Winterboro tops TC Central, 48-36
by LAVONTE YOUNG
ALPINE- The eighth ranked Winterboro Lady Bulldogs took a step closer to earning their third straight area championship with a 48-36 victory over TC Central on Friday.

For TC Central the loss ends their chance of hosted the area tournament.

“It was a typically TC-Winterboro night,” TC head coach Robert Duncan said. “They brought it to us and we didn’t respond real well in the first half. We got ourselves in a whole and we had to overexert ourselves in the second half to try to get back. It is one of those games where you cant afford to get down on such a good group, because they get out of what you want to do. They break you down, so well. Coach Smith does a good job with that. Hats off to Winterboro. Like I told the girls, this is not the end of the world. The sun is going to come up tomorrow and we lived to fight another day.”

In the previous meeting, Winterboro’s Jasmine Richardson was held in check, but that wasn’t the case on Friday.

The junior hit a jumper from short corner jumper to give Winterboro a 4-2 lead.

Tiarrial Duncan got the Lady Fighting Tigers on the board with a layup to cut the lead down to 4-2 with 5:06 left in the quarter. Baskets by Tiffany Vincent and Richardson gave the Lady Bulldogs an 8-2 lead going into the second quarter.

TC Central finally got into a rhythm offensively in the second quarter. Duncan opened the period with a 3-pointer to make it 10-5.

Tenesha Merritt’s 3-point play off a missed free throw by Richardson gave the Lady Bulldogs a 13-5 advantage.

On the ensuing possession Wallace hit a 3-point to cut the lead to 13-8.

Richardson hit back to-back baskets to increase the lead to 17-8 with 3:30 left in the half. Anslea Twymon scored a layup at the end of the half to give Winterboro a 19-11 advantage going into intermission.

In the second half, Wallace scored five quick points to cut the lead down to 19-16 with 6:54 left in the third period.

The three-point deficit would be as close as the Lady Fighting Tigers would get the rest of the evening.

The Lady Bulldogs duo of Richardson and Tywmon outscored TC Central 12-6 the rest of the quarter.

Richardson proved to most effective on Friday in transition. Off a TC Central missed shot, Richardson pulled down the rebound and took the basketball coast-to-coast for a layup to give the Lady Bulldogs a 21-16 lead.

Richardson drove the ball coast-to-coast again for a layup to make it 23-16.

Tywmon scored four of her six first half points to end the quarter. Her layup with 1:02 left in the third quarter to make it 31-20. Winterboro took a 31-22 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter Ebony Barclay made several big plays for the Lady Bulldogs. The junior scored back-to-back layups to increase the Winterboro lead to 35-26. Barclay’s free throws with 1:31 remaining gave the Lady Bulldogs a 42-31 lead.

“We worked on post moves a lot and I just put it to use,” Barclay said. ”Coach wanted us to use the post more and it came through.”

After three quite quarters of action, Duncan scored 12 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough.

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