Sports Report for Thursday, 12-28-2017

Local Notes: The Clinton and Laurens varsity basketball teams returned to action yesterday as the girls were in action in the Lady Raider Ruble at LDHS and the boys were in action in the Emerald City Classic at Emerald HS.

Lady Raider Rumble Results

  • CHS 39 – BHP 33… In the first game of the tournament yesterday morning the Lady Red Devils took a hard fought 39-33 win over the Lady Bears of BHP…Clinton led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter but the Lady Bears took 2 point lead (17-15) with 3:35 left to go in the second quarter… The Red Devils were able to remain the lead on a 3-point shot by Savannah Campbell shortly after that and led 18-17 at the half… The second half was pretty even as Clinton never trailed again and went on to take the win… The Red Devils were led in scoring by DeShanti Watts who had a game high 21 points… Campbell finished the game with 5 points, Ashlyn Abercrombie 4, Terriauna Bennett 3, Sara Olivia Stephens 2, Dana Kinard 2 and Tinique Austin 2.
  • LDHS 54 – PHS 44….  In the second game of the tournament, the Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Mustangs of Palmetto HS 54-44… The Raiders defense was the key in this game as they forced the Lady Mustangs into over 30 turnovers but on the downside they turned the ball over a lot themselves… The Raiders led 14-6 after the first 8 minutes of the game and 28-18 at the half… The margins did not fluctuate that much in the second half as both teams had trouble getting the easy ones to fall… The Raiders were led by Qua Fortson and Cali Heisey who each had 12 points…  Jayla Mosley put 7 points on the board for the Raiders, Sandajah Vance 5, Alexus Espinosa 4, Lamoria Allen 3, Ashanti Conway 3, KT Foggie 2, MK Moore 2 and Aija Davis 2.
  • Greenwood 54 – CHS 41… Later in the evening the Red Devils played their second game of the day taking on the Lady Eagles of Greenwood HS a traditionally strong team… The news is not as good as it was in the first game for Red Devil fans as the Eagles took a 54-41 win… The Red Devils played the eagles tough especially in the first half as Greenwood led 13-8 at the end of the first quarter and 23-17 at the half… The eagles began to pull away in the third quarter and continued to do so in the fourth to take the win… Savannah Campbell had a game-high 13 points to lead the Red Devils and DeShanti Watts was also in double-digits with 10 points… Terriauna Bennett finished with 8 points, Ashlyn Abercrombie 4, Dana Kinard 4 and Tinique Austin 2… The Red Devils are 5-7 on the season and will face BHP again today at 3:00 pm in the main gym at LDHS
  • LDHS 59 – B-C 36… The Lady Raiders also played a second game late last night as they faced off against the Lady Bearcats of Brookland-Cayce HS… The news is good here as the Raiders took a 59-36 win over the Bearcats to run their season record to 6-5… The Raiders jumped on top quickly outscoring the Bearcats 13-4 in the first quarter but the Bearcats cut into the lead in the second quarter as laurens only led 22-18 at the half… The Raiders came out in the second half and continued to stretch their lead as the Bearcats had trouble with the Raider press and getting shots to fall… The Raiders also had more second-chance shots in the second half than Clinton… Cali Heisey and Alexus Espinosa led the Raiders with 12 points each and Qua Fortson was also in double-digits with 10 points… Aija Davis had 8 points, Jayla Mosley 5, KT Foggie 4, KT Burnside 2, Lamoria Allen 2, Paula Abrams 2 and Portland Wallace 2… The Raiders will take on Union County today about 6 pm.
  • Game in the Raider Ruble today… 3:00 pm Clinton vs. BHP, 4:40 pm Palmetto vs. Brookland Cayce, 6:00 pm Laurens vs. Union County and at 7:30 the winner of the Clinton vs. BHP game will face Greenwood.

Emerald City Classic Results

  • Laurens 72 – Clinton 61… The Clinton and Laurens boys’ teams were in action last night at the Emerald City Classic and Emerald HS and the two teams were in action against each other… As most of the fans in the area know the Raiders and the Red Devils have already meet twice this year with each team taking a win at home… Last night the tie-breaking win went to the Raiders as they took a 72-61 win over the Red Devils in a hard fought co9ntest… The Raiders took an 11-8 lead after the first 8 minutes of the game but the Red Devils fought back and actually took a 1 point lead with about 1:47 left in the half before Laurens regained the lead taking a 34-30 margin into the locker room at the half… The two teams battled almost evenly in the second half and the Red Devil were able to tie the game 39-39 early in the third quarter but could never get on top as the Raiders led 52-44 at the end of the third quarter and Clinton just could not get any closer the rest of the way… The Raiders’ Ryan Dacre led all scorers with 22 points 16 of which came in the first half… Dee Foster was also in double-digits with 14 points as well as Josh Green who had 13 points… Carson Todd and Christian Anderson both finished with 8 points while Justin Anderson scored 4 and Ty Foster 3… The Red Devils had two players scoring in double-digits as Zay Bennett had 18 points and JD Payne 16… Jahleed Cook added 9 points, Zack James 6, Vilo Boyd 4, Zay Hurley 2, Konnor Richardson 2 and Ty Priestly 1… The Raiders improve to 4-7 on the season and will take on BHP tonight about 6:00 pm while the Red Devils fall to 7-5 (including early season tournament action) and will face Greenwood today at 4:30.
  • Games in the Emerald City Classic Today… 3:00 Ware Shoals vs. McCormick, 4:30 Clinton vs. Greenwood, 6:00 BHP vs. Laurens and 7:30 Emerald vs. Abbeville.

Sports Schedules for this Week

LDHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here

CHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.

Laurens Academy

Dec. 28, 29 & 30… Varsity girls will participate in Lowes Classic Tournament at Chesnee starting today and I believe they will face Fort Mill at 10:00 am. 

Broadcast Notes

Raider Basketball Broadcast… Join us here Tuesday, 1-16-18 at 6:00 pm as we bring you all the action as the Laurens Raiders host the Riverside Warriors in a girls / boys doubleheader of varsity basketball at the LDHS main gym… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at

Middle School BasketballOur next few middle school broadcast will be (starting about 5:00 pm and streamed on the internet at

  • Mon. 1-8-18 when Sanders host Laurens MS
  • Thur. 1-11-18 when Hickory Tavern host Clinton MS White
  • Wed. 1-17-18 when Hickory Tavern host Clinton MS Red
  • Thur. 2-1-18 when Laurens MS host Sanders.  

This & That

  • Youth Basketball in Laurens… Youth basketball registration through the City of Laurens and the Laurens Family YMCA is now open… If your child is ages 3-6 or 13-15 they will register at the Laurens YMCA and they must do so by 1-2-2017… If you child is ages 7-12 they would have registered at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation offices located at The Ridge… Registration for these ages closed Dec. 1, 2017… The fee at either facility is $40 per child… Specific information for each league will be given out at the time of registration… If you have any questions you call the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation office at 681-7275 of the Laurens YMCA at 984-2626.
  • Christians United Co-ed BasketballThe Laurens Family YMCA is starting a co-ed basketball league for church youth groups ages 13 – high school senior… Each team will have 6 members and play 4 vs. 4 games… The registration fee will be 4$0 and the games will start 1-9-18 and the deadline for registration is 12-30-17… Registration is done through the youth minister at each church… For more information call the Y at 984-2626.
  • Laurens Baseball Winter CampRaider Head Baseball Coach Tori Patterson has announced that there will be a hitting camp at the LDHS Hitting Facility on Saturday, 1-13-18… The camp will run from noon – 3:00 pm and is open to 5th thru 8th graders… In addition to Coach Patterson instructors will be current Raider Hitting Coach Allen Staton and another former Raider baseball player Thomas Jones who plays minor league baseball for the Marlins… The cost of the camp is only $25 and will be paid in cash at the start of the camp… The deadline to register is 1-5-18 to register click on the link below and once you have registered send the form to Coach Patterson by email to:… The link for the registration form is:


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