5A Girls Playoffs: Panthers roll into Lower State semis

The Carolina Forest girls basketball team are headed to the Class 5A Lower State semifinals, and the Lady Panthers aren’t showing any signs of stopping anytime soon.

Carolina Forest won its second consecutive playoff game in impressive fashion, routing visiting Irmo 59-30 in Friday’s second round of the Class 5A state tournament.

Led by Gabby Giracello’s 12 deflections, the Panthers once again delivered a suffocating defensive performance. They built a 31-12 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way into the third round of the playoffs.

Class 5A Player of the Year Alexis Tomlin turned in another double-double, scoring 30 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. Ellen Nardella hit three 3-pointers to finish with 11 points., Cheyenne Pyles-Moultrie added 10 points and 6 steals, and Alaje Stanley had 8 points and 10 rebounds.

The Panthers advance to the third round to face fellow No. 1 seed Goose Creek. Carolina Forest will host the Lady Gators at 6:30 p.m. Monday with a trip to the Lower State Finals on the line.

* Spring Valley 84, Conway 51: The Lady Tigers’ season came to a close in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs with a tough loss to the Lady Vikings.

Photo by Charles Perry/myhorrynews

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