Lady Hawks soar to victory

The Blackville-Hilda High Lady Hawks flew past region rival Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High by a count of 61-38 on Jan. 17 in Blackville.

The Lady Hawks wasted little time attacking the Lady Trojans on both ends of the court.

Setting a blistering pace for the team was center De’Siree James. James pulled down five defensive rebounds and highlighted the offense with six points during a 12-5 first-quarter run.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in region play.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Corretta Richmond said her young team continues to improve.

“We were able to get off to a fast start and from there we continued to gain confidence,” Richmond said. “Offensively, there were a lot of good decisions made, especially in transition. Basically, I thought everyone stepped up their game and contributed.”

Leading 14-7 early in the second quarter, the Lady Hawks continued to soar. After a pair of layups from James and baskets by Kaitlyn Richmond, Mar’layna Singleton and Tamyia McKevie, the team led 24-12 with 3:29 left in the first half.

In the second half, the Lady Hawks were able to keep the tempo in their favor behind the shooting of Mar’layna Singleton and Jada Smalls.

Singleton and Smalls were almost unstoppable as they nearly outscored the Lady Trojans in the half by themselves. The duo combined for 23 points as the team finished on a 34-24 scoring run.

Singleton got hot from the perimeter, connecting on seven of eight shots for 15 points. She completed the game with 19 points, 11 steals and six assists.

Smalls, who has really elevated her play over the last couple of weeks, recorded her first career triple-double with 14 points, 20 rebounds and 14 assists.

Rounding out the scoring for the team included James with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Kaitlyn Richmond added five points and seven boards and McKevie pitched in four points and three assists.

“Right now, we’re playing with a lot of confidence. Hopefully, we can keep it going in the second half of the season,” Richmond said.