BLAIRSVILLE — The Union County girls advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time since 2001 with a dominating 61-37 win over Butler Wednesday in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs at the Union County gym.
The Lady Panthers’ trio of Ava Hunter, Andelin Hill, and Kait McCarter were too much for the Lady Bulldogs. Hunter poured in 20 points, Hill had 17, and McCarter added 11 for Union County.
The blow out win was slow to develop, though. Union County led just 15-10 after the first quarter. But the Lady Panthers turned to their full court press to get things rolling. They went on a 25-6 burst into the third quarter for a 40-16 lead.
Union County now will play host to the Early County-Chattooga winner next week.
GREENFOREST GIRLS 69,
LAKEVIEW ACADEMY 57
The Lady Lions could not hold an early lead Wednesday in their Class A Private second round playoff matchup with Greenforest.
Lakeview led 20-18 after the first quarter but Greenforest used its distinct height advantage to rally to knock out the Lady Lions.
Greenforest erased that early deficit with a 22-8 second quarter for a 40-28 halftime lead. Lakeview did not go away, however, closing to within 53-47 heading into the fourth quarter.
But the Lady Lions could not get closer.
In their final games for the Lady Lions, Eliza Snyder led Lakeview with 28 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds; Jackie Allen had 4 points and 6 assists; Maddy Towles had 4 points and 5 rebounds; and Elise Roark added 3 points. Sophomore Joelle Snyder poured in 16 points.
Lakeview finished the year 21-8 overall
CARVER-COLUMBUS GIRLS 66,
WHITE COUNTY 49
The defending Class 4A state champion Lady Tigers led virtually from start to finish and used a tough defensive first half to grab a lead they would not relinquish.
Carver held a good White County offense to just 14 first half points while building a 28-14 advantage. The Lady Warriors finally found an offensive spark in the third quarter but still trailed 49-31 heading into the final period.
Senior Bentley Cronic scored 11 points in her final game to lead White County. Senior Ellie Gearing had 9 points, senior Maomi Crumley had 6 points, and senior Rachel Lovell had 2 points in their final games as well.
Maddie Futch added 10 points and Dasha Cannon had 8 points for the Lady Warriors.