Sports Report for Monday, 1-7-2019

Local Notes:

CHS:  The Clinton Red Devils traveled to Union County HS to open up the region portion of their schedule against the Yellow Jackets last Friday and the Red Devil boys’ team hosted Lexington HS at PC on Saturday

  • Girls: Union 48 – Clinton 35… After a couple of close call earlier in the season, the Lady Red Devils lost for the first time this season as the Yellow Jackets took a 48-35 win… Clinton led 9-8 at the end of the first quarter as neither team showed a lot of offense… Union stepped up their offense in the second quarter and led 21-18 at the break… The Red Devils came out even colder in the third period as Union outscored them 12-5 and then went on to take the win… Coach Gardner commented afterwards “(it was a) 6-8 point game most of the second half… Couldn’t get over the hump… Had a reality check on the intensity and focus it takes to win region games… Excited to see how this team responds next (this) week”… The Red Devils were led in scoring by De’Shanti Watts and Terriauna Bennett led the scoring for the Red Devils with 13 and 12 points respectively… Savannah Campbell finished with 8 points and Taneal Evans 2… The Red Devils are now 11-1 on the season and 0-1 in region play.
  • Boys: Union 76 – Clinton 68… In the second game of the evening the Yellow Jackets completed the sweep of the Red Devils by taking a 76-68 win in boys’ action… The game was close for the first three quarters with Union holding a 32-29 lead at the half but the Red Devils fought back to 50-49 lead at the end of the third quarter… In that crucial fourth quarter the Yellow Jackets outscored the Red Devils 27-18 with 15 of those 27 points coming from the free throw line where they went 15 of 22 in the final 8 minutes of play… Union’s Ladarius Jeffries stung the Red Devils often scoring 39 of their 76 points… Clinton was led by JD Payne who scored 27 points and Ahamari Bates who had 24… PJ Bluford had 5 points while Davis Wilson and Qua Quarles finished with 2 each… One piece of good news for the Red Devils is that Konnor Richardson played for the first time this season after suffering an arm injury in football… He finished with 8 points.
  • Boys: Lexington 64 – Clinton 39… On Saturday night the Red Devil boys’ team hosted the Lexington Wildcats in the Templeton Center at PC… Lexington’s Coach Bailey Harris has been coaching the Wildcats for 32 years and played college basketball at PC… The Wildcats came into the game undefeated with a 16-0 record and ranked in the top 10 of SCHSL Class-AAAAA… When the Wildcats boarded the bus to head home they were still undefeated as they took a 64-39 win over the Red Devils… The Red Devils played well only trailing by 6 at the end of the first quarter (14-8) and 7 (31-24) at the half… In the third quarter Clinton cut the Lexingto9n lead to 5 (37-32) with 2:46 left in the quarter but that is when the Red Devils went cold and did not score again until 5:22 mark of the fourth quarter… In that time the Wildcats scored 14 unanswered points to put the Red Devils in a hole they just could not climb out of… Ahamari Bates and JD Payne led the Red Devils in scoring with 15 and 14 points respectively… Sam Tiller finished the night with 4 points, Kimon Quarles & Konnor Richardson 2 each while Davis Wilson and Elijah Campbell each sank 1 free throw… The Red Devils are now 3-9 on the season and the Red Devil varsity teams will be in action tomorrow night as they host region foe Mid-Carolina.

 

LDHS: The Laurens Raiders got back into region play Friday night as they hosted the Wade Hampton Generals.

  • Girls: Wade Hampton 49 – Laurens 38… In girls’ action the Generals took a 49-38 win as the Laurens offense just could not get started for 3 quarters… Wade Hampton led 38-21 going into the fourth quarter and led by as many as 20 at one point in the second half… The Raiders’ defensive pressure caused the Generals to turn the ball over 21 times in the second half but it was not until the fourth quarter that the Raiders started getting points off of those turnovers and cut the lead to 5 at one point but just could not get over the hump… Qua Fortson was the only Raider in double-digits with 16 points…Raniya Jackson finished with 7 points, Lamoria Allen 5, Aija Davis 4, MK Moore 3, Paula Abrams 2 and Hanna Wiles 1… The Raiders fall to 5-9 overall on the season and 1-3 in region play.
  • Boys: Wade Hampton 53 – Laurens 51… The Raider boys’ team lost a heartbreaker Friday night as the Generals took a 53-51 win… The two teams fought almost to a draw throughout the game but the Raiders did enjoy a slight lead at the end of the first two quarters and led 39-36 going into the final quarter of play… The Generals fought back to tie the game 47 all with 3:26 left to play and the teams swapped leads a couple of times until the game stood tied at 50-50 with less than a minute to play… Down that final stretch the Generals were able to make 2 more free throws than the Raiders but the Raiders had a chance to tie the game with less than 2 seconds left to play but the officials said that Dra Copeland simply lost the ball as he went up for a shot and was not fouled…. Dee Foster led the Raiders with 14 points… Amaiji Hill finished with 9 points, Leonard Williams 7, Shamare Dendy 5, Dra Copeland 4, Jordan Woodruff 4 and Josh Ricks 2… The Raiders are now 7-8 overall on the season and 2-2 in region play… The Raider varsity teams will host the Woodmont Wildcats tomorrow night in games that can be heard here on Real Radio 860 and streaming on the internet at wwww.wlbg.com

 

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusaders traveled down to Winnsboro Friday night to take on the Richard Winn Eagles in region action.

  • Girls: LA 51 – RW 22… After suffering a couple of losses in the Lowe’s Classic over the holidays to much bigger SCHSL Class 5A schools, the Lady Crusaders got back on the winning track last Friday night as they took a 51-22 win over the Eagles… The score stood 22-11 going into the locker room at the half and the Crusades came back out in the third quarter and pretty much put the game away as they outscored the Eagles 21-4 in the third quarter… Ruthie Moore led all scorers with a game-high 19 points… Regan Williamson and Blair Quarles were also in double-digits with 10 points each… Jennifer Wu scored 8 points, Sarah Grace Natiello had 2 and both Emily Abercrombie and Florence Mitchell had a single point each… The Crusaders are now 11-3 overall and 1-0 in region play.
  • Boys: RW 48 – LA 33… The news is not as good where the varsity boys are concerned as the Eagles took a 48-33 win over the Crusaders… The game started out almost even as the score was 10-8 Eagles at the end of the first quarter… At the half the score stood 23-18 RW but the Eagles came out in the third quarter and outscored the Crusaders 17-4… The Crusaders did not fold as they outscored the Knights in the final 8 minutes of play 11-8 but it was too little too late… The Crusaders were led in scoring by Noah Moore who had a game-high 13 points… Dawson Foster & Charlton McCall each had 9 points and Diamante Grant rounded out the Crusaders scoring with 2 points… The Crusaders are now 8-6 overall and 2-1 in region play…. The Crusader teams will be back in action tomorrow as they travel to WW King to take on the Knights

 

Broadcast NotesRemember sporting events are streamed live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

  • 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:

  • Clinton 1977& 1978 State Championship Teams To Hold Reunion…. Players from the 1978 Clinton High School State Championship Football Team will celebrate their 40th anniversary of winning the 3A State Championship on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the House of Pizza in downtown Clinton SC at 2:00 pm… Also, Clinton High’s 1977 undefeated 3A State Championship Football Team is also invited to celebrate the only teams in Clinton High Football history and the first team in Laurens County Football history to win back to back State Championships… The 1977 team was also the #1 team in the State (all classification including 4A and what’s now called 5A)…If you are a former player from the 1977 and/or the 1978 team(s), please plan to attend and RSVP Dale Adams at 864 377-1536 or Keith Wooten at 864 980-7828 or Anthony Henderson at 864 684-8246 or JD Fuller at 803 466-3343… If you know members of these two teams, please pass this information on to them.
  • 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: Kjpatterson@laurens55.org

 

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