The Laurens Raiders and Clinton Red Devils’ basketball teams opened holiday tournament play Wednesday afternoon.
In Laurens, the Clinton girls opened the Raider Rumble by knocking off Belton-Honea Path, 39-33. De’Shanti Watts led Clinton with 21 points, including nine points in the fourth quarter to help deny the Bears’ last-gasp comeback hopes.
Clinton later played a second game against Greenwood in the evening, with Greenwood pulling away late for a 54-41 victory over the Red Devils. Savanna Campbell had 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Watts had 10 points.
Clinton is back on the court Thursday with a second game against BHP.
The Laurens girls’ basketball team then followed with a 54-44 victory over Palmetto. Qua Fortson and Cali Heisey each scored 12 points, with Foster scoring eight straight Laurens points in one stretch to help build a double-digit lead before halftime.
Laurens played a second game later in the night, and came out on top with a 59-36 victory over Brookland-Cayce. Cali Heisey and Alexus Espinoza each had 12 points, while Qua Fortson had 10.
Boys: The Laurens Raiders and Clinton Red Devils met for the third time this season in the first round of the Emerald Classic, with Laurens coming out on top by a score of 72-61. Laurens will take on BHP, which edged Greenwood in another opening-round game. That game will be played at 7:30 p.m.
Clinton and Greenwood will meet in a consolation game at 4:30 p.m.