Last-minute free throws sink Warriors

  • Monday, January 27, 2014

There was no lack of energy and aggressive play during Friday night’s bout between the evenly-matched Waccamaw and Marion high schools.

But like a teenager in a Corvette, there was a little too much uncontrolled energy from both teams in the first quarter. Shots were being made a little too quickly, long-distance passes either got away or were intercepted, and the general pace was just a bit quicker than they could handle, which culminated in a run of four back-and-forth, net-to-net turnovers, before Waccamaw’s Rob Ferraro finally scored.

However, some effective coaching from Warriors coach Mike Quinn slowed the play enough for Waccamaw to settle in and come back from an early 4-10 deficit with six unanswered points, and then tie the game at 14.

After that, Marion would go virtually basket-for-basket, but Waccamaw would stay strong and finish the first half ahead 29-24.

With the two fast break teams, fouls and turnovers was the order of the day, but the Swamp Foxes seemed to recover and capitalize a little better, and managed to clinch and maintain a tie to close out the third quarter at 43-43.

Marion then regained the lead, but two fast breaks from the Warriors brought the score to within one at 47-48.

The teams then traded fouls and free throws, and although Waccamaw soon scored a field goal, more fouls gave Marion a 53-50 lead with 2:41 to go, but predictably, fouls from Marion provided the Warriors with a chance to tie at 54.

The Swamp Foxes then roared to 59 before Waccamaw could finally respond with a successful free throw. After trading field goals, Waccamaw’s Justin Busby sank two crucial free throws to cut the lead to 61-59 with 30 seconds left.

The Warriors were 17-of-19 from the charity stripe.

Marion hit six free throws down the stretch to secure the 67-59.

“The guys played their hearts out,” said Quinn, “but we weren’t quite able to execute and get rebounds as well as possible, but we’ll be practicing what we didn’t do tonight, and we’ll be ready for any team in the region.”

Ferraro was the leading scorer for Waccamaw with 18 points. He also had nine rebounds.

Busby had 10 points and two rebounds; Jack Dwyer had 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals; Jemon Smalls had nine points, three assists and two steals; Stephon Funnye had eight points, three assist and two steals; and Deandre Richardson had three rebounds.

The Lady Warriors lost 46-31 to the Lady Swamp Foxes.

Waccamaw sophomore Jada Torrance grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds in the game. She also scored four points.

Brianna Brooks had nine points and Alexis Grove added six.

Around the county

Georgetown remains winless in region play after falling 63-49 to Wilson on Friday night.

Stepfon Cuttino had 11 points and eight rebounds to lead Georgetown.

DaeQuan Gibson had 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals; Michael Billings had eight points and five rebounds; Cavonte Gamble had eight points and three rebounds; Davius Grant had four points and two rebounds; Darrion Graham and Zaquan Collins had three rebounds each.

Carvers Bay lost 56-50 to Hemingway on Friday night.

Darius Williams led the Bears with 16 points and six rebounds.

Eaddy Moore had 10 points and four rebounds; Arkel Williams had eight points and 10 rebounds; Chris Carter had five points, three rebounds and five steals; Marquiese Goss had five points; and Dary Goss had five rebounds.

The Lady Bears held off the Lady Tigers 41-39.

Desaree Green led Carvers Bay with 17 points, 12 rebounds and two steals.

Quantaisha Robinson had 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals; Zaria Blain had five points, five rebounds and two steals; LaQuasha Coles had five points and two steals; and Anatashia Bromell had four points and 11 rebounds.

Andrews’ girls beat Timberland 64-42 on Friday night to pick up their first region win of the season.

“As a coach it was great to see the girls begin to grow and support each other’s efforts throughout the game,” said Lady Yellow Jackets head coach Dennis Britton.

The game was tight in the first half, with Andrews taking a 31-27 lead into halftime.

But the Lady Yellow Jackets’ defense held the Lady Wolves to single-digits in scoring in the third and fourth quarters to secure the victory.

“Tanaze Clark was outstanding slowing down Timberland’s fast break offense and points guards, which provided a real spark for the rest of the team,” Britton said. Brittany McKnight also did a fine job boxing out and controlling the boards.”

Andrews had 41 turnovers in the game.

“As a team we need to limit the amount of turnovers each game,” Britton said.

Shameika McCray led Andrews with 22 points, four steals and six assists. She was 8-for-11 from the free throw line.

Zanavyia Deas had 10 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks; Nyiesha Filmore had nine points, five steals and four assists; DeAndrea Richardson had six points; Akira Gourdine had five points and six rebounds; and McKnight had four points and seven rebounds.

The Yellow Jackets lost 76-56 to the Wolves.

Staff writer Chris Sokoloski contributed to this report.


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