BHHS girls cruise past WEHS
The Blackville-Hilda High girls varsity basketball team cruised to an 64-17 win over in-county rival Williston-Elko High Friday, Jan. 5 in the Devils’Den.
With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 7-3 overall.
Blackville-Hilda High coach Coretta Richmond said the team played well all around.
“I’m really proud of these young ladies’ athletic performance tonight,” Richmond said. “Offensively, the points were evenly distributed among the team.”
For the Lady Hawks, the tempo was set early thanks to the pin-point passsing of point guard Kaitlyn Richmond.
Kaitlyn Richmond dished out six of her game-high 14 assists in the opening quarter as the Lady Hawks soared to a 17-7 advantage with 48 seconds left in the quarter.
Lady Hawk Arianna Gibson was on the receiving end of four of those assists, finishing with 11 points in the quarter.
Trailing 21-7 at the start of the second quarter, the Lady Blue Devils tried to climb back into the game behind the shooting of Elayshia Brown and Mia Cummings.
Brown scored six points and Cummings scored on a layup to get the lead down to 22-12 with 6:29 left in the first half.
That, however, was as close as the game would get. The Lady Hawks responded with a 10-1 run for a 32-13 halftime lead. The scoring run was highlighted by De’Siree James with four points. Others scoring baskets included Nyla Jenkins, Kaitlyn Richmond and Chante Daniels.
“We had really good ball movement in the first half and we did a good job of converting on the fast break,” Richmond said.
In the third quarter, the Lady Hawks continued to run the floor and build on their lead. Contributions came from four different players as the Lady Hawks built their lead to 51-15.
For the team, Marlayna Singleton led the way with eight points while Rishona Washington, Arianna Gibson and Nyla Jenkins each scored four points.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Hawks’ defense continued to stifle the Lady Blue Devils on offense, holding them to just one basket for the entire quarter.
For the game, Blackville-Hilda High had three players to score in double digits. Arianna Gibson led the team with a season-high 21 points, including four three-pointers. Singleton had 15 points and James added 12 points.
Elayshia Brown paced the Lady Blue Devils with 12 points.
“Arianna Gibson’s skill set has been most impressive. She is contributing both on the offensive and defensive ends of the court. De’Siree James and Marlayna Singleton also were strong offensively tonight.”