Today the Lexington girls and boys will continue their journeys through dream seasons as they hope to add a Lower State championship to their long list of accomplishments. The Lady Wildcats face the Lady Gators of Goose Creek at 5:00 while the boys tip off at 6:30 against Berkeley. The games are being contested at the Florence Civic Center.
Lexington (24-4) vs. Goose Creek (21-1)
After playoff wins over West Florence (86-53), Wando (35-29), and James Island (67-50), Lexington meets Goose Creek in the 5A Lower State Final. Wildcat girls last played in this game 40 years ago, in the state championship season of 1979.
The Region 5 champions have won 11 straight games and 14 of the last 15. The Cats are led by senior guard Olivia Thompson, averaging 20.0 points per game. The South Carolina commit has scored 561 points so far this season and has totaled 1,919 in her Wildcat career, a school record. Last week, Thompson was named the South Carolina 5A Player of the Year. Fellow senior Brooke Foulks nearly averages a double-double with 10.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Olivia and Brooke are teamed up with a talented senior class that includes Hannah Kumiyama, Claire Tarlton, Decaria Monroe, Devonia Monroe, and Cassidy Bouknight.
Goose Creek’s lone loss of the season came on December 28 against Dacula (GA) in the Carolina Invitational. Senior strong forward Saderya Nelson averages 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Lexington (29-0) vs. Berkeley (25-1)
Lexington boys last lost a basketball game more than a year ago. They have made a perfect run through the 2018-19 season with a 29 game winning streak. The Wildcats return to the state semifinals for the first time since 2012, when they advanced but lost to Gaffney in the State Finals in a 2OT game.
In playoff action, Lexington defeated South Florence (43-33), Goose Creek (64-40), and Conway (61-49).
Head Coach Bailey Harris, who announced his retirement earlier this week, enters his 10th Final 4 in 32 years at the helm of the Wildcats. His current win total now stands at 637 which includes 43 playoff wins, 2 state titles, and 13 region crowns.
During the season, All-State guard Mason Carver joined the Lexington 1000-point club. In 3 years as a varsity player, Carver has netted 1,172 points. He is averaging 19.9 per game this season. The entire senior class has been instrumental in the historic run. In addition to Carver, they include All-Region players Bradley Foulks, Jonathan Corley, and Ryan Green, along with Joe Long, Will Edwards, Gavin Singleton, Forrest Alvarez, and Jackson Hilton.
The Berkeley Stags will play in their first-ever state semifinal. Their lone loss this season came at the hands of Cardinal Newman on January 5, when the Cardinals prevailed 73-65.
Ishan White, a 6-7 senior forward averages 15.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Senior guard Trevuur Smalls also has scored 15.8 per game.