ORANGEBURG, S.C. — The Scotland girls basketball team ended 2015 on a high note this week at the Orangeburg County Sweet 16 tournament in South Carolina, notching a third-place finish in the 16-team field.
The Scots compiled a 3-1 record at the four-day tourney that began Saturday and concluded Wednesday. Scotland concluded its impressive run by downing Ridgeland-Hardeville (S.C.) 39-34 in the third-place game.
Junior point guard ShanQaylia Stanton, who was named to the all-tournament team, paced the Scots with 15 points in the win. Junior center Khasiya Sellers added eight points and seven rebounds, sophomore forward Amaya Pegues chipped in seven points and senior guard Ashlyn Dial tacked on six.
Scotland advanced to the championship bracket at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School after scoring a pair of victories in the opening-round contests at Calhoun County High School. The Scots trounced River Bluff (S.C.) 49-30 Saturday in the first round as three different players cracked double-digit scoring. Dial led Scotland with 13 points, Stanton tallied 12 points, four assists and five steals and Sellers had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
In the second-round tilt Monday against Fairfield Central, Scotland outscored the Griffins 8-0 in overtime to come away with a 59-51 victory. Sellers put together a standout performance for the Scots, scoring 25 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in the win. Stanton had 17 points and six assists, and Dial netted 12 points.
Scotland suffered its only defeat of the week in the tournament semifinals, falling to Orange-Wilkinson 56-42 inside the Bruins’ home gym on Tuesday. Stanton scored 20 points while Sellers and Dial added eight apiece in the loss.
Scotland improved to 6-6 overall after entering the tourney with a 3-5 mark. The Scots will look to carry that momentum into 2016 when they welcome Jack Britt to Laurinburg on Jan. 5. The Buccaneers won the first matchup, 49-36, in Hope Mills Dec. 16.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.