Middle School Basketball
Clarkton School of Discovery Girls 26, Bladenboro 10
By Marsha Burney
Stats By Garrett Melvin, 6th grade Student Statistician
Erica McKoy led her Clarkton School of Discovery Lady Blue Devils to a 26-10 win over Bladenboro Middle School Tuesday afternoon in the conference opener. McKoy had 16 of CSD’s 26 points.
With just a few seconds ticked off the clock, Clarkton’s Anna Kate White got on the board first when she hit a jumper under the basket in heavy traffic.
It was almost three minutes later before anyone else got on the board when Bladenboro’s Callie Lewis tied the score at 2-2. White hit another jumper and McKoy threw in a three-pointer to put Clarkton in the lead, 7-2, at the end of the first quarter.
To start the second quarter, McKoy hit two free throws after being fouled. On Clarkton’s next possession, McKoy hit another three-pointer.
Bladenboro’s Kendall Lambreth threw in a basket to trim Clarkton’s lead to 12-4 at the 3-minute mark of the second quarter. Before halftime, McKoy hit two more jumpers and Sarah Johnson hit one to send Clarkton into the locker room at halftime with an 18-4 lead.
Bladenboro struck first in the third quarter when Lambreth hit a jumper for the Lady Bulldogs, and Clarkton’s Lorna Mendell answered with one for the Lady Blue Devils.
McKoy shot from just inside the three-point line with 1:05 left in the quarter to put Clarkton up, 22-6, going into the final six minutes.
Clarkton’s Mendell connected on a short jumper to open the fourth quarter, and Bladenboro’s Elexis Carrathers scored right behind her.
McKoy drove through the lane for a shot that put Clarkton ahead, 26-8.
Bladenboro went to the line six times in a row on foul shots, but the Lady Bulldogs couldn’t connect on a single one. Carrathers put up the final shot for Bladenboro, but Clarkton claimed the 26-10 win.
Clarkton 7 11 4 4 26
Bladenboro 2 2 2 4 10
Clarkton: Erica McKoy 16, Lorna Mendell 4, Anna Kate White 4, Sarah Johnson 2, Kabarah Moore, Ashley Hardin, Ting Lin, Cybil Campbell, Abbie Cross, Jaya Howell, Gracyn Martin, Lila McDuffie, Izzy Smith, Kirsten Starkloff.
Bladenboro: Elixis Carrathers 4, Kendall Lambreth 4, Callie Lewis 2, Jordan Benson, NeQuasia Lennon, Erica Storms, Alyssa Ruffin, Cassie Singletary, Cadee Bryan, Szkharia Whitfield, Jada Lofton, Kierra Hines, Mahailiyana, De’Ja McNeil.