Barnwell girls out-will Allendale-Fairax
In a battle of basketball wills, the Barnwell High varsity girls outlasted Allendale-Faifax High by a score of 46-34 Jan. 31 in Barnwell.
The Lady Warhorses were tied with the Lady Tigers at 34 with under four minutes remaining in the game.
The Lady Warhorses then took control of the contest with a 12-0 scoring run in the final three minutes and 18 seconds.
Aniya James, who led all scorers with 21 points, sparked the team down the stretch with six points and two assists.
Also stepping up for the Lady Warhorses were Maleah Williams and Kyra Shuler. Williams had four points, three assists and two steals. Shuler hit a key three-pointer midway in the fourth quarter.
Others shining offensively for the Lady Warhorses were Makayla Williams with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Dorion Carter with two points and eight rebounds.
With the win, Barnwell High moves to 11-3 overall and 6-2 in region play.
Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said his team fought off a scrappy Allendale-Fairfax squad.
“Allendale-Fairfax played us really tough tonight. We had to pretty much scratch and claw for everything we got,” Hammonds. “This type of game gets you ready for post-season play.”
As for the Lady Tigers, it was a game of missed opportunities in the final eight minutes of play.
The Lady Tigers seemingly had the momentum when Shateal McMillan stole the ball and scored on a layup for a 34-32 lead with 4:54 left to play.
However, the Lady Tigers’ shooting went cold after that point as the team missed its final 12 shots.
“Very tough loss because we played so hard. The effort was there, but we couldn’t get anything to fall into the basket late in the game,” Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jeffries said.
The Lady Tigers were led offensively by Shateal McMillan with 10 points, nine steals and eight assists. Players with six points included Shaniyah Hammonds, Diavian Wright and Kira Moore.