Flame reach third round for first time since 1989

PICKENS — After cruising to victory in the first round over South Aiken, the sixth-ranked Pickens Blue Flame girls’ basketball team expected a greater challenge on Saturday night against the 10th-ranked Riverside Warriors.

Instead, the Blue Flame were able to control the game in its entirety, playing arguably their most complete game of the season in a resounding 72-42 win to advance to state quarterfinals for only the second time in program history.

“To be able to reach this point, I have no words,” Pickens junior Maggie Chambers said. “It’s almost too hard to explain, but I love it. To be able to spend every day

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