With another dominant regular season behind the Emerald Vikings girls basketball team, a challenge lies ahead in the playoffs.
Senior Quadijah Moore has led the Vikings to playoff runs the past two years, but the Vikings have fallen short of an Upper State appearance. With Moore, plus shooters across the floor, Emerald looks poised this season to make a stride further.
Emerald won Region 3-3A with only one loss and moves on to face Broome in the first round of the playoffs today. The Vikings tip off 7 p.m. at Emerald High.
Broome finished the regular season 6-17, and Emerald will look to start the playoffs with a good performance. Keep an eye on how the rest of the team supports Moore, who is among the best players in the state.
Ridge Spring-Monetta at McCormick — 7 p.m. today
McCormick got the best of High Point in a few memorable finishes last season, but High Point is on another level this season.
Luckily for the Chiefs, High Point is on the other side of the bracket this year as the No. 1 seed with a first-round bye. McCormick, which finished second only to undefeated High Point in Region 1-1A, has a manageable first-round tilt against Ridge Spring-Monetta.
Wagener-Salley at Ware Shoals — 7 p.m. today
A young Ware Shoals girls team emerged as one of the surprises out of Class 1A this season. Ware Shoals will host Wagener-Salley, which finished second in Region 3-1A.
Wagener-Salley finished the regular season with a 12-8 mark.
Greenwood at Nation Ford — 7 p.m. Tuesday
Greenwood’s bread and butter this season has been rock-solid defense. The Eagles will need to continue their excellence on defense and turn in an outstanding shooting performance to have a shot at an away upset of 21-5 Nation Ford.
St. Joseph’s at Saluda — 7 p.m. Tuesday
Saluda finished undefeated in Region 2-2A and reaps the benefits of it during the first couple of rounds of the playoffs. The Tigers will face 11-12 St. Joseph’s to start the playoffs.
Saluda’s team is put together well. Key player Kalisha Hill scores at a high rate, but can step aside for Mya Carroll or Tiara Daniels. The Tigers have depth and physicality, and make up in speed for what they lack in size.
Ninety Six at
Andrew Jackson — 7 p.m. Tuesday
Both Ninety Six’s boys and girls teams took fourth in Region 2-2A, and both will face Andrew Jackson in the first round. For the girls, a difficult task lies ahead.
Andrew Jackson is No. 8 in the latest coaches poll, and finished the regular season with a 15-3 record. Andrew Jackson finished second in Region 4-2A after losing a region tiebreaker game to Lee Central.
Playoff basketball starts for boys teams in the Lakelands on Tuesday. Be sure to check Tuesday’s paper for previews of boys games.