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.
Waccamaw was coming off a 57-52 win over Aynor.
Smalls led the Warriors with 15 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Busby had 12 points and three rebounds; Dwyer had 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals; Ferraro had 10 points, five rebounds and two steals; Funnye had five points and three rebounds; and Richardson had four points.
The Lady Warriors lost 46-31 to Marion last week.
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.
The Lady Warriors also fell to Aynor 43-35 last week.
Kadijah Smalls had 15 points to lead Waccamaw. D’Avion Funnye had seven points.
Staff writer Chris Sokoloski contributed to this report.
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