The Clinton girls’ basketball team lost just its second game of the season Tuesday night as it could not slow down Quadijah Moore and the Emerald Vikings, losing 70-29 in Clinton.
The teams both entered the game ranked in the top 10 in the SCBCA Class 3A polls, with Clinton at No. 2 and Emerald at No. 8. The Vikings, however, put away a short-handed Clinton team that was without De’Shanti Watts (ankle), when they outscored the Red Devils 20-4 over a span of nearly 6 minutes in the second quarter. That turned a two-point lead into a 33-15 margin, and from there the Vikings were on cruise control.
Moore was very strong for the Vikings, especially in the low post. The senior scored a game-high 24 points to lead three players in double figures. As for Clinton, Terriauna Bennett led the team with nine points.
Clinton hosts Woodruff, ranked No. 3 in the most-recent polling, Friday night.
CHS boys: J.D. Payne scored 23 points, including a go-ahead free throw with 1.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and the Red Devils dodged what would’ve been a difficult loss as they held off the Vikings, 62-61.
Clinton led earlier in the fourth quarter by 13 points before the Vikings turned up the offense, eventually tying the score at 61-all on a basket by Jamil Martin. Payne, after a timeout with 3 seconds to go, was fouled and set to the line, where he made the first and missed the second.
Emerald did not get off a last-second shot as time ran out.
Konnor Richardson had 13 points and Amari Bates added 11 for Clinton.
LDHS: The Raiders were on the receiving end of a doubleheader sweep in Anderson Tuesday, losing both games against Hanna. The girls suffered a 66-28 loss against the No. 10-ranked Yellow Jackets, while the boys lost 87-71 in their game.
The Laurens girls trailed 19-5 after the first quarter and could not recover. Laurens got a game-best five points from Qua Fortson, Raniya Jackson and Asia Davis.
In the boys’ game, Laurens led 44-39 at the half before the Yellow Jackets turned the game around in the third quarter – outscoring Laurens 28-11 – to build a 12-point lead. Christian Anderson led Laurens with 25 points, while Dee Foster had 20. Jordan Woodruff also had 12.
LA: The Laurens Academy girls rolled past Anderson Christian School, shutting the Lions out over the first half and rolling to a 62-5 decision.
LA was up 37-0 at the half and cruised to the finish, led by 19 points from Ruthie Moore and 12 points from Jennifer Wu. Emily Abercrombie added 10 points.
LA’s boys also picked up a big victory, rallying back from as much as 16 points down to win 54-44. Noah Moore had 22 points and passed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the victory. Dawson Foster added 17 points.
PC women: The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team faltered at the Templeton Center Tuesday, suffering a 66-58 loss to Gardner-Webb.
Salina Virola had a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Kacie Hll added 18 points, but PC went 3-for-11 from 3-point range and gave up 24 points off 23 turnovers in the loss.