Denmark-Olar girls top Blackville-Hilda

  • Tyneka Sanders of the Lady Vikings goes in for two of her game high 19 points against the Lady Hawks.

The Denmark-Olar High varsity girls basketball team got the best of Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 62-50 Friday night, Dec. 16, in the Hawks’ Nest.

In a tightly contested game, the Denmark-Olar High Lady Vikings asserted themselves with an 18-10 run in the final quarter.

With the win, Denmark-Olar High moves to 5-1 in the standings.

Denmark-Olar High coach Ashley Patterson-Gilmore said the team was a little worn down after playing its third game in four nights.

“It’s all about team perseverance. We made the plays late when the game was on the line,” Patterson-Gilmore said.

For the Blackville-Hilda High Lady Hawks, it was a game of missed opportunities.

After narrowing what was once a 10-point deficit to 44-42 early in the fourth quarter, the Lady Hawks missed eight of their next 10 shots and trailed 60-44 with 2:29 left to play.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Corrette Richmond said her team’s inexperience showed late in the game.

“We have three eighth graders and five freshman on the team and it showed tonight,” Richmond said. “We didn’t play well under pressure in the final quarter. We had too many missed shots and we didn’t rebound well.”

At the start of the game it was all Lady Vikings. Candace Davis led the charge with 10 first-half points and Grace Johnson added six points as the team built a 33-21 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, things got more interesting as the Lady Hawks clawed their way back into the contest.

For the team, Jada Small and Marlayna Singleton sparked a 19-10 run scoring six points each as the Lady Hawks narrowed the lead to 43-40. Zarion Barker added four points in the quarter.

Ahead 48-44 with 6:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Lady Viking regained the momentum behind the shooting of Tynesha Sanders. Sanders erupted for 10 points in the final five minutes to help seal the win.

For the game, Sanders finished with a game-high 19 points. Grace Johnson tallied a double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Candace Davis had 10 points and Damyana Gleaton added five points.

For the Lady Hawks, Jada Small led the team with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Marlayna Singleton scored 12 points and Tamyia McKevie added six points.