2018-02-12 / Sports

Split end in region title battles

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By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Sports Writer

Gaffney High girls basketball players celebrated their Senior Night in style Friday by winning the program’s first region title since 2011.

Keyla Ford and A’Maurya Tate-Smith hit three of four free throws in the closing minute to seal a 57-53 win over Dorman. Ford led Gaffney with 21 points.

Dorman’s Grayce Black hit two of her five 3-pointers for a 43-40 lead late in the third quarter. But Gaffney scored six straight points to open the fourth quarter to take a 48-43 lead.

The Lady Indians never trailed again.

Dorman pulled within a single point on three occasions in the game’s final moments.

Alexis Rice hit a 3-pointer to pull Dorman within 54-53 with 48 seconds left.But Gaffney hit its free throws down the stretch to win the region title.

“We talked all week about putting a ‘2018’ up on the banner,” Gaffney coach Susan Wade said. “They just made up their minds they were going to do it. We had a very shaky start to the season, but we continued to get better. This feels great to win the region.”

Gaffney starters scored all but one point against Dorman. Jasmine Oglesby finished with 17 points while Tate-Smith had 14 points.

Gaffney will host J.L. Mann Tuesday in the first round of Class 5A playoffs.

It was a bitter sweet ending for other Gaffney and Blacksburg teams.

Gaffney boys basketball saw a frantic fourth quarter comeback fall short in a 52-45 loss to Dorman in a game that decided the Region III-5A title.

Dorman held Gaffney to a total of 11 points in the second and third quarters. Gaffney scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, but was unable to pull closer than eight points.

“We really had trouble scoring the ball. It would be interesting to see how many block shots they had,” Gaffney boys coach Mark Huff said. “Our kids played hard and played to the very end. I’m happy with the effort, just wish it was a different outcome.”

A 3-point play by Myles Tate and a 3- pointer from P.J. Hall helped Dorman extend their lead to 43-27 with four minutes to play.

Bradley Childers scored 21 points and was one of only four Indians to score against Dorman. Nick Agapion and Ladarius Foster had 11 points.

Now Gaffney can write a different season ending when the playoffs start.

Gaffney boys basketball team will host Easley at 7 p.m. at The Burial Ground in their first round playoff game.

Blacksburg basketball teams missed opportunities Thursday to improve their playoff seeding.

Blacksburg boys basketball team lost to visiting Landrum 56-52 Thursday to finish fourth in the region. Blacksburg opens the Class 2A playoffs Wednesday at Greenville Tech at 7 p.m.

Jada Ferguson had 26 points and Sam Toney had 21 points. It wasn't enough as the Lady Wildcats lost 75-72 to Landrum to finish third in the region.

Blacksburg girls basketball team opens playoffs Tuesday on the road at 7 p.m. against Brashier Middle School.

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