BHHS girls continue to soar in basketball

If you don't think the Blackville-Hilda High Lady Hawks are playing basketball like they're on a mission-just ask the Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils.

In the team's first meeting, Dec. 27 in the Hawks invitational tournament, the Lady Blue Devils tasted a 65-49 defeat by the Lady Hawks.

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the rematch, the Lady Blue Devils were given a dose of the same medicine with the Lady Hawks administering a 58-36 victory.

The Lady Hawks dispatched the Lady Blue Devils from the opening play when the team flew to a 12-4 first-quarter lead.

Leading 21-13 at the start of the second half, the Lady Hawks delivered a knockout blow with a 17-2 scoring run to take a commanding 38-5 lead with 1:02 left in the third quarter.

Offensively, Blackville-Hilda had a balanced attack with three players scoring in double figures.

Shawanda Ferguson was the go-to-player for the Lady Hawks offensively. Ferguson was double trouble for the Lady Blue Devils accounting for 23 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 11-2 in the season and 6-1 in region play.

Blackville-Hilda coach William Hammonds said the team is playing with more balance than earlier in the season.

"Everyone is getting involved in the scoring and that's a big plus," Hammonds said. "Right now, we're taking it one step at a time. Every game is important, so we need to be focused ever time we hit the floor."

Others shining for Blackville-Hilda offensively included Candace Jones with 15 points and 10 assists. Grace Harrison also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Danielle Brown and Kiki Nickens each scored four points.

For Williston-Elko High, Charnica Williams recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 steals. Courtney Corley nearly had a double-double. She finished with nine points and 11 assists.

Others scoring were Tierra Richberg with seven points and eight rebounds. Kyla Coleman had six points and nine rebounds. Lakendra James added five points.

On Friday night Jan. 23 in Wagener, the Lady Hawks continued to pump up the volume on offense, blasting the Lady War Eagles by a score of 60-12.

Tenacity by Blackville-Hilda on both ends of the court led to a 31-2 halftime lead.

Wagener-Salley High was held scoreless in the second quarter. The 48-point margin of victory was the largest in more than 10 years.

Leading the offensive assault for Blackville-Hilda was Shawanda Ferguson with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Jones had 12 points, 10 assists and six steals. Grace Harrison contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.

Danielle Brown pitched in eight points and six steals while Keandra Nickens added eight points and 10 rebounds.