Barnwell High girls keep rolling

  • Adriana Bell had a team-leading nine assists in Friday’s game against Silver Bluff.

It’s been a while since the Barnwell High varsity girls basketball team has reigned as champions of their region.

However, if the Lady Warhorses can continue doing the things they did in Friday’s game against Silver Bluff High, then the team has a chance this season of ending that drought.

Using a strong first half start, the Lady Warhorses leashed the Lady Bulldogs as they scored an easy 52-37 win.

For the Lady Warhorses, the good was bountiful offensively with a season-high nine players contributing.

Fueling the scoring barrage was Rachael Creech, who tallied a double double with 11 points, 12 steals and eight assists.

Barnwell High, winners of five of its last six games including the last four in a row, moves to 11-5 overall.

Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said the team executed well on both ends of the court.

“Offensively, I thought we were pretty close to doing the things we talked about prior to the game,” Hammonds said. “Defensively, we defended the ball well and we didn’t allow many second chance shots.”

The Lady Warhorses dominated the game from start to finish. Behind Creech’s eight first-quarter points, the team jumped out to a commanding 20-1 lead. Jessica Williams also shined in the opening quarter with five points, including a three-point shot.

In the second quarter, the Lady Warhorses’ scoring slowed down. The team scored only nine points with most of them coming from Adriana Bell, who had five points in the quarter.

Despite the drop-off in scoring in the quarter, the Lady Warhorses still managed to hold a 29-16 lead going into halftime.

“I believe we got out to the big lead and got a little complacent. We scored twenty points in the opening quarter. That’s a lot of offense,” Hammonds said.

After slowing down in the second quarter, the Lady Warhorses regained their shooting touch in the second half. Kyra Shuler fueled the team with seven points during a 14-4 run. Shuler connected on three of four shots in the quarter. She also contributed four steals and two assists.

With a sizeable 41-21 advantage after three quarters, the Lady Warhorses pretty much emptied the bench for the final eight minutes.

Makayla Hayward highlighted the offense down the stretch with four points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Dorion Carter added two points and three rebounds.

For the game, Shuler recorded her first double double of the season with 10 points, 11 steals and four rebounds. Bell recorded nine points and eight assists and Williams added seven points and six rebounds.