Lady Horses rally to beat Lady Hawks

  • Adriana Bell of the Lady Warhorses dribbles around Kaitlyn Richmond of the Hawks.

For the Barnwell High girls varsity basketball team, it took until halftime for the team to finally get going against in-county rival Blackville-Hilda High Thursday night, Jan. 18 in Barnwell.

By then, Barnwell High was trailing Blackville-Hilda High 25-17.

After getting out-played by their in-county rivals in the first half, Barnwell High coach William Hammonds had some stern words for his players in the locker room.

Hammonds’ message was well received as the team stormed back to claim a 48-36 victory.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 11-1 overall.

“We just didn’t play very well in the first half. We were out of sync offensively and defensively. We allowed them too many open looks at the basket,” Hammonds said. “We talked it over at halftime and played much better in the second half.”

Defense was the key to victory for the Lady Warhorses. After allowing 27 points in the first half, the Lady Warhorses held the Lady Hawks to only six field goals and 10 points in the second half.

Maleah Williams was the sparkplug for the team. Williams scored 13 of her team-high 18 points in the second half. She also dished out nine assists.

The Lady Warhorses struggled to get the ball in the net in the first half, connecting on only six field goals for 17 points

Meanwhile, the Lady Hawks were more fortunate in their quest to put the ball in the hoop.

The plays of Malayna Singleton had a lot to do with that. Singleton erupted for 14 first-half points, including 12 points in the second quarter.

The Lady Warhorses played like a totally different team in the second half.

It began at the start of the third quarter with a 19-5 run highlighted by Maleah Williams with nine points and four assists.

Others contributing offensively for the team included Kyra Shuler, Camryn Holloway, Rachel Creech, Adriana Bell and Skye Creech - all with layups in transition.

The Lady Hawks hung around in the final quarter before a 7-1 flurry from the Lady Warhorses produced the home team’s largest lead of the night at 44-31 with 1:29 left to play. Anjae James came up big down the stretch for the Lady Warhorses with seven fourth-quarter points on three of four shooting from the field.

For the game, Singleton led the Lady Hawks with 20 points. Chiante Daniels had four points, Richmond had three points and Washington had four points.