SUMTER--The Pinewood Prep girls' basketball team repeated as SCISA Class AAA champs with a 52-51 victory over Northwood Academy tonight in front of about 2,500 fans at the Sumter Civic Center.
The Panthers have won three titles in the last four years. Northwood lost its third straight heart-breaker in the title game.
Pinewood blew a 14-point half second-half lead but held on to win for the 21st time against six losses.
Maria Corella led the Panthers with 16 points, including some clutch free throws down the stretch including two with nine seconds left to make it a two-possession game.
Northwood Academy's Amber Campbell led all scorers with 32 points – 13 in the final eight minutes.