Photos by Kenneth Armstrong
BLADENBORO – Jamiyah Hall sank the winning free throw in overtime Friday as West Bladen edged East Bladen 25-24 in Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball action.
The teams were tied 18-18 at the end of regulation, but Hall connected on 3 of 4 free throws in the extra period. Teammate Tinyauh Rhoda tossed in a basket, and Xiomara Phair and Anniya Phillips netted one free throw each in overtime.
Mariah Smith threw in a basket and a free throw for the Lady Eagles in overtime. Teammate Sierra Strickland popped in a basket, and Lavada Jackson added a free throw.
Rhoda topped all scorers for West Bladen with 9 points. Phillips followed with 8 points, and Hall finished with 5 points.
Strickland, Smith and Lavada Jackson shared scoring honors for the Lady Eagles with 5 points each. Teammate Azariah Rhodie tallied 4 points.
Phillips and Hall tossed in first quarter baskets, and Rhoda canned a free throw as the Lady Knights took a 5-2 lead. Lavada Jackson pumped in the East basket.
Strickland sparked a 5-1 second quarter spurt with a basket and a free throw that vaulted the Lady Eagles in front 7-6. Rhodie added an East basket, and Rhoda hit a free throw for the only West point in the period.
Aaniyah Jackson pumped in a basket and a free throw in the third quarter for East, and Rhodie hurled in a basket. Shanell McMillian tacked on a free throw as the Lady Eagles padded the lead to 13-11.
Rhoda rallied the Lady Knights with a basket and a free throw, and teammate Kylee Ward added a basket.
Phillips keyed a fourth quarter Knight come-back with 2 baskets and a free throw, and Rhoda made 2 free throws to pull West even. Lavada Jackson tallied an East basket, Smith delivered 2 free throws, and Jamajah Brown hit one free throw.
Both teams completed their season Friday.
East Bladen 2 5 6 5 6 – 24
West Bladen 5 1 5 7 7 – 25
East Bladen (24) – McKenzie Williams, Jamajah Brown 1, Lavada Jackson 5, Azariah Rhodie 4, Shanell McMillian 1, Mariah Smith 5, Sierra Strickland 5, Heather Hardin, Aaniyah Jackson 3, Merritt Martin, Ronkira Lennon, Jayden Willington.
West Bladen (25) – Ocean Woody, Xiomara Phair 1, Tinyauh Rhoda 9, Jamiyah Melvin Hall 5, Taylor West, Anniya Phillips 8, Suri Cordova, Olivia McCarty, Kylee Ward 2.