Hartsville sweeps Darlington in girls/boys doubleheader

The Hartsville Lady Red Foxes Basketball Senior players (from left to right): Erianna Scott, Ky’Asya Staffod, JaLeya Liles and Nyla Segars. PHOTOS BY PHYLLIS CAPLES.

The Darlington Lady Falcons Senior Basketball players (left to right): Tianna Willoughby, Aryanna McPhail, Camile Patterson, Jamera Madison, Tamira Benton, Aniya Bulloch.

The Darlington Falcon Senior players (left to right): Chuck Keith, Emmanuel Pendergras, Nicholas Jordan and Steve Williams.

The Hartsville Falcons Senior Players (left to right): Taylan Jackson, Isaiah Rogers, Kameron Foman, Deandre Huggins, Xavion Robinson.

Darlington’s Kaliyah Grant gets the ball from Hartsville’s Erianna Scott in last week’s game in Darlington.

By:  Don Gearhart

The Red Foxes from Hartsville flew into the Falcons Nest at Darlington for a Girls/Boys Varsity doubleheader and had a joyous short bus ride back home when the night was over.

Girls Game:

Hartsville built up a 14-11 lead after one quarter thanks to an eight point effort by Jazzy Frierson.  They increased the lead to 27-20 at the half due to a balanced scoring attack.  Darlington stayed in the game with Tamira Benton’s six points, most coming from loose ball opportunities.

The third quarter did not start out promising for the Lady Falcons as Frierson opened up from long range, hitting for three bombs and a conventional two-point basket for eleven points.  Benton countered with five points, but the Lady Red Foxes had emerged with a 44-28 lead at the end of the period.

There was no quit in the Darlington team, though, and as they rallied to with six points at the 4:20 mark and to within three a minute later.  An Ari McPhail 3-poiter tied the game at 47-47 with 2:16 to play.  Again it was McPhail with another 3-pointer to tie at 53-53 with 0:30 to play.  Frierson’s two free throws iced the game for Hartsville.  Darlington had outscored Hartsville 25-11 in the stanza but ultimately suffered the 55-53 loss.

Frierson ended the game with 28 points while Tatiana Fisher hit for ten and Erianna Scott tallied nine for Hartsville.  McPhail netted 16 points for Darlington and was supported by Benton and Jamera Maddison with eleven apiece.

Boys Game:

The boys game started out as a low-scoring affair with Hartsville content to work the ball for an open sot while Darlington tried to race down the floor and fire up long-range shots.  The Red Foxes were on the plus side of those strategies and carried an 11-9 advantage after one period.

Hartsville’s game plan continued in the second quarter as they methodically built their lead to 24-16 at the half.

The third period was pretty much a mirror image of the second period with neither team changing the scoring deficit and Hartsville still led by eight points to begin the final quarter.

Darlington fell behind by 15 points at the halfway mark of the final period at 41-26 but rallied to close the final score at 42-35 in what has to be one of the lowest scoring game in recent history for these storied rivals.

Jermaal Brand scored 15 points for the Red Foxes while Kameron Foman added nine points.  Chuck Keith and Jayden Wingate each tallied nine points for Darlinton.

Author: Stephan Drew

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