Four Beaufort County players were picked to participate in the Class 3-A/4-A girls individual state tennis tournament this weekend at the Lexington County Tennis Complex, but after Friday's opening rounds, just one of those girls remained.
Hilton Head High's Brooke Busby dropped her opening match of the tournament to No. 3 seed Katie Fosnacht of Blythewood, 6-0, 6-2, but rallied to stay alive in the consolation bracket. Busby defeated Macey Seawright of Clinton, 8-0, and then advanced past Wando's Alex Klein when Klein pulled a hamstring in warmups.
Busby will continue her tournament today against Erin Green of Lexington.
It was a disappointing finish to the year for Busby's Hilton Head High teammate, senior Lindsey Burke, who came into the tournament undefeated and seeded No. 2. Burke was leading Lexi Stewart of Mauldin, 5-3, in a first-round match when her ankle gave out and she was forced to withdraw. According to Hilton Head High coach Scott Nichols, Burke was unable to walk on the ankle and had to be helped from the court.
Bluffton's lone representative at the tournament, Charlotte Loper, was knocked out of the event when she dropped her first two matches. Wando's Klein bested her in three sets, and then Loper fell in a tiebreaker, 8-7, to Carrie McIntosh of Richland Northeast.
Beaufort High's Marian Hohenwarter also suffered a pair of losses on Friday to exit the tournament.