Barnwell girls pull away from Williston-Elko
The Williston-Elko High girls varsity basketball team played hard Wednesday, Dec. 14 in their in-county match with Barnwell High.
In the end, the Lady Blue Devils simply didn’t have enough offense to keep pace with the Lady Warhorses and fell 50-30.
Barnwell High coach William Hammonds spent the last 10 seasons as Blackville-Hilda High’s girls coach before returning to his alma mater.
Hammonds said it was a good victory for this team.
“We wanted balance going into the season and we got that tonight with over eight players contributing in the scoring,” Hammonds said.
Williston-Elko High coach Eva Strong said the team played hard, but struggled at times on both ends of the court.
“Offensively, we missed a lot of shots in the paint and, defensively, we allowed them to get too many second shot opportunties,” Strong said.
The game started out very competitive with four lead changes in the opening quarter.
Early on, solid ball movement by Barnwell High led to numerous open looks with Kyra Shuler, Adriana Bell and Anagae James all scoring on jumpers for a 6-2 advantage.
Midway in the opening quarter, the momentum quickly turned in favor of the Lady Blue Devils.
The team executed well in transition, scoring on layups from Tasheeka Whestone, Jaliyah Collins, Malaysia Ryans and Maia Cummings to go ahead 12-10.
The Lady Blue Devils’ lead, however, was short-lived.
In the second quarter, the Lady Warhorses regained the momentum. The team went on a 21-10 run fueled by an eight point outing from Anagae James for a 34-22 halftime lead.
“In the second quarter we had better ball movement and took good shots. We also were able to create turnovers and turn them into easy baskets on the other end,” said Hammonds.
The third quarter, however, proved to be the downfall for Williston-Elko as the team struggled to rebound and produce points.
After the Lady Blue Devils landed only one of 16 shots from the field, the Lady Warhorses took firm control of the game behind the shooting of Anagae James, Rachael Creech and Adriana Bell.
The trio combined for 19 points as the team surged ahead for a 47-24 score at the end of the third quarter.
James led the way with seven points in the quarter while Creech and Bell each added six points. Kyra Shuler and Aniya Smith each added a basket.
For the game, Rachael Creech led with 14 points and seven assists. Anagae James had 13 points. Adriana Bell scored eight points and Kyra Shuler added six points.
The Lady Blue Devils were led by Maia Cummings with 10 points. Jaliyah Collins had seven points and Malaysia Ryans scored five points.