Home hoops opener a blowout for RWA

Kevin Boozer Staff Writer

November 22, 2013

WINNSBORO — The Richard Winn Lady Eagles began this season where they left off in the final game a year ago, with a win.

RWA opened the game with a 14-3 run and never looked back on their way to a 76-10 victory.

Carson Justice led the team with 18 points. Alyssa Atkerson and Calee Thigpen added 10 each. Emily Brigman chipped in nine points. Bailey Taylor and Jaycie Johnson added eight points a piece . Jessie Stidham had four points, Cassidy Branham had two and Kimmy had seven points for the Eagles.

Coach Jason Haltiwanger said he was pleased with the way his team shot the ball.

“Other than our shooting, it was hard to evaluate other areas because this game was so one-sided,” he said. “The girls played hard but we ran the clock a lot in the second half. We’ll find out tonight what we are really made of with Hammond coming in here. They are very good. If we don’t get back on defense and stop their penetration it could be a long night.Their speed and height are equal or better to ours and they have three guards that can penetrate. Will see what we are really made of.”

Haltiwanger said this is one of several games the Eagles could play against top flight competition. Hammond is in the top three in AAA. If the match-up takes place with Fairfield Central High School in tournament play this year as he hopes, RWA faces the number one team in AA and later they tip off against Union County High, a team in the top 10 in AAA.

RWA played Hammond Academy Thursday but results were unavailable at press time.