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WEHS girls win in low-scoring basketball game

It would be an understatement to say Williston-Elko varsity girls basketball team's offense was running on empty during the final quarter of Friday night's region game against C.A. Johnson High School.

The Lady Blue Devils tapped the bottom of the fuel tank with only one field goal in the game's final eight minutes.

However, despite their shooting woes, the Lady Blue Devils hung on for a 26-25 win over the Lady Hornets.

Williston-Elko High had its worst offensive production of the season, going 10-of-39 from the field.

BHHS girls out-fox Fox Creek High

The Blackville-Hilda High varsity girls made quick work of region rival Fox Creek High Feb. 5 in the Hawks Nest.

Fueled by the scoring of Shawanda Ferguson, the Lady Hawks built a double-digit lead early before soaring to a final 36-25 victory.

Ferguson garnered a double-double producing a game high in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and 14 boards.

Ferguson said it was a great team win with everyone contributing.

Warhorses run down Pelion Panthers in region basketball game

The late season surge continues for the Barnwell High boys varsity basketball team.

On Feb. 2, the Warhorses stayed on its heady roll by corralling the Panthers of Pelion High 65-49.

Bolstered by the trio of Terry Williams, Phazahn Odom and Antwan Hiers, the Warhorses galloped to a 26-17 halftime lead.

Terry Williams turned in his best performance of the season posting a double-double with 14 points, 10 steals and six assists. Odom had a strong outing in the paint with 10 points, 11 boards and two blocked shots. Hiers collected 11 points, six steals and six assists.

JDA Raiders keep winning streak going in basketball

The days of celebrating with high-fives while the starters rest on the bench as the final horn sound still continues for the Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team.

For the Raiders, the victories have come in large quantities this season. The team off to its best start in five years.
At 12-3 in the standings and currently ranked No. 3, Jefferson Davis Academy is one of the hottest teams in 1A class in SCISA.

First-year head coach Clint Inman credits hardwork to the team's resurgence.

WEHS boys pull off close shave win against Fox Creek

The Williston-Elko High varsity boys and Fox Creek High were making baskets at an alarmingly even rate in its Jan. 26 basketball region meeting.

With the team tied at 51-51 in the final seconds, Blue Devil senior center Antonio Walker hit a free throw to put his team ahead by one point.

With the seconds ticking away, Fox Creek High had a shot at victory on a late basket, but the attempt missed at the buzzer giving the Blue Devils a 52-51 nail-biting win.

The late-game drama capped an otherwise frightful fourth quarter performance by the Blue Devils.

Fourth quarter run propels WEHS girls to victory

It took three quarters, but when the Williston-Elko High varsity girls took the role as aggressors, they ran away with a 83-58 victory over North High School Jan. 22 in North.

Williston-Elko High shot 62.5 percent from the floor (15-of-24) in the final quarter as the team outscored North High 33-18.

Tierra Richberg sizzled on the offensively for the Lady Blue Devils with 27 points, including 10 points in the final quarter.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 9-5 overall and 8-2 in region play.

Lady Raiders take bite out of Lady Bulldogs

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity girls basketball team tamed the Lady Bulldogs of Bowman Academy by a score of 40-37 Jan. 26 in Blackville.

With the win, Jefferson Davis Academy snapped its four-game losing streak.

JDA coach Clint Inman said the team need to get out of the slump.

"It was a great team win for us tonight. No doubt this gives us a big confidence boost," Inman said. "We came out and did a good job of establishing ourselves on both ends of the court."

For the Lady Raiders Lauren Neeley was the top offensive performer with 11 points and 10 assists.

In buzzer-beater, WEHS girls pull victory from BHHS Lady Hawks

In a matter of seconds, the Williston-Elko High varsity girls basketball team went from a team headed for a loss to a team of triumph.

Trailing Blackville-Hilda High 51-47 with 53 seconds remaining in the game, Williston-Elko High chances for victory looked slim.

However, the Lady Blue Devils showed some resiliency down the stretch.

Fueled by Charnica Williams, the Lady Blue Devils scored the last six points of the game, including a layup by Williams at the buzzer for a 53-51 comeback win.

Blue Devils slow high-flying Hawks

Before Tuesday's region showdown with Blackville-Hilda High, Williston-Elko High varsity boys coach Devin Liferidge fretted about taking on the high-scoring Blackville-Hilda Hawks while his team continues to struggle offensively.

Blackville-Hilda High was averaging 61 points per game and to make matters worse, the Hawks came into the contest on a hot streak after winning seven of its last eight games.

Liferidge need not have worried.

The Blue Devils turned the tables on its in-county foe as they sizzled to a 25-12 halftime lead then to a 55-42 victory.

JDA junior varsity girls clear Clarendon in basketball

In junior varsity girls basketball action, the Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders defeated Clarendon Hall Academy 37-24 Jan. 19 in Summerton.

The Lady Raiders distributed the wealth offensively with eight players scoring. The top player for the Lady Raiders was Katelyn Bell. Bell poured in 13 points plus eight rebounds and six assists.

With the win, Jefferson Davis Academy improves it record at 11-1 in the standings.

"The girls are playing really well and I'm very proud of all of them," JDA coach Clint Inman said.

Barnwell football coach resigns

Before the Warhorses begin its 2010 football season, Barnwell High will have to do some recruiting.

However, this won't be for a new linebacker or defensive end, but a new head coach.

Head football coach Joey Still, resigned Jan. 15. The district issued a brief statement, but gave no reason for the resignation.

"As of the 15th of this month, Joey Still resigned as the head football coach of Barnwell High School," said Roy Sapough, the school superintendent. "He is still teaching."

Still teaches biology at the high school.

BHHS varsity basketball hot streak continues

To say the the Blackville-Hilda High boys varsity basketball team has been on a roll would be an understatement.

Over the last three weeks, the Blackville-Hilda High Hawks have soared over the competition with nine victories in its last 10 outings, including the last nine in a row.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12 that roll continued with the Hawks knocking off Fox Creek High of North Augusta with a score of 66-57.

Blackville-Hilda High had Fox Creek High in its rear view mirror from the start as the team raced to a 16-8 first quarter lead.

JDA boys snag another varsity basketball win

There were many bright spots for the Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team in its region matchup Jan. 12 at Bowman Academy.

Their free throw shooting was solid. They out-rebounded their opponent and every single player scored at least one basket.
At last but not least, the Raiders outscored the Bulldogs by a count of 47-31. Led by John Walker, the Raiders broke a close game wide open during the third quarter with a 16-5 scoring run. That gave the Raiders a 39-22 lead.

Lady Blue Devils slide past Lady War Eagles

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils scored a 49-37 region win Thursday night over the Lady War Eagles of Wagner-Salley High.

Trailing 14-9 after the first quarter, the Lady Blue Devils found its offense. Fueled by an efficient halfcourt offense and transition game, the Lady Blue Devils went on a 40-23 scoring run over the next three quarters.

Highlighting the offense for the Lady Blue Devils were Tierra Richberg and Courtney Corley. Richberg, who has averaged double-figures in six games, continued her hot play with 17 points and 12 rebounds against the Lady War Eagles.

Barnwell boys stumble after lead against Edisto

In their Jan. 12 region home basketball game, the Barnwell High varsity boys got off to a fast start against the Edisto High School Cougars of Cordova.

However, down the home stretch, the Barnwell Warhorses couldn't keep up with the scoring pace of the Cougars and fell short at the final horn by 61-50.

The Warhorses built a 10-2 lead during the first 10 minutes of the contest, but then the visiting Cougars outscored them 59 to 40 over the next 38 minutes.

Lady Hawks out-muscle Hornets, 45-35

In region 5A girls varsity basketball, the Blackville-Hilda High got the best of C.A. Johnson High as they out-muscled the Lady Hornets by a score of 43-35 Friday night in the Hawks Nest.

The contest turned into a battle of wills with alot of bumping, grabbing and bodies hitting the floor.

Bothteams struggled to score out of their half-court set offense shooting under 40 percent for the contest.

However, despite the low percentage in shooting, Blackville-Hilda head coach William Hammonds said he's glad for the victory.

Barnwell girls land regional victory

If the Barnwell High and Edisto High girls varsity basketball game Jan. 12 was a boxing match, then it would have stopped in the first round.

The Lady Warhorses withheld no punches on its region rivals before delivering a knockout blow by a score of 63-35.

For Barnwell High, it was the dynamic backcourt scoring of Brittany Breeland and Jasmine Tooks that paved the way to victory.

Breeland secured in a double-double with 15 points, 10 steals and four assists while Tooks provided 14 points, six steals and six assists.

Lady Warhorses end with high score out of low-scoring basketball game

If fans from Barnwell and Wade Hampton were expecting an exciting, high-scoring girls basketball game, then they were disappointed Friday night in Barnwell.

Barnwell High was the first team to reach 20 points, but they did so with 3:29 left in the third quarter. Despite, the Lady Warhorses' poor shooting, its was good enough for a 39-20 victory over the Lady Red Devils.

WEHS boys net their first regional basketball victory

In search of its first region win, the Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball accomplished its mission after three tries Jan. 5 against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Senior guard Quantel Mack sparked the team to victory with 18 points as the Blue Devils downed the Trojans by a score of 55-45.
Mack was seven-of-13 from the field with two three-pointers.

With the win, Williston-Elko improves to 8-5 overall and 1-2 in region play.

Williston-Elko High coach Devin Liferidge said it was a huge win for the team.

JDA boys squeak past Andy Jackson in basketball

The Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders slid past the Andrew Jackson Academy Confederates by a close score of 54-48 Friday in Ehrhardt.

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys got its eighth win of the season by putting three players in double digit scoring.

Leading the way for the Raiders was junior Edward Givens with 19 points, including three three-pointers.

Givens was eight-of-12 from the field. Givens leads the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game. He surpassed 1,000 points scoring for his career Dec. 19. 2009 against Patrick Henry Academy during JDA's Christmas tournament.

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