Lady Hawks soar over Lady Blue Devils

  • Lady Hawk center De’Siree James, left, highlighted the team’s win over the Lady Blue Devils.

The Blackville-Hilda High girls’ varsity basketball team was hitting on all cylinders in Friday’s home game against Williston-Elko High.

The Lady Hawks turned its in-county rival game against the Lady Blue Devils into a showcase of absolute dominance as they rolled to a 55-25 win.

Blackville-Hilda turned what was a close game in the first half into a rout early in the third quarter. Leading 22-16 to start the second half, the Lady Hawks went on a 17-4 run to take a commanding 39-20 lead with 28 seconds left in the third quarter.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 2-2 in region play.

“We had a few bumps early in the season, but things are beginning to come together,” Blackville-Hilda High coach Coretta Richmond said. “Right now, the team is playing with a lot of confidence and, as a result, we’re winning games.”

Blackville-Hilda High’s ingredients for success were rebounding and solid defense.

The Lady Hawks won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding their counterparts 33-18. The team also created 24 turnovers, including 18 steals.

Marlayna Singleton of the Lady Hawks snared seven of those steals, including two that she converted into layups in the opening quarter.

The Lady Hawks’ biggest contribution, however, came from center De’Siree James. James was a force in the paints, collecting a game-high 14 rebounds. She also led the team in scoring with 18 points on seven of 12 shooting from the field and four of five from the free throw line.

Several others stepping up offensively for the Lady Hawks included Jada Smalls with eight points and nine rebounds; Kaitlyn Richmond had four points and six rebounds; and Nyla Jenkins added four points and six steals.

Despite a promising start, Williston-Elko High was unable to keep pace with Blackville-Hilda in the second half.

It wasn’t as if the Lady Blue Devils didn’t get opportunities to score. The team got chances and second chances near the hoop, but had shots glance off the back of the board and roll off the rim.

“We started well in the game then just fell apart in the second half with mistakes and turnovers,” Williston-Elko High coach Eva Strong said. “We have to be able to play a full game. We can’t play well for two quarters and expect to win games.”

Offensively, the Lady Blue Devils were paced by Maia Cummings with eight points. Tasheeka Whetstone had six points and eight rebounds. Jasmine Geter scored five points and Mya Fagans added four points.