BHHS girls rebound with win over W-E

  • Tamyia Mckevie sets up the offense for the Lady Hawks.

Coming off a tough opening loss to Allendale-Fairfax High in the Hawks’ Invitational Tournament, the Blackville-Hilda High varsity girls could have easily hung their heads in Thursday’s second round game against Williston-Elko High.

Instead, the Lady Hawks responded with their best performance of the season in a convincing 52-24 win.

After not having a single player to score in double digits in the opener, the Lady Hawks responded with three players scoring in double digits against the Lady Blue Devils.

Topping all scorers was Zarion Barker with 16 points on seven of 11 shooting from the floor and four of five from the free throw line.De’siree James was next with 12 points and 13 rebounds followed by Jada Smalls with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Corrette Richmond said her young basketball team responded to adversity.

“We had a tough game yesterday against Allendale but I have to give my girls a lot of credit for moving forward and playing really well today,” Richmond said. “I thought we played with a lot of intensity on both ends of the court.”

The Lady Hawks controlled the tempo all the way through. Fueled by six points from De’siree James and a three-pointer by Marlayna Singleton, the Lady Hawks soared to a 17-1 first quarter lead.

Meanwhile, the Lady Blue Devils had all sorts of problems putting the ball in the basket. Tasheeka Whetstone provided the only basket in the first half as the team fell behind 23-3.

Leading 27-8 midway in the third quarter, the Lady Hawks didn’t let up as they used a 11-5 run to extend the advantage to 38-13.

In the fourth quarter, Barker took over the offense for the Lady Hawks, scoring 11 of the team’s 16 points to complete the game.

Others scoring in the contest for the Lady Hawks included Marlayna Singleton with five points, Kaitlyn Richmond with six points, Nyla Jenkins with four points, and Tamyia McKevie with four points.

The Lady Blue Devils were led by Tasheeka Whestone with seven points and nine rebounds. Maia Cumming and Shakira Ryans each had five points.

“We’re a very young group so it’s not unusual for us to go through some growing pains,” Richmond said.