Eight teams from four schools have their hopes still alive for taking home the Robeson County Shootout titles after advancing to tonight’s semifinals.
The boys and girls teams from Dillon, Lumberton, Red Springs and Fairmont all survived their opening-round matchups and will play a pair of doubleheaders, with Dillon at Lumberton and Red Springs at Fairmont. The contests start at 6 p.m. with the girls games and the boys to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.
For the fifth year in a row, the girls teams from Dillon and Lumberton meet in the Shootout. Dillon won the first three meetings, including back-to-back victories in the championship games in 2014 and 2015.
But the Lady Pirates got their revenge last year in the first round. Lumberton set up the matchup by downing South Robeson 72-9, and the Lady Wildcats sneaked past St. Pauls, 33-27.
In the other half of the doubleheader at Lumberton, the Pirates take on Dillon, the defending South Carolina 3A state runner-ups, and are looking to make their fifth Shootout title appearance in the last six years. Dillon slipped past St. Pauls, 59-47, and Lumberton fought off South Robeson in the second half of its 72-57 win.
Two Three Rivers Conference rivals collide at Fairmont tonight, and the two games have the capability of being a conference championship game later in the year.
Red Springs looks for its 11th Shootout title game appearance after squeaking out a 33-28 win over Purnell Swett to start the tournament, but has to get past Fairmont.
Behind a dominant 47-point, 24-rebound performance from Kiara Page, the Lady Tornadoes topped Lake View by a 72-63 score in the first round.
The Red Springs boys basketball team has a chance to snap its 22-game losing streak against Fairmont , with a Shootout title spot on the line for the teams. Fairmont cruised to an 80-43 win over Lake View, and Red Springs used a fourth-quarter comeback to top Purnell Swett in a nail-biter, 61-60.