Area junior varsity teams battle in basketball

The roundball action was in full force last week in girls and boys junior varsity basketball play.

In Warhorse country, the Barnwell High girls drew even.

The Lady Warhorses started on a high note with a win over Pelion High.

However, in the next game, the team stumbled in a loss to region rival Silver Bluff High.

Against Pelion Jan. 14, the Lady Warhorses posted a 34-17 road win.

The game was tight through the first quarter with Barnwell leading Pelion 9-8.

However, over the next two quarters, the Lady Warhorses found its stride, outscoring the Lady Panthers 15-2.

The scoring run gave Barnwell High a commanding 24-10 lead going into the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter, Barnwell High kept the heat on, finishing the game with a 10-3 run.

Leading the Lady Warhorses on offense was Sarah Riley with 11 points, including three three-pointers. Khadidra "Dee" Taylor had eight points. Leanza Brown scored six points and Danielle Ford added five points.

On Jan. 22, Barnwell fell to Silver Bluff by a score of 32-27.

Barnwell High held the advantage in the game with a 23-22 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Barnwell High, however, went through a two-minute scoring gap which allowed Silver Bluff to rain eight straight points for a 30-23 lead with 53 seconds left to play.

For Barnwell High, Paris Bradley had an outstanding performance with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Others scoring included Symone Gilyard with four points. Khadidra Taylor and Sarah Riley each scored four points. Tesha Neal had three points.

The Lady Warhorses are coached by Melanie Johnson. Johnson is a former Barnwell High basketball standout and former member of the South Carolina University women basketball team. Johnson also worked as the Recreation Director for the City of Barnwell until Sept. 12, 2008.

In boys action, the Williston-Elko Blue Devils torched the North High Eagles with a score of 66-31 Friday, Jan. 23 in the Devils Den.

The game was never in doubt as the Blue Devils sizzled to a 28-19 halftime lead.

In the second half, led by Kendrick Salley, the Blue Devils kept the heat on the Eagles. Salley pumped in 11 points with a three-pointer as the Blue Devils outscored the Eagles 46-17 to end the game. Salley was one of seven Williston-Elko High players to score in double-digits.

Salley finished with a game-high 18 points while Andrea Williams scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Demetrius Fassion tallied 10 points.

Others scoring were Anthony Cuthbertson with eight points; Marcus Bates had six points while Byron Williams added four points.