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BHHS girls overwhelm North, 76-14

On Tuesday night in the Hawks’ Nest, the Blackville-Hilda High girls basketball team put on an impressive performance in their 76-14 rout of region rival North High.

The game was so lopsided that Blackville-Hilda High’s 18-point first quarter was more offense than North High produced for the entire game.

Blackville-Hilda High stifled the North High offense with their high-pressure full-court press defense. The defense caused 26 turnovers which led to 46 points. In addition, Blackville-Hilda High had 23 offensive rebounds.

JDA boys overcome slow start for win

On Jan. 9 in SCISA basketball action, the Jefferson Davis Academy varsity boys got off to a slow start, but rebounded to earn a 61-44 victory over archrival Patrick Henry Academy.

JDA coach Brian Williams said the team struggled with mistakes at the start of the game.

“At the start of the game, we were just out of sync. We committed turnovers and had poor shot selections,” Williams said. “After the first quarter, we made some adjustments and played much better on both ends of the court.”

Barnwell girls top AFHS in low-scoring affair

Sometimes the basket seems as large as a hula hoop. And there are other times it seems as small as a thimble.

That was pretty much the case for the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers in Friday’s home game against Barnwell High.

The Lady Tigers might as well had been sewing as they missed basket after basket in the paint before falling to the Lady Warhorses by a score of 31-28.

The biggest cheer of the night for the Lady Tigers came when Shaniyah Hammond connected on a hardcourt shot as the buzzer sounded to end the game.

Hawks display balance in win

There’s balance in basketball and that’s what the Blackville-Hilda High varsity boys did in their 68-47 victory over North High on Jan. 9 in the Hawks’ Nest.

Not only did Blackville-Hilda High have nine players in the scoring column, but just two of them scored in double digits.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High moves to 6-4 overall.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Ryan Moody said it was a great performance by his team.

JDA girls lose close game

On Jan. 4 in their home game against Mead Hall Episcopal School of Aiken, the Jefferson Davis Academy girls battled. The Lady Raiders fought hard and they clawed.

That, however, wasn’t good enough on the scoreboard as they fell to Mead Hall by a score of 40-38.

Despite the team’s best overall performance of the season, the Lady Raiders were unable to execute when it counted the most.

After being down as much as 10 points in the third quarter, the Lady Raiders outscored Mead Hall 14-7 in the final eight minutes.

Team South Carolina wins Border Bowl V

Area fans braved the cold temperatures Saturday morning at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium for the fifth annual Border Bowl high school All-Star football game.

Despite the chilly conditions, Team South Carolina made it a warm occasion for the Palmetto faithful by coming away with a thrilling 32-25 win over Team Georgia.

Team South Carolina, which overcame a 15-point first half deficit, capped the victory with a 90-yard interception return by Dejuan Bell of North Augusta High with 1:35 left to play.

Ridgeway riding the Title Wave

Barnwell native and Alabama twirler Riley Ridgeway is riding the “Title Wave” after Alabama won the national football championship in overtime in Atlanta, Ga. on Monday night, Jan. 8.

The twirlers were featured on Good Morning America. This is Ridgeway’s third trip to a national championship contest and second win.

“This entire weekend trip, and especially the game, has been the best experience of my life,” said Ridgeway. “I just have no words for how amazing the game was. It is even better knowing I have support from so many of my Barnwell friends and family.”

Blue Devil hot streak continues with win over Hawks

When a basketball team is clicking at the rate of the Williston-Elko High Blue Devils, there’s really not much the opposition can do to stop them.

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks found that out first-hand Friday night in the Devils’ Den.

Sparked by junior forward Keshawn Toney, the Blue Devils captured their fifth straight win of the season with a 53-39 win over the Hawks.

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.

Carolina Shockers seeking players for boys and girls teams

The Carolina Shockers basketball teams are seeking players for the new season.

The amateur youth travel league teams started last year with two teams of boys, but are expanding to include girls this season. Divisions are: 5th-6th grades boys team, 7th-8th grades boys and girls team, 9th- 10th grades boys and girls team, and 11th-12th grades boys team.

“I call basketball the game of life,” said Marcus Rivera, director of Carolina Shockers, of how the sport teaches players discipline, structure and how to operate as a team. He played basketball in high school and college.

WEHS boys capture tournament title

The Williston-Elko High varsity boys claimed top prize in the Hawks’ Holiday basketball tournament with a 63-54 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta High on Saturday night in the championship game.

The first half was tight with eight lead changes. The Trojans briefly took a six-point lead late in the second quarter before the Blue Devils fought back to take a two-point halftime lead.

The Blue Devils continued to control the tempo in the second half behind senior point guard Desmond Murray.

BHS girls cruise over BEHS for title

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.

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

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.

BHS boys rebound with win over Wagener-Salley

Fears of any lingering effects from the Barnwell High boys second round loss to in-county rival Williston-Elko High were quickly silenced Saturday in the Warhorses’ 71-60 third round win over Wagener-Salley High in the Hawks’ holiday tournament.

Trailing 30-29 at halftime, the Warhorses circled the wagons in the third quarter and outscored the War Eagles, 25-11. Russell Branch sparked the team in the third quarter with seven points on three of five shooting from the field.

Blackville Recreation Department celebrates successful fall season

Young cheerleaders and football players were honored by the Blackville Recreational Department.

The department held its annual Football and Cheerleading Banquet on Dec. 5 at the Blackville Community Center. Following a meal, Rev. C.A. Moses from Mt. Zion Baptist Church gave an inspirational message to the young athletes and their families.

“The person you will be in the future is based on everything you can do today,” said Moses, who encouraged the athletes to “stay focused and stay on task.”

Hawks soar from behind to sink Vikings

Everything was seemingly going the Denmark-Olar High boys’ way in Friday’s clash with Blackville-Hilda High in the Hawks’ Nest.

Denmark-Olar had a double-digit lead in the second quarter and was primed to knock off its Hwy. 78 rivals for the third time in two years.

Then, out of nowhere, Blackville-Hilda High responded.

Blackville-Hilda High used a big run midway in the second quarter to trim what was a 12-point deficit to a 28-24 Vikings lead at the half.

Raiders make quick work of Knights

The Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders were hitting on all cylinders in their Dec. 5 home matchup against rival W.W. King Academy.

The Raiders established a level of defensive intensity that set the tone as they held the Knights scoreless in the first half on their way to a convincing 42-16 victory.

JDA coach Brian Williams said the team fed off its defensive pressure and rebounding.

JDA girls fall to St. John’s, 54-31

The Jefferson Davis Academy girls varsity basketball team put up a good fight for three quarters in Friday’s home game against St. Johns Christian Academy of Moncks Corner.

Trailing by seven points going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders ran out of steam down the stretch and fell to the Lady Cavaliers by a score of 54-31.

JDA coach Barry Morehead said his young team is coming along.

Lady Hawks out-hustle Lady Vikings

Not unexpectedly, the Blackville-Hilda High and Denmark-Olar High girls varsity basketball game Friday night in the Hawks’ Nest went right down to the wire.

It wasn’t until the Lady Hawks pulled away with an 8-3 run in the final two minutes to secure the 48-43 win.

The game turned into a seesaw battle with 10 lead changes. While both offenses flourished, it was the Lady Hawks’ defense that came up with four turnovers in crucial situations late in the game to hold off the Lady Vikings.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High moves to 3-2 overall.

Lady Tigers, Devils face off in rematch

A week ago, the Allendale-Fairfax High girls varsity basketball team beat Wade Hampton High by 13 points in the Tigers’ Den.

On Friday night in Hampton, the Lady Tigers and Lady Red Devils squared off again.

This time, however, the final results were different. Wade Hampton High jumped on the Allendale-Fairfax High team early, then fended off a late rally by the Lady Tigers for a 50-43 victory.

Tied at 43-43 with 1:45 left to play, the Lady Red Devils took over the game behind the tough-to-defend Deja Smith-Gross.

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