When the Lady Wildcats took the court at the Florence Civic Center on Saturday, it was the first time in 40 years the team had advanced to the Lower State finals. In the end, Head Coach Molly Goodrich was proud of her team’s defensive effort but commented that the inability to score on the Gators’ suffocating defense spelled the difference. Lexington managed to net just 28 points, well off their season average of 57.
The final score was 43-28 as Goose Creek advanced to face Spring Valley in the 5A State Final. Lexington wrapped up the season with a 24-5 record.
Olivia Thompson scored 18 with 4 points each coming from Hannah Kumiyama and Mallory Nichols while Claire Tarlton added 2. The loss snapped an 11-game Wildcat winning streak that included a Region Championship and playoff wins over West Florence (86-53), Wando (35-29), and James Island (67-50).
Thompson completed her Lexington career with 579 points during the 2018-19 season. Her 4-year total of 1,937 is a new school record. She will move on to play as a Gamecock at the University of South Carolina.
The season saw the 2 players return to the court for the Wildcats and contribute to the team’s success. Hannah Kumiyama, out last season after knee surgery, scored 173 points while averaging 7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Claire Tarlton scored 191 points. She pulled down 4.6 rebounds per game.
Brooke Foulks nearly averaged a double-double with 10.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Her point total of 296 was 119 more than the previous season.
Twin sisters DeVonia and DeCaria Monroe each scored 8 points during their junior season and 68 as seniors. Both saw significant time on the hardwood.
Junior Mallory Nichols was a valuable ball handler, contributing 92 points. Freshman newcomer Alexis Sexton played in 1 game during the previous season. This year, she saw action in all 29 games and netted 157 points. Both will return next season.