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JDA boys fall in basketball playoffs

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team had a good run this season. The Raiders turned in their most productive outing in more than 10 years with 19 victories.

However, the journey came to an end Feb. 23 with JDA losing to Covenant Academy 50-39 in the second round of the SCISA 1A playoffs at Orangeburg Preparatory Academy.

The loss closes out JDA's season at 19-3 overall, including a perfect 10-0 record in region play.

JDA coach Clint Inman said the team played as good as they could.

WEHS Blue Devils' playoff run ends at Upper State

The Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team took over the role as this season Class 1A Cinderella team.

After finishing third in its region, the Blue Devils stormed into the playoffs with three straight wins, including victories over top seeds SouthSide High and McCormick High.

However, the Blue Devils deepest run into the playoffs in more than 10 years ended Saturday at the BI-LO Center in Greenville. In a battle of Devils, Blue Devils fell to the top ranked Red Devils of Great Falls High by a score of 46-39.

JDA boys race past competition in playoffs

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team entered the playoffs with a splash Saturday evening at Orangeburg Prep Academy.

Behind the play of Nic Jamison and Edward Givens, the Raiders made easy work of Wardlaw Academy of Edgefield by a score of 65-43.

Jamison and Givens led the charge as the Raiders raced to a 28-16 halftime lead.

From there, the Raiders broke the game wide open at the start of the third quarter with a 15-3 run for a 43-19 lead.

Free throw frees victory for WEHS

By sinking a free throw with no time remaining in the clock, senior point guard Quantel Mack sealed the fate of SouthSide Christian High Feb. 19 in the second round of the class 1A playoffs.

Mack's shot kept the Blue Devils playoff run intact as it gave Williston-Elko High a 47-46 victory.

With the game tied at 46-46, Mack was fouled as he drove to the basket on a layup attempt as the buzzer sounded to end regulation.

Although he had two hits because he was fouled in the act of shooting, Mack needed only the first attempt to seal the deal.

BHHS Hawks soar to next level of playoffs

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks had reason to be confident as they began the class 1A state basketball playoffs.

Blackville-Hilda overcame a couple of pluzzling late season home losses to win four of its last five games, including back-to-back victories over Williston-Elko High.

The team recent resurgence has coach Blackville-Hilda High coach Michael Beasley felling good about this team chances in the post season.

JDA girls end as runners-up in tournament

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity girls basketball team fell short of its title quest Feb. 15 in the SCISA Region 1 tournament championship game.

Despite solid performances by Darcey Hollday and Lauren Neeley, the Lady Raiders faltered down the stretch, losing to Clarendon Hall Academy by a score of 40-35.

Holladay and Neeley, who accounted for 63 percent of the team's scoring, kept the game close for three and a half quarters.

However, in the last four minutes of play, Clarendon Hall amassed a 8-2 scoring run for the win.

WEHS girls take their share of region title

In the battle for bragging rights between in-county rivals Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High, the Lady Blue Devils had the last word Thursday night in the Hawks Nest.

For Williston-Elko High, senior guard Charnica Williams turned in a superb performance with 16 points and 10 steals in a 40-24 victory.

Williams finished the game going five-of-seven from the floor and six-of-seven from the line. She also had six assists and five rebounds.

JDA girls win semifinals in basketball

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity girls basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Andrew Jackson Academy 42-30 Thursday in the sem finals of the SCISA class 1A tournament.

The region rivals played hard all the way through three quarters with six lead changes and four ties.

However, during the last six minutes of the game, the Lady Raiders made the most of their opportunities.

Gabby Bates shoulder the scoring for JDA down the stretch.

Hawks best Devils for second place in region

Despite not scoring a field goal for nearly three minutes in the final quarter, the Blackville-Hilda High varsity boys basketball team had enough firepower at the end to overtake Williston-Elko High. The final score was 43-37 Feb. 13 in Norway.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda finishes second place in the region with a record of 16-7 overall.

For the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, Williston-Elko High prevented Blackville-Hilda from playing its shoot-and-crash-the-board style of game.

BHHS boys fall to Fox Creek in regional

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks region title hopes took a blow Friday night with a 61-49 home loss to Fox Creek High.

Fox Creek High played better than its 4-7 region record as they dominated Blackville-Hilda High in the first half.

Led by Owen Jacobs, the Predators shot over 50 percent from the floor in the first half on their way to a 35-15 halftime advantage.

Owens scored 10 of his game high 16 points in the first half.

The loss drops Blackville-Hilda High to 13-6 overall and 6-4 in region play.

JDA j.v. team snags roundball win

The Jefferson Davis Academy junior varsity boys got the best of Clarendon Hall Academy by a score of 19-12 Jan. 29 in roundball action.

JDA never trailed in the contest and opened an 11-2 halftime lead behind the shooting of Will McGee. McGee poured in eight first half points on four-of-five shooting from the floor.

"Outstanding effort from a good of hardworking kids," JDA coach Clint Inman said.

Others shining for the Raiders included Caleb Bearden with two points and five rebounds. Polston had two points and two assists and Mackenzie Webster added two points and two steals.

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.

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