BY JAY HENDRIX
The Batesburg-Leesville varsity girls’ basketball team im- proved to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in Region 2-AA play last week with wins over Fox Creek and Crescent and a road loss at Ridge Spring-Monetta. This week the Panthers host Ninety Six on Tuesday and travel to Abbeville Friday with both games being very important in the early slate of region games.
B-L jumped all over the Predators of Fox Creek in the first quarter to lead 16-0 as Lay Gates scored eight first quarter points and Sabrona Gantt added six. In the second the Predators put some points on the board but B-L extended their lead to 28-9 at the half. In the third quarter the Panthers again blanked them to increase their lead to 40-9 as they rolled to the 44-13 win. Gates led all scorers with 18 points. B-L scorers: Gates 18, Gantt 10, Biance Bush 4, Ji’Issha Long 2, Dazuna Lott 2, Sakia Jay 2, Shaliyah Holloway 2, Aniyah Culbreath 2, Nylashia Hair 2.
At Ridge Spring-Monetta the Panthers looked to avenge an
early season loss to the Trojans and while they were closer they couldn’t pull it out. The Trojans led 11-4 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 31-14 at the half. In the third B-L cut into the lead to make it 33-21 but the Trojans would go on to win 47-36. Lott led B-L with 10 points while Raven Valentine led the Trojans with 22 points, including 12 in the second quarter. B-L scorers: Lott 10, Gates 8, Gantt 6, Holloway 4, Long 4, Hair 2, Shandora Cheeseboro 2.
Friday night the Panthers opened up conference play against a new opponent led by a familiar face. Former B-L coach Ashley Enwright who coached many of the Panthers while at the middle school brought her Tigers to B-L. In the first quarter neither team could get on track as B-L led 8-5. At the half the game was tied 17-17 but in the third quarter Gates took control on offense for the Panthers as she scored 16 of the Panthers 19 points as B-L took a 36-25 lead. In the fourth quarter Gates continued to roll as she scored eight points as B-L won 47-38. Gates led all scorers with 31 points while A. Parnell led Crescent with 23. B-L scorers: Gates 31, Long 7, Gantt 4, Bush 2, Jay 2, Hair 1.