It was a battle of heavyweights in Class 5A.
In one corner, a Ridge View team which had won the last three state championships in Class 4A but was in its first year in Class 5A. In the other corner, Dorman which has won the last four state titles in that classification.
In the end, it was Dorman outlasting Ridge View 60-51. The Cavaliers advance to the 5A Upper State Championship.
The 5A Lower State quarterfinals saw Dutch Fork and River Bluff win their respective games, setting up an All-Midlands showdown for the Lower State championship. The game will be held at a neutral site - Lexington High School. That site is appropriate since Dutch Fork head coach Bret Jones and River Bluff head coach Ben Lee both played and coached under Bailey Harris at Lexington. In fact, with Dorman's Thomas Ryan leading his team to the win over Ridge View, all three of Harris' former players were victorious in their quarterfinal games on Friday.
In the SCISA ranks, Newberry Academy went 1-1 in state championship games. The boys lost to Anderson Christian Academy but the Newberry Academy girls defeated Patrick Henry 59-53 to win their first state championship.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL
Class 5A Upper State
Dorman 60, Ridge View 51
Riverside 69, Mauldin 64
Class 5A Lower State
Dutch Fork 57, Goose Creek 51
River Bluff 71, Carolina Forest 53
SCISA Class 1A
Anderson Christian 79, Newberry Academy 61
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL
Class 1A Lower State
Estill 64, Lamar 39
Military Magnet Academy 63, Lake View 55
Class 1A Upper State
High Point Academy 69, Denmark-Olar 68
Southside Christian 60, McBee 40
SCISA Class 1A
Newberry Academy 59, Patrick Henry Academy 53
SCISA Class 3A
Cardinal Newman 53, Florence Christian 33
Northwood Academy 58, Trinity Byrnes School 31