NINETY SIX — After the Saluda High School girls basketball team won earlier Saturday, Abbeville entered its matchup with Ninety Six knowing it needed a win to have a chance to make the postseason.
Instead, the Panthers ran into a buzzsaw in DaQuasha Williams and the Wildcats.
Williams was again dominant against Abbeville, piling up 28 points, along with 12 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Wildcats to a 46-31 victory that locked up a second-place finish in Region 2-AA and knocked Abbeville from playoff contention.
The Panthers entered the day tied with Saluda at 3-6 for the region's final playoff spot. Saluda's victory against Batesburg-Leesville meant Abbeville had to win to remain tied with the Tigers and force a tiebreaker game between the two on Monday.
Instead, the Panthers (8-9 overall, 3-7 Region 2-AA) fell flat and have to head home, missing the postseason a year after a runner-up finish at Upper State.
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