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Lady Warhorse basketball ranked 10th in the latest SCBCA AA Poll

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Goose Creek –The Barnwell Lady Warhorses have gotten off to a good start at 10-3 and despite their region loss to Whale Branch on Tuesday night they have a chance to get back into the region race when defending region champ and current region leader Woodland (7-5,2-0) pays a visit to Warhorse Nation Friday night.

The teams are very similar, the Lady Warhorses score 45.8 points per game compared to the Lady Wolverines 42.8 point per game. Barnwell allows 33.7 points per game and Woodland give up 34.8 points per game. The biggest difference is in their schedules. This should be a great game Friday night.

The Lady Warhorses have become a permanent fixture in the AA playoffs having made three straight trips into the second round of the AA playoffs and winning at least 17 games in two of the last three years. Will this be the year they get to the third round?

Head coach William Hammonds has a veteran squad returning but know5-110 they must improve in some areas if they are going to compete for the region.

“Our goals are to improve daily.  Each time we take the court whether in practice or a game we must find something to improve on.  As for the season, we want to compete for the region and go as far as we can in the playoffs,” said Hammonds. “We have several players back that played significant minutes last year.  I will also have to note that several put in quality time this summer to improve and it has shown up on the court.”

Leading the Lady Warhorses is one of the top juniors in the state Maleah Williams. The 5-5 combo guard leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game and is also the team leader in steals. Last season she made all-region and was named to the High School Sports Report AA All-State team. She is on pace to eclipse the 1000-point career scoring mark. Several schools have shown interest.

Senior Skye Creech (6-0) is having a solid season and is second in scoring at 8.8 and she grabs a team high six boards a game. She is also receiving some looks from schools at the next level.

Also playing well on the offensive end is Joy Williamson. The 5-9 junior forward is averaging 7 points a game and has scored in double figures four times with a high of 14 points twice. She is hitting 60% from the three-point line.

Freshman guard Ausheona Hammonds (5-4) and junior post player Mya Smith (5-9) both chip in with four points a night. Hammonds scored a career high 12 against Estill.

Also, on the Lady Warhorses roster are seniors guard Ruth Small (5-4), center Jevon Thomas (5-11) and guard Olivia Shuler (5-5). The lone junior is center Jamya Moore while sophomores forward Ariana Donaldson (5-8), wing Kinyah Anderson (5-5) and guard Britoria Grayson (5-6).

Freshman wing Brianna Donaldson (5-5) and center Makayla Creech (5-10) round out the Lady Warhorses.

“It's been a pleasure so far. The girls are working hard and starting to come together. We still get better at the free throw line. I feel we can compete for the region title and we will find out Friday night,” said coach Hammonds.




Barnwell ready for visits from Woodland with second place on the line in region V AA

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – The last time out the Warhorses fell to Whale Branch 63-47 to drop to 1-1 in region play with defending region champ Woodland set to visit on Friday night. The Wolverines are also 1-1 as they evened their record with a resounding win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt 84-58.

Overall the Warhorses are 10-3 and so far, this year they have avenged every loss they have had to date. They enter Friday night’s contest averaging 64 points per game while giving up 58 points a night.

Leading the is sophomore Russell Branch. The 6-1 combo guard leads the team in scoring dropping in 20 points night. Scoring over 35 points twice so far this season. He is also averaging four assist and two steals. He is hitting over 38% of his three-point tries.

“Russell just gets better each time out. All the work has put into become a better basketball player has really paid off. He is one of the top sophomores in the state,” says coach Rivera.

Senior Titus Creech move to the point guard position has paid off as he is a team high 6.5 dimes and 3.5 thefts a game. He also is scoring 10 points a game.

Another senior Levi Flowers is second on the team in scoring and steals with 11 points and 2.8 respectively. He is one of the key leaders on the team.

Coming over from the lower state champion football team are 6-3 forward Domarion Ginn and 6-1 forward Jamari Chisolm. Ginn leads the team in rebounding at 7.2 boards a game and in blocks with two a night.

Chisolm along with Adam Clark are averaging over six points per contest. Both are pulling down over five rebounds a game.

“We have gotten off to a good start, but we still have to play better if we want to challenge for the region championship. Friday we will see how we respond to the loss last week,” said head coach Marcus Rivera. “Woodland is very good basketball team and we will have to match their intensity form start to finish. I like how hard the guys have worked. You can see the change in them and the program. We are not where we want to be, but we are getting there.”

Deshawn Watson was recently named the High School Sports Report’s statewide defensive player of the year. He finished the year with 185 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 16 sacks. Watson capped off his career with a defensive MVP award on the border bowl, between South Carolina and Georgia.

Briggs Kearse was named to the statewide All-State team while Craig Pender, Jamari Chisolm and Ernest Smith were named to the High School Sports Report’s AA All-State team.

Clay Pender was named to the All-rookie team.

Senior Autumn Smoke was named to the HSSR AA All-State volleyball team.


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