City of Landrum sends Lady Cardinals off in style as they head to state championship

Published 11:03 am Friday, March 1, 2024

LANDRUM—Landrum High School and the City of Landrum showed up in force to support the Landrum High School Girls Varsity Basketball team as they headed to Florence, S.C. on Friday morning to play in the 2A SCHSL state championship game at the Florence Center. The team last played for a state championship in 1975, though they did make the semifinals two years ago. 

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The team received a school-wide send-off as students, parents, teachers and administration all lined up in the Landrum High School halls to wish them luck. The team bus then traveled through downtown Landrum with a police and fire truck escort with sirens flashing as fans and well-wishers lined up on E. Rutherford St. to cheer them on. 

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The Lady Cardinals (27-3) will be looking to add to their impressive season that has them on a 12-game winning streak and co-region champions. Their opponent, Andrew Jackson (26-4), is coming into the game on a 20-game winning streak. 

“This is a huge accomplishment, and we are so proud of them,” said District One Chief Communications Officer Jada Tessnier. 

Coach Jared St. Charles praised his team’s hard work and experience, saying, “This team had a goal of making the State Championship, and they put in a lot of extra work over the summer and throughout the year to get them here. A lot of the credit for this year’s success goes to having great senior leadership in Kaylee Cortez, Sydney Price and Savannah Brown.” 

Brown and Cortez spoke about their journey and the upcoming game.

“We’ve faced some tough competition this year that got us prepared and we kind of got on a roll. Me and Kaylee have been playing together since 3rd grade, and certainly going to miss playing with my teammates, but it’s been a lot of fun,” Brown said.

Cortez added, “We’re looking forward to facing Andrew Jackson. They are certainly a tough team, but we know if we play as a team, we can beat anyone.” 

Sean Fortner, father of the team’s 3rd leading scorer, sophomore Kylie Fortner, expressed pride in the work this team has put in. 

“It’s been a four-year process for many of the girls and a 3-year one for Kylie,” he said. “We are super excited for the team, and they have worked really hard to get here.”

The game will be broadcast on at 2 p.m. today.