On Dec. 16 in their home matchup with Williston-Elko Blue Devils, the Barnwell High Warhorses were hitting on all cylinders as they rolled over their in-county rivals by a score of 57-42.
The outcome of the game was in doubt through three quarters with the Blue Devils trailing 35-30.
In the fourth quarter, the Warhorses put the pedal to the metal. Fueled by a sensational all-around effort from Trevor Sumpter, the Warhorses used a 22-11 surge to put the game away.
Sumpter, who had seven points during the run, finished with 14 points on seven of 13 shooting from the field. Sumpter also contributed nine rebounds, six steals and four assists.
The victory improves Barnwell High to 5-2 in the standings.
Barnwell High coach Michael Highsmith said the team is coming along.
"We played stretches of good basketball tonight, but we're still looking to be more consistent" Highsmith said.
The Warhorses held a 32-18 edge on the glass, this comes after getting rebounded 36-24 three days earlier against Blackville-Hilda High.
"Offensively, we were very active on the boards. I thought our guards did a good job of pushing the ball and on the interior we got contributions from several players," Highsmith said.
Joining Trevor Sumpter in double digit scoring was sibling Trey Sumpter, who registered 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Others contributing offensively for the Warhorses. Randall Buxton had his best outing of the season with nine points, six steals and two assists. Shyheim Badger notched seven points and four rebounds. Chris Riddle and Jerry Cuthbertson finished with four points.
For Williston-Elko High, the loss drops the team at 2-2 in the standings.
WEHS coach Kenneth Lipsey said turnovers hurt the team's chances.
"We didn't do a good job of taking care of the basketball and defending. That was the difference in the game," Lipsey said.
The top offensive player for the Blue Devils was Kalief Freeman with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Laurence Phoniex had five points and five rebounds while Nate Cunnigham added five points.
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