SCISA basketball playoffs begin Friday

Porter-Gaud’s Michael Barry tries to get a shot off between Northwood’s Jamaul Edmonson (32) and Cameron Roberts during the championship game of the Porter-Gaud Holiday Classic held in December. Both teams are in the SCISA playoffs. Porter-Gaud plays a first-round game Saturday at home against Orangeburg Prep. Northwood received a first-round bye and will play next week. Wade Spees/Staff/File

The SCISA state basketball playoffs begin on Friday with 18 area schools involved in postseason play.

Pinewood Prep and Porter-Gaud will serve as first-round sites on Friday and Saturday. Second-round games, semifinals and finals will take place next week at the Sumter Civic Center.

All championship games will be played on Feb. 28.

The Northwood Academy boys and girls teams earned No. 1 seeds in their respective AAA brackets and received first-round byes. First Baptist’s girls and Pinewood Prep’s boys also received first-round byes.

The First Baptist girls are the top seed in their bracket, opposite Northwood, setting up a possible state championship showdown between the two area rivals, which split games during the regular season.

In AA, the Palmetto Christian Academy girls drew a No. 1 seed and will play The King’s Academy on Friday at Pinewood Prep.

Charleston Collegiate earned a top seed in the Class A boys bracket. The Sun Devils are the defending state champions.

Friday’s schedule

Girls

1A - Cathedral vs. Richard Winn, 6:30 p.m. (at Wilson Hall)

1A - St. John’s Christian vs Mead Hall, 4 p.m. (at Pinewood Prep)

1A - James Island Christian vs. Laurens Academy, 5 p.m. (at Heathwood Hall)

2A - Palmetto Christian vs. The King’s Academy, 5:15 p.m. (at Pinewood Prep)

3A – Ashley Hall vs. Thomas Sumter, 8 p.m. (at Sumter Civic Center)

3A – Porter-Gaud vs. Ben Lippen, 6:30 p.m. (at Pinewood Prep)

3A – Pinewood Prep vs. Orangeburg Prep, 8 p.m. (at Pinewood Prep)

Saturday’s schedule

Boys

1A – Cathedral vs. Northside Christian, noon (at Porter-Gaud)

1A – Charleston Collegiate vs. Andrew Jackson, 1:30 p.m. (at Porter-Gaud)

1A – Faith Christian vs. Holly Hill Academy, 3:30 p.m. (at Wilson Hall)

1A – Coastal Christian vs. Laurens Academy, 4:30 p.m. (at Heathwood Hall)

2A – Palmetto Christian vs. Florence Christian, 12:30 p.m. (at Wilson Hall)

3A – First Baptist vs. Ben Lippen, 3 p.m. (at Porter-Gaud)

3A – Porter-Gaud vs. Orangeburg Prep, 4:30 p.m. (at Porter-Gaud)