AUGUSTA — The Valley girls’ basketball team needed to limit turnovers, control the boards and prevent any big runs to surprise once-beaten Hyde in a Western Class D quarterfinal Monday morning at the Augusta Civic Center.
The sixth-seeded Cavaliers struggled in all three areas and bowed out with a 48-28 loss to the No. 3 Phoenix.
“They took it to us,” Valley Coach Mike Rowe said. “We didn’t play our game. We didn’t play how we are capable of playing. We thought we had a chance. It’s disappointing to end the season on a note like that.”
Hyde’s Kara Fischer, a senior guard, scored 19 points to go along with six rebounds. Kathryn Comeaux finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Phoenix (17-1), who used a 16-1 run starting at the end of the first half to put the game out of reach.
“Our job was to take out Valley and we did that,” Hyde Coach Richard Polgar said. “Valley is a scrappy team and we didn’t want to look by them.”
Junior guard Teagan Laweryson finished with 15 points and Sydney Vincent added eight for Valley (5-14), which couldn’t overcome 32 turnovers.
“We did some uncharacteristic things,” Rowe said. “We had way too many turnovers, and we hadn’t done that in awhile. Maybe it was the nerves. We had no intensity on defense and we let Fischer do anything she wanted. She just dominated.”
RICHMOND 70, GREENVILLE 38: Jamie Plummer scored 35 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the second-seeded Bobcats (15-3) overpowered the seventh-seeded Lakers (6-13) in a foul-plagued quarterfinal.
Plummer came within four points of the Western Class D tournament record of 39, set by Valley’s Kristin Baker in 2006. She was 14 of 22 from the floor and 4 of 6 from behind the arc.
Ciarra Lancaster added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Richmond, which shot out to an 11-0 lead. It was a 22-2 after one quarter and 37-12 at the half.