Lady Tigers too much for Lady Hawks

  • Kaitlyn Richmond, #5 of the Lady Hawks, battles Diavian Wright of the Lady Tigers for position under the basket.

On Friday in the final round of the Hawks’ Invitational Tournament, the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers cruised past Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 50-40.

Allendale-Fairfax High came out more aggressive on offense, taking a 12-6 first-quarter lead before extending its advantage to 21-15 at halftime.

Behind the jumpers of Marlayna Singleton and De’siree James, Blackville-Hilda narrowed the lead to 27-23 early in the third quarter.

That, however, was as close as the game would get. From that point, Allendale-Fairfax High went on to a 23-17 run to wrap up the game.

With the win, Allendale-Fairfax High moves to 8-1 in the standings.

“Offensively, I thought we played really well, especially in transition,” Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jefferies said. “Defensively, we were able to pressure the ball and create turnovers.”

Blackville-Hilda High’s inability to contain Allendale-Fairfax High’s backcourt of K’Osjah Hall, Shaniyah Hammonds and Shateal McMillian was the difference in the game.

The Lady Tiger trio accounted for 74 percent of the team’s offense. Describing Hall’s performance in the game with the word “rhythm” might be an understatement. The senior scored 17 points on seven of 11 shots from the floor, including three 3-pointers. She also had nine rebounds, six steals and six assists.

Hammonds and McMillan weren’t far behind their teammate in offensive production. Hammonds finished with her first career double double with 10 points, 10 assists and three steals. McMillian, who led the team with 11 steals, added 10 points and five assists.

Also playing well for the Lady Tigers was Kaira Moore with six points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Hawks’ top scorer was De’siree James with 11 points. Marlayna Singleton scored nine points and Jada Smalls and Zarion Barker each had eight points.