Devils drop Hawks from deep

  • Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013 12:13 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, January 5, 2013 12:20 a.m.
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman
Williston-Elko’s Kalief Freeman releases a jumper for two of his 17 points against Blackville-Hilda.
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman Williston-Elko’s Kalief Freeman releases a jumper for two of his 17 points against Blackville-Hilda.

WILLISTON — When Williston-Elko’s David Owens hit a 3-pointer to start the scoring for the Blue Devils on Friday, he started a trend.

Williston-Elko (6-4, 2-1 Region 4-A) made six 3-pointers on the night, including its first three field goals of the night, en route to a 52-35 win over Blackville Hilda (5-5, 0-1).

Head coach Kenneth Lipsey said that his team normally passes the ball and looks for higher-percentage shots like layups, but the Blue Devils found a different way to score against the Hawks.

“The guys were just shooting well,” he said.

After Owens’ three-ball, senior Jerry James took over the scoring lead for a while. Big enough to play defensive line for the Blue Devils’ football team, James nailed a pair of 3-pointers, scored inside and hit 3-of-4 free throw attempts for 11 points in the game, all in the first half.

Lipsey said James’ ability to contribute in a variety of ways makes him an asset to the Blue Devils.

“He’s real versatile,” Lipsey said. “He’s really a big man that can play the guard position.”

In the second half, it was sophomore Kalief Freeman’s turn to lead the Blue Devils to the hoop. He struggled from the free throw line, making 3 of his 7 attempts, but his seven field goals, mostly in the paint, boosted him to a game-high 17 points.

Freeman’s physical play inside and commitment to the team’s style has Lipsey excited.

“He’s been a double-double guy for us the whole time,” Lipsey said of Freeman. “He’s really bought into what we’re doing.”

The Hawks tried to make a late charge, winning the fourth quarter 17-13. Jalani Jones sparked the late effort with three 3-pointers for 10 points for the game to lead the visitors. The run wasn’t enough, though, as the Blue Devils rode an 11-0 run to start the second half into a 39-18 lead heading into the final frame.

The home team was in conrol the whole way and didn’t give up double digit points in any of the first three quarters. Williston-Elko also didn’t match its 17 points from the first quarter, due in part to being careless with the basketball.

Lipsey said that’s something his team will have to improve for Tuesday’s matchup with another 4-A foe, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, which plays an aggressive brand of basketball.

“We’ve got to work on ball handling and unforced turnovers,” he said.

BH 8 6 4 17 - 35

WE 17 11 11 13 - 52

Blackville-Hilda (5-5, 0-1 Region 4-A)—Roderic Smith 1 2-6 4, Montrel Isaac 3 0-2 6, Jwan Jenkins 1 0-1 2, Julian Faust 0 6-6 6, Darren Jones 0 0-2 0, Jalani Jones 3 1-2 10, Christian Sanders 0 0-2 0, Raishaun Thompson 1 0-0 2, Randle Sincino 1 2-2 5. Totals 10 11-23 35.

3-pointers: J. Jones (3), Sincino.

Williston-Elko (6-4, 2-1 Region 4-A)—Antonio Coleman 1 0-1 2, Josh Owens 3 0-0 7, Justice Wallace 1 0-0 2, Kalief Freeman 7 3-7 17, Jerry James 3 3-4 11, Darren Ferguson 1 0-0 3, Trimayne Whetstone 1 0-0 2, Jahmaya Jenkins 1 0-0 2, Shaquille O’Neal 2 0-0 6. Totals 20 6-12 52.

3-pointers: Owens, James (2), Ferguson, O’Neal (2).

BLACKVILLE-HILDA GIRLS 44, WILLISTON-ELKO 41

Both teams had to come from behind in the girls’ game between Williston-Elko and Blackville-Hilda on Friday, but only one was able to finish the job, as the Hawks won 44-41.

Williston-Elko (4-7, 2-1 Region 4-A) led 10-7 after the first quarter and led 19-15 at halftime, but the Hawks (5-3, 1-0) turned up the defensive pressure after the break.

The visitors led 30-25 heading into the final frame and had pushed their lead to double-digits before the Lady Devils went on a run to make things interesting late.

The home team came up one possession short, but head coach Eva Strong said she’s pleased with the relationships she’s been able to form with her young team. She said those bonds allow the team to come from behind to contend.

“It’s a mentality,” she said. “To be able to communicate and get the to relax enough to play ball ... it’s a blessing.”

Ebony Corbitt was the Lady Devils’ leading scorer with 16 points, and Tyesha Clark and Taylor Brown scored 15 and 13, respectively for the Lady Hawks.

Williston-Elko will host Hunter-Kinard-Tyler on Tuesday.

BH 7 8 15 14 - 44

WE 10 9 6 16 - 41

Blackville-Hilda (5-3, 1-0)—Talonda Dicks 1 0-0 2, Samone Newton 1 0-0 2, Latoya Roundtree 4 0-4 8, Kenshay Staley 2 0-2 4, Tyesha Clark 5 4-9 15, Taylor Brown 6 1-8 13, Shaquina Calhoun 0 0-2 0. Totals 17 5-25 44.

3-pointers: Clark.

Williston-Elko (4-7, 2-1)—Zori Green 2 0-0 6, Ebony Corbitt 3 10-17 16, Dequandra Davenport 2 0-0 4, Ashley Williamson 4 1-2 9, Ciera Smith 2 1-4 5, KeKe Parker 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 13-25 41.

3-pointers: Green (2).

Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.

3-pointers: Owens, James (2), Ferguson, O’Neal (2).

BLACKVILLE-HILDA GIRLS 44, WILLISTON-ELKO 41

Both teams had to come from behind in the girls’ game between Williston-Elko and Blackville-Hilda on Friday, but only one was able to finish the job, as the Hawks won 44-41.

Williston-Elko (4-7, 2-1 Region 4-A) led 10-7 after the first quarter and led 19-15 at halftime, but the Hawks (5-3, 1-0) turned up the defensive pressure after the break.

The visitors led 30-25 heading into the final frame and had pushed their lead to double-digits before the Lady Devils went on a run to make things interesting late.

The home team came up one possession short, but head coach Eva Strong said she’s pleased with the relationships she’s been able to form with her young team. She said those bonds allow the team to come from behind to contend.

“It’s a mentality,” she said. “To be able to communicate and get the to relax enough to play ball ... it’s a blessing.”

Ebony Corbitt was the Lady Devils’ leading scorer with 16 points, and Tyesha Clark and Taylor Brown scored 15 and 13, respectively for the Lady Hawks.

Williston-Elko will host Hunter-Kinard-Tyler on Tuesday.

BH 7 8 15 14 - 44

WE 10 9 6 16 - 41

Blackville-Hilda (5-3, 1-0)—Talonda Dicks 1 0-0 2, Samone Newton 1 0-0 2, Latoya Roundtree 4 0-4 8, Kenshay Staley 2 0-2 4, Tyesha Clark 5 4-9 15, Taylor Brown 6 1-8 13, Shaquina Calhoun 0 0-2 0. Totals 17 5-25 44.

3-pointers: Clark.

Williston-Elko (4-7, 2-1)—Zori Green 2 0-0 6, Ebony Corbitt 3 10-17 16, Dequandra Davenport 2 0-0 4, Ashley Williamson 4 1-2 9, Ciera Smith 2 1-4 5, KeKe Parker 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 13-25 41.

3-pointers: Green (2).

Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.

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