Lady Hawks find path to victory

Basketball was not the inspiration for the American poet Robert Frost when he wrote his 1915 poem, "The Road Not Taken."

However, for the Blackville-Hilda High girls varsity basketball team, the poem title pretty much summed up their regular season series against region rival Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High of in Norway.

In their first meeting Jan. 9 in Norway, the Lady Hawks were tied at 44-44 with the Lady Trojans after three quarters before going down a road of turnovers and mistakes in the final quarter in a 63-55 defeat.

On Feb. 3 in the Hawks Nest, the teams squared off in a rematch and just like the first meeting, the game was decided in the final quarter.

However, this time, Blackville-Hilda High took a different route and the team made better decisions along the course for a 67-64 victory.

The game teetered back and forth with 16 lead changes. Blackille-Hilda led by a much as eight points in the third quarter before H-K-T came back to take a 60-58 lead with 2:03 left to play.

Down but not out, the Lady Hawks soared back with a 9-3 run to pull out the win.

The crucial play down the stretch was a three-pointer by Danielle Brown which gave the Lady Hawks a 61-60 lead.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 13-3 overall and 8-1 in region play. The Lady Hawks moves into a first place tie in region 5A with Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Blackville-Hilda High coach William Hammonds said it was a great game between two good teams.

"We knew we were going to get a great game tonight from Hunter-Kinard-Tyler," Hammonds said. "We knew we had to come with our best game if we wanted to come out with a victory. I was very pleased with all of our players. It was a great team performance. I thought we did an outstanding job of making the plays when we needed."

For the Lady Hawks, Candace Jones and Shawanda Ferguson steered the team down the right path.

The duo accounted for 44 points with Jones leading the way with 24 points on nine-of-16 shooting from the field. Jones also had 11 assists and six steals. Ferguson had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

"Candace Jones and Shawanda Ferguson had another great performances tonight. However, we also had several others girls who stepped up and played very well when the game was on the line," Hammonds said.

Rounding out the scoring for BHHS were Grace Harrison with six points and 10 rebounds. Shidaa Mincy had six points and nine rebounds.