5A Girls: Tomlin leads CF; Conway, Socastee survive

cfghoops-tomlinconAlexis Tomlin 39, Ashley Ridge 38.

That was the unofficial score to the Lady Panthers’ 51-38 victory over visiting Ashley Ridge in Tuesday’s opening round of the Class 5A girls basketball playoffs. Although it took a team effort to advance to the second round, Tomlin single-handedly outscored the Lady Swamp Foxes and carried her team to the win.

Tomlin scored the first 14 for Carolina Forest and finished with a career-high 39 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. Teammate Ellen Nardella drained a pair of 3-pointers for six points and five assists, and Cheyenne Pyles led the team with eight assists as the Lady Panthers continued to feed Tomlin in the post.

Carolina Forest led by double figures at halftime but had to hold off a hard charge by Ashley Ridge in the second half. The Lady Panthers (16-7) will host the second round game Friday against Irmo.

* Conway 55, Blythewood 47: The top-seeded Lady Tigers took care of business in the opening round with a home victory over Blythewood.

Conway was led by Lenaejah Evans with 19 points, Zakera Chadmon with 13 points, and Neci Hemingway with 14 rebounds.

Conway advances to host the winner of the Dutch Fork-Wando matchup.

* Socastee 56, Fort Dorchester 43: The fourth-seeded Lady Braves stayed alive in the first round by defeating the second-seeded Lady Patriots on the road.

Socastee’s Shayla Baldwin scored a game-high 24 points. The Lady Braves travel to top-seeded Spring Valley on Friday.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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