GBMS girls beat Denmark-Olar

  • GBMS girls basketball team. From left, (sitting) Anessia Workman, Maci Oberman, Jada Owens, Asia Green, (kneeling) Ameerah Buckmon, Ruth Small, Kniyah Anderson, Shakira Odom, Simone Charltonm, (standing) Nyasia Albany, Britoria Grayson, Ja’Mya Moore, Coach Connie Hayes, Emoni Bennett, Mya Smith and Kia Bennett.

In middle school girls’ basketball action, the Guinyard-Butler Lady War Ponies pulled away from Denmark in the fourth quarter for a 32-16 win Feb. 2 in Barnwell.

With the win, GBMS completes the season with a 12-2 record.

GBMS coach Connie Hayes said they came on after a sluggish start.

“We struggled to get the ball in the basket in the first half. After making a few halftime adjustments, we executed much better offensively in the second half,” Hayes said.

For three quarters, the teams pretty much traded baskets in a game that was dominated by the defenses.

Denmark-Olar, which trailed by as much as six points early in the second half, trimmed the lead to 12-10 on a basket by Ty’ Angela Peach with 1:29 left in the third quarter.

However, from that point on, Denmark went cold offensively, missing nine straight shots.

The Lady War Ponies took advantage of Denmark’s drought behind the shooting of Emoni Bennett. Bennett erupted for six points during 14-4 run that gave GBMS a 26-14 lead with 3:17 left to play.

Also stepping up during the run was Asia Green with a three-pointer and Simone Charlton and Ja’Mya Moore, each with layups.

Over the final three minutes of play, the Lady War Ponies never took their foot off the gas as they went on to outscore Denmark-Olar 10-2 to end the game.

For the game, Emoni Bennett led all scorers with 15 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

In addition to Bennett, Ja’Mya Moore scored six points. Simone Charlton had five points and Nyasia Albany and Maci Oberman each contributed four points.

“I’m really proud of all the girls. This was an outstanding way to finish out the season,” Hayes said.