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Lady Blue Devils snag regional basketball victory

The Williston-Elko High varsity girls basketball team used a balanced scoring attack to post a 45-32 victory over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High Jan. 5 in the Devils Den.

Leading 28-24 after three quarters, the Lady Blue Devils pulled away down the stretch, outscoring the Lady Trojans by a count of 17-6 in the final quarter.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 8-4 overall and 3-0 in region play.

Williston-Elko High coach Eva Strong said the team is gaining confidence.

Hawks soar over Trojans in basketball

The Blackville-Hilda High boys varsity basketball team's stellar start added another impressive chapter Friday night in the Hawks Nest.

Taking on region rival Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High, the Hawks seemed to be grounded as they trailed 36-27 at halftime.

However, in the second half, the Hawks found their wings and took flight.

Fueled by the play of Larry Smith, the Blackville-Hilda High erased a nine-point halftime deficit for a 68-56 win.

JDA varsity girls score a roundball victory

In varsity girls basketball action, the Lady Raiders of Jefferson Davis Academy got the best of Patrick Henry Academy with a score of 40-26 Jan. 5 in Estill.

Behind the plays of Darcey Holladay and Lauren Neeley, the Lady Raiders put a close game away with a 18-6 scoring run in the final quarter.

Holladay scored six fourth quarter points on three-of-four shooting. Holladay finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

AFHS Tigers beat WEHS boys in basketball

The Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers got the best of the Williston-Elko High Blue Devils by a score of 52-46 Wednesday night in the Devils Den.

Trailing 38-35 entering the fourth quarter, Allendale-Fairfax heated up and went on its game-deciding 17-8 run.

For the Tigers, it was Bernard Owens who singlehandedly buried the Blue Devils in the final eight minutes. Owens went on a scoring tear with 10 points, including a three-pointers. Owens finished with a game high 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including five three-pointers and nine rebounds.

Barnwell girls best Blackville-Hilda Lady Hawks in basketball

The Barnwell High School varsity girls basketball team is on an early roll.

On Friday night in Barnwell, the Lady Warhorses wrapped up its fourth victory of the season as they cruised past county rival Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 40-22.

With the win, Barnwell High sweeps the season series over Blackville-Hilda High two games to none. Barnwell High improves to 4-0 in the standing.

Behind the shooting of Jasmine Tooks, Barnwell High led by a much as 18 points in the first half and didn't let Blackville-Hilda get any closer than 16 points in the second half.

Hawks soar over Barnwell in rematch

The much anticipated boys varsity basketball rematch between in-county rivals Barnwell High and Blackville-Hilda High turned into a one-sided affair Friday night in Barnwell.

In the first meeting between the teams, Dec. 4 in the Hawks Nest, Blackville-Hilda raced to a 10-point second half lead before holding on for a 63-57 victory.

However, this time for Blackville-Hilda High, there would be no close call.

Sparked by the torrid shooting of senior guard Larry Johnson, the Hawks raced to a 15-point first half lead before soaring away with a 64-42 victory.

AFHS Lady Tigers trounce WEHS Lady Blue Devils in basketball

The Lady Tigers of Allendale-Fairfax High clawed the Lady Blue Devils of Williston-Elko High by a score of 57-42 Wednesday night in Williston.

Allendale-Fairfax High opened a 31-11 halftime lead, then withstood a second half rally by Williston-Elko High.

For the Lady Tigers, the team shared the wealth on offense with seven different players scoring. Marcia Bolden highlighted the team with 11 points and eight rebounds. Latifiah Johnson also had a solid performance with seven points, six steals and five assists.

Hawks fly over Warhorses in boys basketball

The only thing missing in Friday's in-county showdown between Barnwell High and Blackville-Hilda High basketball teams were shoulder pads.
The contest turned into a battle of wills and the desire to win at any cost was on par with the two schools' football rivalry.

After the teams traded runs and scoring flurries, Blackville-Hilda held on in its home court Friday night for a thrilling 73-57 victory.

Barnwell High, which trailed as much as 10 points in the fourth quarter, narrowed the lead to 60-57 with 32 seconds left to play.

JDA girls open basketball season with victory

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity girls basketball team broke into the winners column Dec. 1 during its home game against Orangeburg Christian Academy.

With the front court of Lauren Neeley and Darcey Holiday leading the way, the Lady Raiders rolled to a 43-10 win.

The senior duo combined for 24 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.

Neeley led the way with 14 points on six-of-10 shooting from the field. She also contributed seven assists and six rebounds.
Holiday finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.

Blue Devils bound for state again

Back-to-back and still perfect.

On Friday night in the Devils Den, Williston-Elko High School kept its winning streak intact while capturing its second straight division II Upper State championship.

In a rematch of last year's Upper State Finals, the Blue Devils took care of business again, steamrolling past Ware Shoals High School by a score of 44-20.

Unlike last week's game when the team started sluggish with only six points in the first quarter-this time Williston-Elko High took control from the start.

WEHS Blue Devils stop HKT Trojans, 38-18

The much anticipated rematch between region 4A powers Williston-Elko High and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High lived up to its billing for a least one quarter Friday night during the second round playoff game in the Devils Den.

The Trojans, who lost to the Blue Devils High 40-22 Oct. 2 in Norway, looked to even the season score early on as they raced to a 14-12 first quarter lead.

However, that was the extent of the highlight reel for the Trojans for awhile.

Fueled by the running of Kendric Salley, the Blue Devil express shucked off its slow start and kicked into high gear.

WEHS Blue Devils pull away from Great Falls Red Devils with a 24-0 victory

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils overcame plenty of its own mistakes to pull away from Great Falls High School for a 24-0 victory Friday night in the opening round of the class A playoffs.

The top seeded Blue Devils found themselves in a tussle with a scrappy Red Devil team.

The game was closely contested through the first three quarters and wasn't decided until early in the fourth quarter when the Blue Devils pulled away with 16 unanswered points within six-minutes.

BHHS Hawks close out football season with a 6-5 record

The Blackville-Hilda High School closed out its season in a 14-7 loss to Scott's Branch High School Friday night in first round of the class 1A football playoffs.

Scott's Branch High made it two victories in a row over Blackville-Hilda in post season play after beating the Hawks 24-16 last year in the Lower State Finals.

Just like the last years' meeting, the Hawks were haunted by turnovers and mistakes.

Leading 7-6 in the fourth quarter, the game to away from the Hawks when, Scott's Branch High recovered a Hawks fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

JDA exits football playoffs

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity football team fell to Wardlaw Academy by a score of 64-12 Friday night in the first round of the SCISA 1A playoffs.

Plagued by mistakes and turnovers, Jefferson Davis Academy never got going in the contest, falling behind by 24 points at the end of the first quarter.

Wardlaw Academy which scored on six of its seven possessions put the game away in the first half 44-6 lead.

The loss ends Jefferson Davis Academy's season at 4-7 overall.

WEHS v-ball team falls in playoff volley

The Williston-Elko High varsity volleyball team had a good run this season with 14 victories, including a six-game winning streak.

However, all good things come to an end. For the Lady Blue Devils, the journey ended in the second round of the class A playoffs.

After defeating Indian Land High School in the opening round, the Lady Blue Devils stumbled in the next round, losing to Greenville Tech three games to none.

Barnwell High misses playoff berth in football

The Barnwell High Warhorses fell in its season finale, losing to the Bulldogs of Silver Bluff High by a score of 27-0.

The Warhorses never got out of the stable for this one as the team finished with only 107 yards of total offense.

The Warhorses best drive game on the team first possession.

Behind some hard running by Colby Carter and Antwan Hiers, the Warhorses drove 67 yards down to the Bulldogs 18-yard line.

The drive, however stalled when the Warhorses were stopped inches short of a first down on fourth down and two.

Blue Devils blow past BHHS Hawks in season finale

Unfortunately for Blackville-Hilda, what goes around comes around.

Last season, the only team that stood between Williston-Elko High and a perfect regular season was Blackville-Hilda High.

Blackville-Hilda High defeated Williston-Elko High 21-0 Halloween night 2008 thus ending the Blue Devils hopes of a perfect season and region title.

Since then the Williston-Elko High players were anxiously waiting a rematch and on Friday night in the Hawks Nest.

JDA Raiders fall to Calhoun Falls in football

There were a lot of hung heads walking off the field in the wake of another tough loss for the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders football team.

Three times this season, Jefferson Davis Academy had the lead going into the final quarter only to be disappointed at the final horn.

On Friday night in Blackville, the Raiders led Calhoun Falls Academy, a charter school, 32-22 going into the fourth quarter.

However, the Raiders couldn't hold the lead as Calhoun Falls erupted for 24 fourth quarter points in a 46-32 win.

Johnson High stages upset for BHHS Hawks

The contest against C.A. Johnson High School was suppose to be a tune-up game for the Blackville-Hilda High varsity football team before its season finale showdown with Williston-Elko High School.

However, for Blackville-Hilda High, things didn't go as plan.

Plagued by turnovers and mistakes, the Hawks suffered a stunning 8-7 defeat Thursday night by the Green Hornets.

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