Lady Panthers’ playoff run cut short by Goose Creek

Despite a hard-fought match, the historic run of the Carolina Forest High School’s varsity girls basketball team ended Monday night as the Panthers were bested by Goose Creek 35-31 in the third round of the Class 5A playoffs.

“It was a defensive battle,” Carolina Forest head coach Stacy Hughes said. “They’re averaging 64 points a game and for us to hold it to 15 at half and finish with 35, it was defensive both ways.”

Senior forward and 5A Player of the Year Alexis Tomlin scored a game-high 17 points and senior guard Ellen Nardella chipped in 12, with all of her points coming from beyond the arc.

“I’ve been with this group of young ladies for a long time and we played hard,” Tomlin said. “We were in that game until (around) three minutes left. That team’s a great team and we definitely pushed them I think farther than they’ve been pushed so far this season.”

Despite the loss, Hughes and Tomlin — both teary-eyed following the sound of the final buzzer —credited efforts of the team, which came into the game fresh off a region championship and the deepest playoff run in the program’s history.

“I’m just proud of the kids,” Hughes said. “I knew it was going knew it was going to be a dog fight and it was.”

“We made a couple hiccups here and there but we played well and I’m proud of my girls,” Tomlin added.

Photo by Viraj Naik/myhorrynews

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