Barnwell girls top AFHS in low-scoring affair

  • Lady Tigers Shateal McMillan, left, and Khaaliyah Brown try to guard Rachel Creech, #3 of the Lady Warhorses.

Sometimes the basket seems as large as a hula hoop. And there are other times it seems as small as a thimble.

That was pretty much the case for the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers in Friday’s home game against Barnwell High.

The Lady Tigers might as well had been sewing as they missed basket after basket in the paint before falling to the Lady Warhorses by a score of 31-28.

The biggest cheer of the night for the Lady Tigers came when Shaniyah Hammond connected on a hardcourt shot as the buzzer sounded to end the game.

However, Hammond’s late game heroics wasn’t enough on a night when Allendale-Fairfax High was plagued by turnovers and missed shots in the interior.

In the fourth quarter alone, the Lady Tigers missed on 10 of 12 shots in the paint and turned over the ball six times.

“It’s tough to win games when you fail to put the ball in the basket. We had good shots inside, but nothing would fall through for us. If we had hit our shots, the outcome might have been different,” Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jeffries said after the Lady Tigers connected on just two of 15 shots in the final quarter.

In a game that saw 11 lead changes, nine ties and very little offense, Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said his team was fortunate to come away on top.

“It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win nonetheless. We made a lot of mistakes, but we also stepped up when the game was on the line,” Hammonds said.

Barnwell High came out of the gates slowly, going just 4-for-17 from the field in the first half as Allendale-Fairfax High crept out to a 13-10 halftime lead.

The Lady Tigers maintained the momentum in the third quarter. For the team, Amber Ferguson, Shateal McMillan and Kiara Moore scored buckets in the paint to increase their lead to 19-14.

In the fourth quarter, though, it was an entirely different story for the Lady Warhorses. After scoring just 18 points through three quarters, the team finally found rhythm offensively. Jesssica Williams got the troops going when she sank a shot off the glass in the paint. On their next possession, Anajae James drove baseline and converted on a layin to put the Lady Warhorses ahead 23-21 with 5:51 remaining in the game.

From there, the Lady Warhorses pretty much put the game out of reach at 29-23 with 1:18 left to play on transition baskets by Skye Creech, Williams and James.

“We definitely struggled offensively, but we came together and got enough offense at the end when it counted,” Hammond said.

For the game, James led the Lady Warhorses with 15 points and nine rebounds. Skye Creech had four points and 10 rebounds and Jessica Williams added four points, six steals and three assists.

The Lady Tigers were led by Hammond with 13 points. Nakoshia Roberts recorded five points and six rebounds and Kiara Moore added four points and seven rebounds.