Warhorses bowl over Hawks, 56-41

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Michael Young - Sports Editor

The Barnwell High varsity boys basketball team came out roaring against in-county rival Blackville-Hilda High Friday night in Barnwell.
The Warhorses took control of the game from the onset before galloping to a convincing 56-41 win.
The Warhorses ability to control the boards was key to their victory as they out-rebounded the Hawks 40 to 26.
For the Warhorses, Trey Sumpter played a major role offensively. Sumpter pumped in a game high 16 points as well as adding eight steals, six assists and four rebounds.
With the win, Barnwell High improves to 2-1.
Barnwell High coach Michael Highsmith said his team started and finished with good intensity.
"We played up-tempo for four quarters tonight," Highsmith said. "Overall, I thought we did a nice job of breaking their pressure and hitting the boards on both ends of the court."
Meanwhile for the Hawks it was a game of missed scoring opportunities, especially in the paint. The team missed 23 shots in the paint, including 10 in the final quarter.
"Unfortunately we missed a lot of layups and open shots inside and it hurt us tonight," Beasley said. "We don't have a lot of size and experience this season, so we have to capitalize on those kinds of chances."
The Warhorses' high energy was displayed early in the contest.
Fueled by Chris Riddle, who scored five points, and Trevor Sumpter with four points, the Warhorses raced to a 11-4 lead with 4:10 left in the opening quarter.
The Hawks countered on the offensive end and closed the gap at 15-11 before the end of the quarter. Players scoring baskets for the Hawks were Montreal Isaac, Juwan Jenkins and Jaloni Jones.
In the second quarter, things continued to go in favor of the Warhorses. Thanks to a tightened defense and smooth offensive sets, the Warhorses increased their lead to 31-18 at halftime.
The Warhorses' scoring surge was led by Trey Sumpter with six points and Shyheim Badger, who added five points and three assists.
Randell Buxton also played well in the quarter for the Warhorses with three points and two steals.
"In the second quarter, we executed really well in transition. We did a very good job of attacking the basket," Highsmith said.
Trailing by as much as 14 points in the first half, the Hawks clawed their way back into the game in the third quarter.
For the Hawks, Barry Armstrong and Willie Ferguson got the troops going, scoring six points each to cut the lead to 38-29 with 31 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Warhorses, however, got their momentum back in the fourth quarter. Jahlin Smith came off the bench and sparked a 16-5 run for a 54-34 lead with 3:32 left to play.
Smith scored six points, including a slam dunk during the run. Also contributing to the run were Trey Sumpter with four points and Trevor Sumpter with two points.
For the game, Trevor Sumpter had eight points and eight rebounds. Chris Riddle added seven points.
The Hawks were led by Isaac with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Armstrong finished with seven points, six steals and four assists. Jones and Ferguson each had 10 points.