The Greenville High girls had the advantage over Daniel High for a couple of minutes Thursday night on their home court. Then the visiting Lions pounced and ran away with the game, 82-56, to advance to the third round of the Class AAA Upper State playoffs.
“It feels great. The last two years we got stuck in the second round,” said Daniel coach Cosandar Griffin.
Myranda Parham scored a game-high 25 points for Daniel (23-3).
The Lions broke a 6-6 tie in the opening session, went on an 11-0 run and led 19-13 at the end of the first period.
Daniel relied on superior rebounding and crisp free-throw shooting in the second period and outscored the Raiders, 27-10. The Lions were up, 46-23, at halftime.
Greenville returned from the break to cut the lead to 21 points, but would get no closer. Daniel opened a 36-point gap just before the end of the third period and was up, 67-34, at the start of the final 8 minutes.
The Raiders were trailing by 30 points with 4:31 to play when Lindsay Lewis, their scoring leader (11 points), slammed to the floor and was carried to the locker room with what coach Anthony Gowens later described as a hip bone injury.
“She’s icing it and will probably stay off it a couple of days or so. She’ll be sore, but I think she’ll be fine,” said Gowens.
In addition to Parham’s stellar production, Taylour Hunter had 17 points for the Lions.
Jasmine Moore added 10 points as her Red Raiders finish the season with a 19-7 record.
Greenville moved a step further this season as the team didn’t advance past the first round of last year’s playoffs.
“We knew coming in it would be a tough game,” said Gowens.
“I told our seniors that we had a really good season, and as for the young ones, we have to continue to work.”
Daniel advances to play at Lower Richland in the third round Monday night.