Sports Report for Monday, 12-31-2018

Local Notes:

CHS:  Both Clinton Varsity teams were in action this weekend in holiday tournaments.

Boys… As a reminder the boys’ basketball team had been playing in the Emerald City Classic in Greenwood… They started last Wednesday with a 69-47 win over Calhoun Falls… On Thursday they fell to Mid-Carolina 68-48.

  • Friday: Clinton 62 – Emerald 59 in OT… The Red Devils then faced the host Emerald Vikings in a game for 3rd place on Friday… Great news here for Red Devil fans as Clinton took an exciting 62-59 win in overtime…The Red Devils overcame a slow start that saw the Vikings take a 12-4 lead at the end of the first 8 minutes of play but as Coach Romines put it ”We kept plugging away and gutted out a hard fought win”… Clinton led 20-19 at the half and 35-30 going into the 4th quarter of play where Emerald fought back to tie the game 51-51 and send the game into overtime… Clinton scored 11 points in the overtime led by JD Payne and Ahamari Bates who scored all of the Red Devil points in the overtime… The also led the team in scoring as Payne finished with 28 points and bates 20… PJ Bluford and Qua Quarles both finished with 5 points while Davis Wilson and Elijah Campbell both chipped in 2 points each.

 Girls… The Lady Red Devil basketball team also was in action as they were down at Cane Bay HS finishing out their participation in the Carolina Invitational.

  • Friday: Clinton 44 – Stratford 34… Friday the Red Devils punched their ticket to the championship game by defeating the SCHSL Class Stratford Knights by a score of 44-34… Clinton started a little slow as they trailed 11-9 at the end of the first quarter but came back to lead 21-20 at the half… Clinton iced the game in the final 8 minutes of play where they outscored the Knights 13-5… The Red Devils were led by De’Shanti Watts who had 17 points and Tinique Austin who had 13… Dana Kinard finished with 7 points, Taneal Evans 5 and Terriauna Bennett 2.
  • Saturday: Clinton 53 – Cane Bay 52…  Saturday the Red Devils had to take on the home Cobras of Cane Bay HS for the championship… The game went back and forth all night with Clinton going up by 10 in the 3rd quarter … The Cobras fought back to take the lead in the 4th and the Red Devils found themselves down by 6 with just under a minute to play… The Red Devils kept fighting and Taneal Evans hit a floater at the buzzer to lift the Red Devils to a 53-22 win and the Tournament Championship and maintaining their unblemished record at 12-0… De’Shanti Watts led the Red Devils with 20 points and Savanah Campbell was also in double-digits with 17 points… Evans finished with 8 points, while both Terriauna Bennett and Tinique Austin each finished with four points…
  • All-Tournament Team… Savannah Campbell and Terriauna Bennett were named to the All-tournament team… De’Shanti Watts was named the Tournament MVP averaging 16 points per game 20 in the championship game… Congratulation to these young ladies and the team for winning it all! Go Big Red!!



Boys… The Raiders finished out their participation in the tournament at Clover on Friday and Saturday… As a reminder they lost to a team out of Ohio 65-46 on Thursday.

  • Friday: Newberry 61 – Laurens 57… On Friday the Raiders took on the Newberry Bulldogs and got off to a slow start in the first half as Newberry took a 25-21 lead into the half… The Raiders tried to come back in the second half but just could not get over the hump… Christian Anderson led the Raiders with 22 points while Leonard Williams and Shamare Dendy each had 11… Dee Foster scored 6 points, Jordan Woodruff & Amaiji Hill 4 each and both Dra Copeland and J’Von Harris had 3 points.
  • Saturday: Laurens 60 – Matanzas 44… On Saturday the Raiders defeated Matanzas (a team out of Florida) by a score of 60-44 to take 7th place in the tournament… Sorry no scoring details.

 Girls… The Lady Raiders finished hosting the Lady Raider Rumble last Friday and Saturday and as a reminder they took a 69-27 win over Carolina Academy on Thursday.

  • Friday: Laurens 56 – Riverside 35… On Saturday the Raiders picked up another win as they defeated Riverside 56-35… The Raiders led 18-5 at the end of the first quarter and were never really threatened after that… Qua Fortson led the Raiders with a game-high 22 points… Lamoria Allen was also in double-digits with 10 points… Ashanti Conway finished with 9, Nadia Anderson 5, Paula Abrams 4 while MK Moore, Aija Davis and Precious Grant all had 2 points.
  • Saturday: Hillcrest 53 – Laurens 26… The win on Friday propelled the Raiders into the championship game against the Rams of Hillcrest… To put it simply, the Rams came out hot and the Raiders did not as the Rams took a 53-26 win over the Raiders… The Rams outscored the Raiders 11-3 in the first quarter and never looked back… Hanna Wiles led the Raiders in scoring with 5 points… Kenaja Burnside, Lamoria Allen and MK Moore each had 4 points… Paula Abrams and Qua Fortson finished with 3 points each, Raniya Jackson 2 and Ashanti Conway 1.


Laurens Academy: The Lady Crusader basketball team finished up its participation in The Lowe’s Roundball Classic at Chesnee HS over the weekend…. As you may recall they took a 43-22 won over Chester on Thursday.

  • Friday: Fort Mill 41 – LA 18… On Friday the Crusaders took on the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets a team that plays in SCHSL Class-AAAAA in a David vs. Goliath situation… This time Goliath won as Fort Mille took a 41-18 win…. The jumped out to an 11-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and were never really challenged as the Crusaders suffered thorough a bad night offensively as they got off some good shots but could not get them to drop… Ruthie Moore led the Crusaders with 9 points… Blair Quarles, Morgan Marlett, Hannah Stribling and Jennifer Wu each had 2 points and Regan Williamson added 1.
  • Saturday: Gaffney 52 – LA 43… On Saturday the Crusaders took on another SCHSL Class – AAAAA school the Gaffney Indians… The score was closer in this game but the Indians still won by a score of 52-43… The Indians outscored the Crusaders 19-12 in the first quarter and then after that the two teams played almost to a draw… Ruthie Moore had a game-high 16 points to lead the Crusaders in scoring and was named to the Lowes Classic All-Tournament Team… Jennifer Wu was also in double-digits with 10 points… Regan Williamson and Blair Quarles scored 6 points each and Florence Mitchell 5… The Crusaders finished 4th in the tournament.


Broadcast NotesRemember sporting events are streamed live on the internet at

  • Friday, 1-4-19: Laurens Raider varsity teams host the Wade Hampton Generals in Region I-AAAAA action…. We will go live a couple of minutes before 6:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, 1-8-19: Laurens Raider varsity teams host the Woodmont Wildcats in Region I-AAAAA action…. We will go live a couple of minutes before 6:00 pm.
  • Friday, 1-11-19: Laurens Raider varsity teams host the Greenwood Eagles in Region I-AAAAA action…. We will go live a couple of minutes before 6:00 pm. 


High School & Middle School 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: To see the 2018-2019 Crusader basketball schedule click here.


This and That:

  • Laurens Family YMCA 2018 – 2019 Sports Schedules… The Laurens Family YMCA has released the schedules for signing up for different sports during the 2018-2019 sports seasons… To see the entire list of sports, ages for participation, sign-up dates, cost and when the season begins click here… If you have any other questions call the Y at 984-2626… Registration is now open for youth basketball for ages 3-6… The cost is $40 per child and registration will close 1-6-2019 with the season starting the next day.
  • Baseball Winter Camp… The Raider Baseball program will be hosting a one-day baseball camp on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 11:00am-2:00pm… This camp will be held in the Main Gym at Laurens High School, as well as our indoor batting facility… The camp fee is $30/camper. If you have more than one child participating, each additional camper will be $20. This camp is being offered to anyone who is in 1st-8th grade. Campers will get the opportunity to practice and learn basic baseball fundamentals from the Raider Baseball coaches and players… For more information about his camp including what to bring, where to come to register that day, time to be there, who to contact for more information as well as the application form you will need to fill out, click here… Please email Coach Patterson if you plan on coming so they will know how many to expect…. His email address is:


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