Friday night's game saw the Diamonds from Lower Richland jump out to a 15-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Diamonds were fueled by last year's MVP Morgan Stroman who asserted herself early on. Stroman, who's just a sophomore, has already staked claim to being a big recruit in the class of 2009.
Dorman shook off the cobwebs in the second quarter as they were lead by the reigning AAAA player of the year Bailey Dewart. The Lady Cavaliers fought back and brought the deficit at halftime to 28-23. Fans in attendance knew they were in for a treat as both teams would come out and lay it all on the line for the final 16 minutes of action after the half.
The formula for success has been simple for the Diamonds during their playoff stretch. Strong defensive pressure resulting in turnovers leads to easy buckets in transition. The guards of Dorman did their best but the Diamonds' defense shined brightly in the contest Friday night. Dorman and Bailey Dewart however wouldn't give up as the third quarter finished with the score 41-35 in favor of Lower Richland.
The Cavaliers made another run at LR but in the end the deficit proved to be too much for Joy Couch's club. Lower Richland emerged victorious for their 2nd straight AAAA state championship 54-46.
Morgan Stroman had another great overall game for Lower Richland. We had her down for 14 points, at least 10 rebounds, 3 assists, a couple of steals and blocked shots. With Stroman and a strong nucleus to return next year look for Lower Richland to make another run at a third consecutive AAAA state championship.