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Carvers Bay girls fall in Lower State final

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015

Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News Carvers Bay's Desaree Green puts up a shot in the Lower State championship on Feb. 28. The Lady Bears lost 63-54.

Carvers Bay’s girls basketball team lost 63-54 to Latta in the Class A Lower State final on Saturday morning in the Florence Civic Center.

It was the Lady Bears’ first appearance Lower State title game in the school’s history.

Latta got on the board first before Anatashia Bromell tied the game at 2-2 for Carvers Bay.

LaQuasha Coles had a three-pointer and Quantaisha Robinson had a basket, but the Lady Bears trailed 10-6 going into the second quarter.

After Latta extended the lead to 13-6, baskets by Robinson and Desaree Green cut it to 13-10.

After a Lady Vikings basket, Robinson and Green scored, and then Robinson scored after a steal to give the Lady Bears their first lead of the game at 16-15.

The teams traded points to 19-19, and then Latta closed out the half on a 5-3 run to lead 24-22.

The pace of play picked up in the second half with Zaria Blain scoring five points in the first two minutes to give the Lady Bears a 28-27 lead.

The teams then traded baskets and the game was tied at 33-33 about halfway through the third quarter.

After a Latta basket, Coles hit a three-pointer to put Carvers Bay ahead 36-33.

The Lady Vikings then scored three straight points before Green got a basket and a foul shot to tie the game again with two minutes left.

Latta then went on a 6-0 run at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth to take the lead for good.

A free throw by Green and a basket Bromell cut the lead to 43-42, by that was as close as Carvers Bay would get, as Latta scored the next eight points and never trailed the rest of the game by less then seven.

It was the third time this season the two Region VIII-A rivals played. Latta won 61-50 at home on Jan. 27, and Carvers Bay won 63-42 at home on Feb. 10.

Latta will now play Christ Church for the Class A state championship on March 7 in Columbia.

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