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Girls Basketball: West Bladen 55, South Columbus 32

BLADENBORO – Senior Seniah Johnson poured in a career-high 17 points to lead West Bladen to a 55-32 Three Rivers Conference girls’ basketball victory over South Columbus Friday night.

“Seniah played very well,” said Lady Knight Coach Brian McCleney. “This was probably the best game that she has played here. Everybody played well and contributed.”

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Sophomore Haley George threw in a trio of first period baskets and a free throw. Johnson sank 3 free throws, Kasee Singletary nailed a 3-point shot, and senior Lexie Corrothers dropped in a basket as the Lady Knights raced to an early 15-5 lead.

Johnson lit up the scoreboard with 3 baskets and 4 free throws in the second period as the West Bladen lead ballooned to 32-10. Senior Mikayla Meadows tossed in a basket and a free throw, freshman Rylee Chadwick pumped in a basket, and George made 2 free throws.

Singletary drained a 3-point shot and 2 free throws in the third period. George and Corrothers connected on 3 free throws each, Johnson and Meadows flipped in baskets, and sophomore Hannah Pait netted a free throw as the margin swelled to 48-24.

Johnson popped in a basket in the final period. Corrothers and Singletary cashed in 2 free throws each, and George added a free throw.

George totaled 13 points for the winners. Singletary followed with 10 points, and Corrothers finished with 7 points.

“It was a very physical game,” noted Coach McCleney. “I think that was good for us to shake some of the rust off from Tuesday’s game. I was proud of the way the girls kept their cool and kept playing.”

Kyleigh Reaves, Bethany Lupo and Bella Coleman shared scoring honors for South Columbus with 6 points each.

The Lady Knights, now 6-1 in the TRC and 8-3 overall, will travel to Fairmont Friday night after exams.

South Columbus    5       5     14    8 – 32
West Bladen          15     17    16    7 – 55

South Columbus (19) – Kyleigh Reaves 6, Christy Wilson 4, Nonchalont Hemingway 3, Abbey Stanley, Bella Coleman 6, Laney Cribb 2, Kaylee Etheridge, Maddy Watson 2, Bree Scott, Alexis Jordan 2, Bethany Lupo 6, Ashdon Grigsby 1, Addison Jacobs.

West Bladen (55) – Lainey Autry, Haley George 13, Ocean Woody, Kasee Singletary 10, Lexie Corrothers 7, Seniah Johnson 17, Rylee Chadwick 2, Mikayla Meadows 5, Essance Murphy, Hannah Pait 1, Jamiyah Melvin-Hall. 

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