Lady Warhorses top N. Charleston in playoffs

  • Rachael Creech, left of Barnwell High, drives past a North Charleston High defender.

The Barnwell High varsity girls basketball team got off to a good start in the opening round of the class AA playoffs on Feb. 14 in Barnwell.

Barnwell High turned a close game into a 38-23 runaway over the North Charleston High Lady Cougars.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 13-3 overall in the standings.

Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said the team got complacent at the start of the second half.

“We jumped out to pretty good lead in the first half and get a little relaxed,” Hammonds said. “The good thing is we were able to refocus and get back on our game. We did a superb job defensively and converting on layups in transition.”

The Lady Warhorses led 19-11 hafltime, but saw their advantage trimmed to 20-17 three minutes into the third quarter.

From then on, the Lady Warhorses recaptured their first-half momentum with a 12-2 for a 32-19 lead going into the final quarter.

An incredible outings from Kyra Shuler and Maleah Williams were the key to Barnwell’s second half success.

Shuler had six points, two assists and two steals. Shuler finished the game with a season-high 13 points, eight steals and four rebounds.

Maleak Williams, the Lady Warhorses eighth-grade sensation, registered three key steals and scored six points in the final two quarters.

Meanwhile for the Lady Cougars, it was complete turnaround from their performance to start the second half.

After hitting two of three shots to start the third quarter, shots that were going in the basket earlier all of a sudden were falling short. In addition, the Lady Warhorses forced nine turnovers and converted six of them into layups.

“We stepped up defensively midway in the third quarter with our reboundinig. I thought we played much better in the paint, limiting them to one shot opportunities,” Hammonds said.