Fox Creek High School girls knocked out of playoffs

Playing in the school's fist girls basketball playoff game, the Fox Creek High School varsity team was upended Monday night by C.A. Johnson.

The Predators (11-11, 9-3 Region 4-A) won twice in their final week of the regular season. A win over region foe Blackville-Hilda 40-35 clinched the No. 2 spot in the region. Keiana Green had 15 points in the win, and Dominique Moore added in 13.

"Against Blackville I thought we played well and stayed after it," Fox Creek head coach Richard Brady said. "I thought we played excellent defense in both games and the offense started coming around."

The other win came against Williston-Elko, 44-35. Moore had 18 points in that win, followed by Stefanie Bloedel with 15. The win gave the Predators a winning record for the regular season, which was one of the goals that Brady and his team set for themselves.

"We played mostly man in both games and played hard," Brady said. "They were both physical games, pretty rough, and I was proud to come out with some wins."

The season came to an abrupt end against the Hornets. Fox Creek led after the first quarter, but dug itself into a 24-13 hole at the half. No Predator got into double digits, either, with Bloedel and Moore both having nine.

"I don't know if they turned up the intensity, or we just had a couple of breakdowns that didn't go our way, and then, you know, first time in the playoffs, get a few jitters and just didn't recover," said Brady.

The Predator boys hope not to suffer the same fate.

Fox Creek (18-6, 12-0) rolled through their region slate to the tune of a perfect record. That will give them the No. 1 seed and a matchup that was scheduled against McBee on Tuesday.

Closing out the year, the Predators beat Blackville-Hilda 65-48 and Williston-Elko 61-38. Against the Hawks Brandyn Quiller and D.J. Curry both had 14 points, with Marques Sumner also adding in 13. Sumner and Chris Harmon led the scoring against the Blue Devils, both having 15. Quiller also had 11 points in the regular season finale.

"It was a big accomplishment to go undefeated, but like I told my guys that's all over now," Fox Creek head coach Andre Baskett said. "It's a new season now, one game and you're out of the playoffs. We celebrated a little bit Thursday and we wanted them understand that's over with and now there's a second thing to deal with."

In preparation for what looks to be a deep playoff run, Baskett hasn't changed a thing and is keeping his team focused.

"We're just focused on playing our game," he said. "We want to play competitively and we want to play a speedy, up-tempo game. We want to play that way so we want to stay in shape and get these five games ahead of us."

Should Fox Creek win, it would set up a matchup either McCormick or Southside Christian. For the playoffs the Predators will play their games at Riverview Park Activities Center.

Staff writer Bill Bengtson contributed to this article.