Lady Hawks out-hustle Lady Vikings
Not unexpectedly, the Blackville-Hilda High and Denmark-Olar High girls varsity basketball game Friday night in the Hawks’ Nest went right down to the wire.
It wasn’t until the Lady Hawks pulled away with an 8-3 run in the final two minutes to secure the 48-43 win.
The game turned into a seesaw battle with 10 lead changes. While both offenses flourished, it was the Lady Hawks’ defense that came up with four turnovers in crucial situations late in the game to hold off the Lady Vikings.
With the win, Blackville-Hilda High moves to 3-2 overall.
Blackville-Hilda High coach Coretta Richmond said the key to victory was playing strong defensively and sharing the ball on the offensive end.
“Defensively, we applied pressure on the ball and created turnovers. We also contested shots and rebounded well,” Richmond said. “Offensively, I was proud of everyone, especially our point guard Marlayna Singleton. She had a good game distributing the ball. She pretty much got everyone involved in the offense.”
Denmark-Olar High coach Ashley Patterson-Gilmore said her team was their own worst enemy.
“We missed free throws and easy shots under the basket...not to mention all the turnovers we had. We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and converting points from the free throw line,” Gilmore said.
The game was tied at 17-17 going into halftime thanks to Lady Hawks Chiante Daniels’ putback in the closing seconds of the first half.
In the third quarter, the Lady Vikings came out strong.
On the team’s first possession, Crawford rattled in a three-pointer. After a turnover, Tash Youmans scored on a layin in the paint to put the team ahead 22-17.
The Lady Vikings’ lead, however, was short-lived. The Lady Hawks quickly clawed back on the shooting of Arianna Gibson and De’Siree James.
Gibson, who is beginning to gain confidence as an outside shooter, drained a three-pointer to narrow the score to 22-20. Moments later after a steal by Marlayna Singleton, James went baseline and scored on a jumper to tie the score at 22-22 with 5:29 left in the third quarter.
Later on in the quarter, the Lady Hawks continued to soar. The team went on an 8-3 run with Singleton, Jada Smalls, Kaitlyn Richmond and Daniels all converting in transition for a 31-25 lead with 2:53 left in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, it was the play of Jada Smalls which helped the Lady Hawks maintain their advantage. Smalls scored six points and grabbed four rebounds as the team outscored the Lady Vikings 12-8 in the final four minutes of play.
For the game, the Lady Hawks had three players to score in double figures. Chiante Daniels led the way with a season-best 13 points. Smalls and Gibson each scored 10 points. Singleton had a good, all-around performance with five points, 11 assists and six steals.
The Lady Vikings were led by Tahjanique Youmans with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds.
Makayla Sanders also played well with nine points, including a three-pointer.
Faith Vice added seven points.