PREP BASKETBALL

Crestwood girls hammer Dreher in playoff opener

By EDDIE LITAKER Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 2/14/18

Crestwood High School's varsity girls basketball team opened its 4A state playoffs run on Tuesday with a resounding 79-44 victory over Dreher at The Castle.

The Lady Knights rolled to a 23-3 lead …

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PREP BASKETBALL

Crestwood girls hammer Dreher in playoff opener

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Crestwood High School's varsity girls basketball team opened its 4A state playoffs run on Tuesday with a resounding 79-44 victory over Dreher at The Castle.

The Lady Knights rolled to a 23-3 lead after one quarter and continued to build on their lead throughout the contest. Leading 40-11 at the half, Crestwood stretched the margin to 41, 64-23, heading into the fourth quarter and led by as many as 45 points before the Lady Blue Devils closed the game on a 14-4 run.

"We pretty much came out and jumped on the team from the giddy-up," said Crestwood head coach Larry Crosby, whose team improved to 19-3 on the season. "We said we were not going to give them any life or make them think they had a chance to win this game. That's why we jumped on them in the first part, put up a big lead and it was pretty much downhill from there."

Crestwood will play host to North Myrtle Beach in the second round on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. North Myrtle Beach, the third-place team from Region VII improved 18-5 with a 43-38 road victory over Berkeley on Tuesday in its first-round game.

The Lady Knights had a balanced offensive attack, lead by Jah'Che Whitfield's 18 points. Also in double figures for Crestwood were Destinee Jamison and Ashanti Washington with 12 apiece and Brittany Epps with 11 as 10 Lady Knights broke into the scoring column.

"That makes it easy for me to coach," Crosby said of the balanced offensive output, "because then I can just substitute anybody because I know they are going to go in there and contribute. Everybody wants to score in a game like this. But we know there's going to be a better test, a truer test, come Friday, so tomorrow we'll come back to practice and go back to the drawing board."

Crestwood shot the ball well from long range, with Washington hitting two 3-point baskets and Whitfield and Epps adding a trey apiece. All of the starters contrinuted to the scoring in the opening quarter run, with Whitfield and Washington both hitting for seven.

The Blue Devils, who closed their season with an 8-14 record, scored 21 in the final quarter as Haliyah Sumter caught fire late, hitting three consecutive treys and adding a block in the game's final two minutes. Sumter and TT Jones provided most of Dreher's offense as Jones closed with 20 while Sumter finished with 16.