscored Lake View 17-16 in the third period of play.
The Wild Gators’ Ja’Niyah Waters had a game-high 24 points. She connected on seven 2-point baskets, one 3-point basket, and 7 free throws. Zan’Dasia McNeil added 13 points for Lake View. She hit for six 2-point baskets and a free throw. Janai Ford contributed 8 points. Zaiona Henburgh and Tatianna Bellman each placed 6 points on the scoreboard while Mi’lashia Wheeler added 5 points. Jaleya Ford garnered 2 points.
K. Davis led Military Magnet with 10 points while J. Brown and B. Forrest each added 8 points. C. Bradley contributed 5 points while H. Hollins and T. Ferrell each added 4 points. Z. Smith garnered 2 points, and E. Stokes sank a free throw for a point.
Lake View committed 5 fouls in the first half, and Military Magnet committed 10 fouls. Each team committed 10 fouls in the second half of this physical game.
The Lake View Lady Wild Gators will play Saturday, February 23, at the Florence Civic Center for the Lower State title. The game is against Scott’s Branch and will begin at 11:00 a.m.
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The Dillon Lady Wildcats moved one step closer to the state finals by handing May River a 36-21 loss in the third round of the state playoffs held in Dillon on Monday, February 18.
Dillon not only controlled the tip-off but also controlled the tempo of the game. Dillon’s Chyna Pouncey placed the first 2 points on the scoreboard in the game, and Dillon never trailed. Dillon was up 7-4 after the first period of play. By halftime Dillon’s lead was 5 points, 14-9. Dillon increased the lead to 11 points, 28-17, after 3 periods of play.
Dillon’s Jykya Bell had a game-high 16 points. Shantazia Gordon connected for 6 points while Alyse Hines and Ja’Rhonda McCrimmon each added 5 points. Chyna Pouncey placed 4 points on the scoreboard.
May Rivers’ Chynna Sheed led her team in scoring with 8 points while Emma Peluso and Jordan Bigham each connected for 4 points. Gracyn Drury added 3 points to the scoreboard, and Jordan Ross garnered 2 points.
Dillon and May River each committed 4 fouls in the first half. In the second half of play, Dillon committed 10 fouls, and May River committed 7 fouls.
Those in attendance enjoyed the pace of the game.
Dillon will play against Bishop England at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, at the Florence Civic Center for the Lower State title.Tickets are on sale at the high school office for $12.00 each.