The Blackville-Hilda High varsity girls got the best of in-county rival Williston-Elko High by a score of 43-41 Jan. 7 in the Devils' Den.
The contest was tightly contested throughout with 16 lead changes and eight ties.
The Lady Hawks, however, were the more resilient team down the stretch. Trailing 37-33 with 2:19 left to play, the Lady Hawks went on a 10-4 scoring run to close out the game.
With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 7-2 in the standings and 2-0 in region play.
Blackville-Hilda High coach William Hammond said the team made mistakes, but were able to overcome them for the win.
"This wasn't one of our best games," Hammond said.
"We turned the ball over numerous times, but through it all we made the plays late to pull out the game."
For the Lady Hawks, center Talonda Dicks sparked the team's late surge with six points and four rebounds during the run. Dicks completed the game with a season high 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Joining Dicks with a double digit performance was Tyeshia Clark with 14 points, including 10 in the third quarter.
Also shining for the Lady Hawks were Latoya Roundtree and Taylor Brown. Roundtree, who had 10 rebounds in the first half, finished with eight points and 13 boards. Brown ha six points on three of eight shooting from the field.
For the Lady Blue Devils, it was a game of missed opportunities. With a four points lead with less than two minutes to play, the Lady Blue Devils seemed to be in control of the game.
The Lady Blue Devils, however, turned the ball over six times and were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities around the rim.
"Our girls played hard tonight, but we continue to hurt ourselves with turnovers," Williston-Elko High coach Eva Strong said.
"If we could have hit those easy shots around the basket, the outcome might have been different."
Leading the way for the Lady Blue Devils was a familiar face as Zori Green scored in double digits for the eighth time this season. Green, who scored eight of the team's nine points in the first quarter, finished with 17 points, including two three pointers.
Also stepping up for the Lady Blue Devils were Ciera Smith, Shari Williams and Keke Parker. Smith, who stood out on defense with nine steals, also had 12 points and six assists. Williams was solid in the paint with 10 rebounds. She also collected six points. Parker finished with four points, five assists and four steals.
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