WEHS Lady Blue Devils upset BHHS Lady Hawks in basketball

The Williston-Elko High girls varsity basketball team had its work cut out for them Thursday night in the Devils Den.

The Lady Blue Devils were faced with the daunting task of beating a Blackville-Hilda High squad which has defeated them eight times in its last eight meetings.

To make matters worse, Blackville-Hilda High was riding a seven-game winning streak highlighted by a victory over region leader Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Despite the odds being stacked against them, the Lady Blue Devils pulled off the improbable, beating the Lady Hawks by a score of 47-42.

The Lady Blue Devils came from five points down in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Hawks 10-3 in the last two minutes of play for the win.

Fueling the comeback was point guard Courtney Corley. Corley scored a team high 19 points, including nine in the fourth quarter.

Williston-Elko High coach Eva Strong said the team never doubted themselves when they got behind.

"Although we haven't beaten Blackville-Hilda in years, we were very confident we could play with them," Strong said.
"Tonight, this was probably our most complete game of the season. I thought we played smart team basketball."

With the win, Williston-Elko High wraps up the regular season at 11-8 overall and 10-4 in region play.

Williston-Elko High finished fourth in region 4A. The Lady Blue Devils will play at Chesterfield High Feb. 16 in the opening round of the class 1A playoffs.

For Blackville-Hilda, the loss knocks them out the race for region 4A title.

Blackville-Hilda High School finishes second in the region with a 13-4 record. The Lady Hawks will play McBee High School at home Feb. 16 in the opening round of the playoffs.

Blackville-Hilda High seemed to have the game in hand with a 36-31 advantage with 4:36 remaining in the contest.

However, the Lady Hawks had a meltdown down the stretch, going 3-of-13 from the field while committing eight turnovers in the last four minutes of play.

"We simply didn't execute when the game was on the line," Blackville-Hilda coach William Hammonds said.
"We played poorly on defense and offensively, we missed a lot of shots in the paint."

Others playing well for Williston-Elko High included Charnica Williams with nine points and six steals. Kyla Coleman had seven points and 10 rebounds while Tierra Richberg registered seven points and 12 rebounds.

For the Lady Hawks, Candace Jones led the offense with 20 points, including three three-pointers. Shawanda Ferguson had six points and nine rebounds while Danielle Brown added four points.