WEHS Lady Blue Devils upset BHHS Lady Hawks in basketball

The Williston-Elko High girls varsity basketball team had its work cut out for them Thursday night in the Devils Den.

The Lady Blue Devils were faced with the daunting task of beating a Blackville-Hilda High squad which has defeated them eight times in its last eight meetings.

To make matters worse, Blackville-Hilda High was riding a seven-game winning streak highlighted by a victory over region leader Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Despite the odds being stacked against them, the Lady Blue Devils pulled off the improbable, beating the Lady Hawks by a score of 47-42.

Lady Hawks find path to victory

Basketball was not the inspiration for the American poet Robert Frost when he wrote his 1915 poem, "The Road Not Taken."

However, for the Blackville-Hilda High girls varsity basketball team, the poem title pretty much summed up their regular season series against region rival Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High of in Norway.

In their first meeting Jan. 9 in Norway, the Lady Hawks were tied at 44-44 with the Lady Trojans after three quarters before going down a road of turnovers and mistakes in the final quarter in a 63-55 defeat.

BHHS boys even score, beats HKT in rematch

Revenge was on the mind of the Blackville-Hilda boys varsity basketball Feb. 3 as they took on Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

When the teams first met Jan. 9 in Norway, the Trojans had their way with the Hawks in a 67-53 blowout victory.

This time it was all Blackville-Hilda as they evened the season score in region action with a 68-52 win over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Blue Devil boys roll in region play

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils blistered the Ridge Spring-Monetta High Trojans by a score of 66-30 Feb. 3 in boys varsity basketball.

The game was never in doubt as the Blue Devils took a 34-17 halftime on 18-second quarter points. Antonio "Busta" Walker had 10 points to lead the Blue Devils at the break. Walker finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 14-6 overall and 10-2 in region play.

The Trojans started the game just four-of-13 from the field for nine points in the opening quarter.

WEHS girls win in region basketball play

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils disarmed the Lady Trojans of Ridge Spring-Monetta by a score of 46-35 Feb. 3 in the Devils Den.

The "Big Three" came through for the Lady Blue Devils on offense as Courtney Corley, Charnica Williams and Tierra Richberg all scored in double-digits. Corley led the group with 19 points.

Williams had 10 points, including two three-pointers. Richberg had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Blue Devils upset HKT in basketball

In a battle between the top two teams in region 5A basketball, Williston-Elko High varsity boys knocked off No. 5 ranked Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High by a final of 56-46 in front of a sellout crowd Friday night in Williston.

Blue Devils senior forward Antonio "Busta" Walker burn the nets in the Devils Den for 39 points which also included 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Walker was plagued by legs cramps during the second half. However, he fought through the discomfort for a career high in scoring.

Lady Warhorses end slump in basketball with win over Edisto High

It didn't take long Friday night for the Barnwell High varsity girls basketball team to ensure its home crowd their its losing was over.

The Lady Warhorses jumped out to 18-2 first quarter lead and never looked back, winning in convincing fashion over Edisto High by a score of 66-28.

Senior point guard Brittany Williams fueled the Lady Warhorse offense with 18 points, including four three-pointers. Williams captured a double-double in the contest finishing with 10 steals.

Williams said team had to set up its performance to end the losing.

The People-Sentinel names its All-Area team

The People-Sentinel announced its fourth annual All-Area football team. Although the football season has come and gone, there were plenty of big accomplishments during the 2008 season.

Again this season, Barnwell County schools bolstered some of the top talent in the 1A and 2A divisions of public school as well as the private school ranks.

Some of the highlights for the 2008 season included Williston-Elko High advancing to the class 1A state finals.

Blue Devils get payback over Blackville-Hilda in rematch

Humbled - and yet still a little steamed by a defeat Dec. 27 at the hands of Blackville-Hilda High, the Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team resolved to make things right in the Jan. 21 rematch in the Hawks Nest.

In the last meeting, Williston-Elko squandered a 13-point second half lead before losing to the Hawks by a score of 50-46.

This time, however, the Blue Devils avoided complacency. Fueled by the pinpoint shooting of Quantel Mack, the Blue Devils got the best of the Hawks with a score of 52-45.

Area junior varsity teams battle in basketball

The roundball action was in full force last week in girls and boys junior varsity basketball play.

In Warhorse country, the Barnwell High girls drew even.

The Lady Warhorses started on a high note with a win over Pelion High.

However, in the next game, the team stumbled in a loss to region rival Silver Bluff High.

Against Pelion Jan. 14, the Lady Warhorses posted a 34-17 road win.

The game was tight through the first quarter with Barnwell leading Pelion 9-8.

Lady Raiders rally over Patrick Henry Academy

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity girls came from behind to beat Patrick Henry Academy by a score of 41-37 Jan. 21 in Estill.

Jefferson Davis Academy trailed Patrick Henry Academy 37-33 with a 1:08 left to play.

The Lady Raiders, however, surged back in the final minute behind the shooting of Darcey Holladay. Holladay scored eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter to lead the team to victory. Holladay also grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double.

JDA coach Eddie Bonnett said it was a great team effort.

Barnwell varsity boys get nipped by Silver Bluff

The Barnwell High Warhorses were nipped by the Silver Bluff High Bulldogs by a score of 52-47 in region play Friday in Petticoat Junction.

Barnwell High led by a much as nine points in the first half.

However, the Warhorses couldn't maintain the advantage. Down 16-7 with 6:29 left in the first half, the Bulldogs barked back, outscoring the Warhorses 46-32 to finish the game.

Theron Stephen led the comeback for Silver Bluff with 17 points, including 13 in the second quarter.

BHHS girls continue to soar in basketball

If you don't think the Blackville-Hilda High Lady Hawks are playing basketball like they're on a mission-just ask the Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils.

In the team's first meeting, Dec. 27 in the Hawks invitational tournament, the Lady Blue Devils tasted a 65-49 defeat by the Lady Hawks.

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the rematch, the Lady Blue Devils were given a dose of the same medicine with the Lady Hawks administering a 58-36 victory.

The Lady Hawks dispatched the Lady Blue Devils from the opening play when the team flew to a 12-4 first-quarter lead.

Still steps down as athletic director but stays on as head football coach

The new year brought in more than a change of calendars for Barnwell High School athletics.

Joey Still, the head varsity football coach and athletic director over the school, resigned at the end of December from the director position.

Roy Sapough, the Barnwell 45 school district superintendent, said Still submitted a letter of resignation from that position to the district in late December.

Rosey Anderson, the assistant athletic director, has filled the vacancy.

Still has been the head football coach and athletic director concurrently for the past four years, he said.

WEHS girls end victory drought, beating Ridge Spring-Monetta

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils got back on the winning track with a 46-39 victory over Ridge Spring-Monetta Friday in region play.

The game was the tale of two halves. Williston-Elko High dominated the first two quarters, take 29-10 halftime advantage. Ridge Spring-Monetta High fought back in the second half.

However, despite a 29-17 scoring run, the Lady Trojans were unable to overcome the 19-point first half deficit.

With the win, Williston-Elko High ends its three-game losing streak and improves to 3-5 in the season.

JDA boys roll to victory in varsity basketball

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team toppled Long Cane Academy by a score of 57-32 Jan. 7 in Blackville.

The game was never in doubt as the Raiders opened a 32-13 halftime lead before extending it to as much as 25 points in the third quarter.

Hot shooting was the key to the Raider first half surge as they shot a team-high 51 percent from the field during the first two quarter.

JDA girls disarm Confederates in basketball

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders disarmed the Lady Confederates for Andrew Jackson Academy with a score of 45-23 Jan. 6 in Blackville.

The Lady Confederates didn't have the ammunition to keep up with scoring pace by a Lady Raiders team led by Lauren Neeley, Kasey Owens and Roxanne Morgan.

The trio accounted for 75 percent of the team's scoring. Neeley was the high scorer with 15 points, eight assists and four steals.

Owens had 11 points and six rebounds. Morgan notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.

BHHS girls fall short in 5A region showdown

In a showdown between region 5A powers in girls varsity basketball, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High got the best of Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 63-55 Jan. 9 in Norway.

The contest looked more like football than basketball with players hitting the deck in the paint and getting tangled up fighting for loose balls.

The game was very competitive for the first three quarters as the teams traded baskets for a 44-44 tied.

BHHS boys soar in varsity basketball

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks have been flying high lately in varsity boys basketball play. Blackville-Hilda High started the season with a 1-2 record.
However, over the last six games, the Hawks have reversed its fortunes, winning five games, including its last four games in a row.
With the victories, Blackville-Hilda improves to 6-3 in the season.
Blackville-Hilda coach Michael Beasley credits good offensive execution for the turnaround.
"Offensively, we struggled at the start of the season and much of that can be attributed to turnovers," Beasley said.

Jones leads BHHS to victory over WEHS in title game

When it comes to playing Williston-Elko High, Blackville-Hilda High senior point guard Candace Jones rises to the occasion. Jones has averaged 17.3 points in the last four meetings against Williston-Elko High.

Unfortunately for Williston-Elko High, that trend continued Dec. 27 in the Hawks Invitational championship game.

Jones stole the Blue Devils thunder once again, erupting for 35 points, 11 assists and six steals in a 65-49 win.


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