BHS girls cruise over BEHS for title

  • Jessica Williams, left, of the Lady Warhorses drives past a Lady Red Raider defender.

The Barnwell High girls varsity basketball team won the Hawks Invitational holiday tournament with a convincing 53-30 blowout win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt High Saturday in Blackville.

The Lady Warhorses stampeded the Lady Red Raiders from the get-go. The Lady Warhorses took a double-digit lead less than three minutes into the game and never looked back, leading by as much as 25 points in the contest.

Barnwell High freshman sensation Maleah Williams set the tone, scoring 11 of the team’s first 18 points. Williams went on to finish the game with 21 points, 11 assists and eight steals.

With the win, Barnwell High completed the tournament 3-0 and improves to 9-0 overall.

Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said his team played well in all areas.

“I’m very proud of our girls. This was a good team performance,” Hammonds said. “Overall, I thought they made good shots, rebounded well and played solid defense. Bamberg-Ehrhardt has a really good inside game. I thought we did a good job defensively of denying them the ball in the post.”

Anajae James was also a huge part of the Lady Warhorses’ offensive surge. James had a double-double outing with 14 points, 10 assists and four steals. She did most of her damage in the third quarter with six points and four assists during a 12-2 run.

For the Lady Red Raiders, Kateria Bradham was their top offensive player with 18 points.

Others enjoying a good game included Skye Creech and Adriana Bell. Creech was a force in the paint with 10 points and eight rebounds. Bell had eight points and seven steals.

Defensively, the Lady Warhorses were paced by Maleah Williams, Anajae James, Jessica Williams, Skye Creech, Rachel Creech, Camryn Holloway, Octavia Sexton, Makayla Hayward and Kyra Shuler.

In other tournament action, the Lady Warhorses routed the Lady Warriors of Whale Branch 45-15 in the second round.

Again, it was Maleah Williams leading the charge offensively with 13 points and eight assists. Others playing well were Makayla Hayward and Anajae James with eight points each. Adriana Bell added six points.