Goose Creek head coach Tim Baldwin knew his All-State, 5A Player of the Year Mariah Linney could score against anyone. But he was worried about Lexington’s All-Stater, Olivia Thompson and her ability to quickly light up the scoreboard. Baldwin successfully game-planned to prevent Olivia and her teammates from pulling off an upset. The #1 ranked Gators prevailed in the 2nd round playoff game, 68-29 and will host Irmo on Monday.
With the score at 9-8 in favor of the home team, Goose Creek went on a 9-0 run to close out the 1st quarter. The Wildcats could not keep pace and then got into foul trouble. They trailed 32-15 at halftime. A 20-5 run by the Gators midway through the 3rd quarter put the game out of reach. Mariah Linney led all scorers with 23 points. Alanna Langford’s 13 points was the high total for Lexington.
After entering the game at Goose Creek on a 5-game winning streak, the Lady Wildcats wrapped up a 14-12 season. The team advanced to at least the 2nd round of the state playoffs in each of the past 2 seasons. In her 2nd year as the Wildcat head coach, Molly Goodrich has posted a record of 34 wins against 19 losses, a .642 winning mark.
Friday evening’s game marked the last Lexington Wildcat appearance for 3 seniors, Kayla McClary, Sam St. Andrews, and Kate Hart.
Kayla will be remembered for her speed, good ball handling skills, and superb defensive play where she regularly forced key turnovers. She scored 139 points this season, an average of 5 points per game.
Sam’s 151 points were an important part of the Wildcat offense. She was always a threat to score on a long jumper, many times from outside the arc. Like Kayla, she provided excitement to Cat fans as an aggressive and scrappy defender as well.
Kate Hart was strong off the bench and added valuable minutes for her team. She defended and rebounded well and added an average of 2 points per game.
Lexington 8 7 7 7 29
Goose Creek 18 14 22 14 68
Alanna Langford: 1 three-pointer, 4 two-pointers, 2 of 2 free throws for 13 points
Sam St. Andrews: 2 three-pointers, 2 of 3 free throws for 8 points
Brooke Foulks: 3 two-pointers, 0 of 3 free throws for 6 points
Kayla McClary: 1 two-pointer for 2 points