CLASS 1-A BOYS
Former Denmark-Olar, USC star
coaches Lewisville to championship
COLUMBIA — Shakale Worthy scored 17 points to lead four Lewisville players in double figures in the 64-54 victory over Whale Branch in the Class A boys state championship Saturday.
Mardarius Bailey added 14 points and Cody Montgomery and Qua Wells chipped in with 12 each as the Lions claimed their first boys basketball state title since 1976.
Whale Branch (24-4) led by five at the half, 28-23, but Lewisville’s huge third quarter turned the tide. The Lions opened the second half on a 15-3 run and stretched that to 26-9 before the start of the fourth quarter.
Lewisville (16-11) forced 24 turnovers total and held a 26-9 advantage on points off turnovers.
Whale Branch was making its first title game appearance in its brief three-year history. DeVonta Delaney and Justin Rhode led the Warriors with 12 points apiece. Leon Hazel added 11 points in the losing cause.
Soon as Lewisville coach Larry Davis, a former star at Denmark-Olar and USC, accepted the championship trophy with his player at midcourt, they rushed the section when the Lions’ fans sat and he held it in the air for them to see. He held it out so several fans could touch it, while several players jumped into the stands to share hugs.
For Davis, it was a homecoming he never expected. After playing at South Carolina as part of a three-guard system that included South Pointe basketball coach Melvin Watkins and BJ McKie, an assistant at Charleston Southern University, Davis didn’t consider coaching until getting a call from Lewisville last year.
“It’s been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,’’ Davis said. “The Lewisville community has became a big part of my life and today was one of the biggest days of my basketball career.
CLASS 1-A GIRLS
COLUMBIA — Iresha Cooper and De’Ja Woodberry each scored 15 points to lead Hemingway to a 61-38 victory over McCormick in the Class A girls basketball championship Saturday.
It was the Tigers’ (20-2) first girls basketball state championship in 20 years.
Hemingway took control in the first half, holding a 27-15 lead at the break behind seven points from Diamond McFadden, who finished with 11 points. By the end of the third quarter, the lead had reached 21 points.
Kelsey Washington added 10 points for Hemingway as they finished the season by not allowing more than 59 points in a game.
Terita Brown, McCormick’s only senior, finished with 23 points. Narquevia Jennings added 10 points and 15 rebounds. It was the Chiefs’ (17-5) first title game appearance since 1959.
CLASS 2-A GIRLS
Keenan tops Bishop England
COLUMBIA — Keenan overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to win its first girls basketball state championship since 2008 with a 46-41 victory over defending champion Bishop England on Saturday.
Kiera Robinson scored 14 of her 17 points during the second half comeback. The senior was 12-of-14 on free throws as the Raiders outscored the Bishops by a 22-12 margin on foul shots.
Daisha Eddy added 14 points for Keenan (20-6).
After trailing 22-15 at the half and shooting 4-of-24 from the field in the first half, the Raiders only trailed by one to begin the third quarter. They were behind by three after two Mary Harriet Moore free throws but took the lead for good on two Robinson free throws with 5:35 remaining.
Michele Boykin scored 15 points for Bishop England (23-4) before leaving the game in the final minutes with a neck injury. Moore added 10 points for the Bishops.
CLASS 4-A BOYS
McKie leads Irmo past
Goose Creek 65-46
COLUMBIA — Justin McKie scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and Detrek Browning added 16 points to lead Irmo to a 65-46 victory over Goose Creek in the boys Class 4A state championship Friday night.
It was the second state title for the Yellow Jackets (29-0) in three years and the fifth in coach Tim Whipple’s 32 years at the school. The victory capped Irmo’s first boys basketball undefeated season.
McKie scored 14 first-half points as the Yellow Jackets used an active 2-3 zone to limit Goose Creek (21-5) to 5-of-25 shooting, including 4 of 16 from 3-point range. Shaquille Patrick, who finished with 18 points, kept the Gators in it by scoring 12 points in the first half on four 3-pointers.
Irmo’s lead was never fewer than 12 points in the second half.
Dantez Bennamon added 11 points for Goose Creek, which shot 28 percent from the field (14 of 50).
CLASS 4-A GIRLS
Dutch Fork defeats
COLUMBIA — Rose Robinson made three free throws in the final 9 seconds to propel Dutch Fork to a 46-43 victory over Dorman in the Class 4A girls basketball championship Friday night.
It capped the first undefeated season for the Silver Foxes (29-0) and extended their winning streak to 40 games. Dutch Fork won its second consecutive state title, the only two state titles in school history.
Dutch Fork trailed 38-36 before Dorman scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to go ahead by four. But the Cavaliers scored only one field goal over the final 7:14 as the Silver Foxes went on a 10-3 run to close the game.
All-American Alaina Coates finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds in her final game for Dutch Fork, while sophomore Morgan Williams scored 18 points for the Silver Foxes.
Kenya Olley led Dorman (24-5) with 16 points and 14 rebounds.