Lady Horses outlast Lady Hawks, 65-62
On Dec. 20 in the Hawks’ Nest, local basketball fans got their money’s worth in the in-county battle between the varsity girls of Barnwell High and Blackville-Hilda High.
In what turned into a nip-and-tuck game with 12 ties and 10 lead changes, Barnwell High outlasted Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 65-62.
The back-and-forth affair wasn’t decided until the last three minutes of play.
Trailing 55-52 with 3:07 left to play, the Lady Warhorses went on a 13-7 scoring run to pull out the win.
With the win, Barnwell High moves to 3-0 in the standings.
Barnwell High coach William Hammond said the team never quit in a very competitive game.
“I was really proud of how our girls showed resiliency,” Hammond said. “Blackville-Hilda had the momentum late in the fourth quarter, but we never lost our poise. We just kept fighting back. We had several players that stepped in during the final two minutes to help us secure victory.”
Both teams operated at a high rate in the first half. Back-to-back baskets from Adriana Bell and Makayla Hayward saw the Lady Warhorses take a 10-6 lead.
The host team, however, battled back late in the quarter to tie the game at 14-14 on a layup from Marlyana Singleton and a putback by Zarion Barker.
Leading 18-16 midway in the second quarter, the Lady Hawks continued to soar. A short jumper by Singleton, followed by a putbacks from De’siree James and Tamyia Mckie gave the team a 22-18 lead.
Late in the first half, the Lady Hawks would continue to hold on to the advantage. Ahead 23-25 with 58 seconds left in the second quarter, Singleton’s drive to the hoop netted a basket. One possession later, Jada Small battled in the paint and scored on a putback. Moments later, after getting fouled, James sank two free throws to give the Lady Hawks a 29-28 halftime advantage.
At the start of the fourth quarter, things seemed as though they were going the Lady Hawks’ way as the team stretched their lead to 55-48 on a jumper by Jada Smalls.
Trailing by their biggest deficit of the game, the Lady Warhorses fought back. Fueled by layups from Kyra Shuler, Adriana Bell and Makayla Singleton, the team went on a 12-2 run take take a 60-58 lead with 1:03 left to play.
Another strong presence for the Lady Warhorses in the quarter was Dorion Carter. Carter scored two baskets in the paint and recorded three rebounds in the last three minutes.
The Lady Hawks were their own worst enemy during the scoring run. They hit just one of 13 shots from the field during the final four minutes of the game.
For the game, Bell led Barnwell High with 13 points and nine assists. Carter registered eight points and six rebounds. Shuler recorded 11 points, seven steals and four rebounds. Hayward added seven points.
For Blackville-Hilda, Singleton led with 14 points. Smalls pitched in 12 points and 12 rebounds. Zarion Barker and De’siree James each scored 11 points.