A-F girls fall to BEHS in hard-fought battle

  • Khaaliyah Brown of A-F goes up for a layup in Saturday’s third round game against Ridge Spring-Monetta.

The Hawks’ holiday Invitational second round matchup between the Allendale-Fairfax High girls and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High turned into a thriller Friday in Blackville.

In a back-and-forth affair with 10 lead changes and eight ties, Allendale-Fairfax High took Bamberg-Ehrhardt High down to the wire before dropping a tightly-contested game by a score of 33-31.

The Lady Tigers seemingly had victory in their grasp at 31-30 when Shateal McMillan scored on a floater in the paint with 21.3 seconds left to play.

Sharp-shooting Kitten Johnson of the Lady Red Raiders, however, answered on the other end of the court. Johnson drained a three-pointer to give BEHS a two-point lead with 11 seconds to play.

The Lady Tigers had one final shot, but the ball bounced off the rim as the horn sounded to end the game.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jeffries said his team came up a little short in a hard-fought game.

“It was a good game between two closely matched teams,” Jeffries said. “Offensively, we were too inconsistent around the rim. We have to do a better job of converting when we get opportunities under the basket.”

The difference in the game was the Lady Tigers’ inability to contain Lady Red Raider Katerra Bradham in the interior.

Bradham, who grabbed 13 rebounds, scored 11 of the team’s 19 points in the second half.

“Defensively, we gave up too many second chance points in the paint. Overall, this was a game that we had every opportunity to win but didn’t because we failed to execute,” Jeffries said.

As a team, the Lady Tigers shot 33 percent from the field. Shateal McMillan led the team with 10 points. Shaniyah Hammond had seven points. Davian Wright, who gave the team a spark in the opening quarter with four points, finished with six points. Khaaliyah Brown added five points and six steals. Kiara Moore had three points and four rebounds. Nakosia Roberts each had four rebounds.