Barnwell girls remain unbeaten
The Barnwell High girls basketball team is off to a terrific start this season with four straight wins.
The Lady Warhorses’ latest triumph came on Monday night in a dominating 47-32 win over Pelion High in Barnwell.
In that game, the Lady Warhorses led from start to finish behind the backcourt duo of Maleah Williams and Adriana Bell. Williams finished with a game high 20 points and 12 steals. Bell also had a good all-around performance with 13 points, seven assists and six steals.
Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said the team continues to play well.
“The good thing is that we’re undefeated and still have lots of room for improvement if we want to be a special group,” Hammond said.
In the contest, the Lady Warhorses kicked in gear early and there was little the Lady Panthers could do to stop their momentum.
During the first two minutes of of play, team raced out to a 8-3 lead on transition baskets by Maleah Williams, Rachel Creech and Makayla Hayward.
Ahead 16-12 early in the second quarter, the Lady Warhorses continued to stampede the Lady Panthers.
This time, Adriana Bell caught fire, scoring seven points, including a three-pointer. Kyra Shuler then added a score on a putback to extend the lead to 24-12.
From there, the Lady Warhorses were able to maintain a double digit lead throughout the second half, although a scrappy Lady Panthers squad made it close a few times.
After the Lady Warhorses took their biggest lead of the game at 35-17, the visiting team rallied back midway in the fourth quarter to narrow the gap at 40-30 with 3:37 left to play.
Maleah Williams and Camryn Holloway, however, combined for the next seven points to end the Lady Panthers’ late push.
Defensively for the Lady Warhorses, Jessica Williams, Skye Creech, Makayla Hayward and Rachal Creech was credited with good performances.
“We want to work hard and get better everyday. We’ve had some early success and that’s good for our confidence. However, our team’s goal is to take it one game at a time and put all our focus into that particular game,” said Hammonds.
Anajae James, who left the game with an injury in the first quarter, is expected to be back for Friday’s game at Branchville High.