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Eagles sweep Whitmire, split pair with Thomas Sumter

Anna Grey Walters Special to The Herald Independent

December 8, 2013

Anna Grey Walters


Special to The Herald Independent


WINNSBORO — Richard Winn Academy continued its recent road games as the Eagles travelled to Whitmire High School on Monday. The RWA girls had a fairly easy time with the Lady Wolverines, winning 66-10.


Leading scorers were Carson Justice with 20, Jessie Stidham with 16 and Jaycie Johnson with 11 points.


The varsity boys looked to get back on top of their road game. Whitmire put up a big fight in the first half and the teams entered the locker room tied at 24 at the half.


The visiting Eagles came back out focused and ready to go in the second half. RWA’s Cameron Cooper caught fire and lead the team with 25 points, followed by Patrick Pope with 19. Joseph “JoGo” Goldin had 9 for the night. The varsity boys were excited to get another win on the road, 58-41.


With that win, Coach Joe Pitt anticipates he might have a playoff team on his hands this year.


Tuesday, the Eagles returned to the Nest, hosting Thomas Sumter Academy. When asked how they should fair against the Generals, varsity girls’ head coach Jason Haltiwanger said that his girls would have to work for the win.


A well-coached and defensive team will “make us earn every point,” he said.


The Lady Eagles had no problem, holding the Lady Generals to only one field goal from the floor in the first half. At the half, RWA led 21-5.


Their concentration continued into the second half of the 53-12 victory.


Johnson led RWA with 14 points and Stidham stood out with 12. Justice rounded out the top three scorers with 10 points. When asked about their upcoming game against Calhoun on Friday, Coach Haltiwanger was looking forward to another home game.


“If the intensity of tonight carries over, we should win,” he said.


Tuesday night was a different story for the varsity boys, however. The game against the Generals was intense and action-packed. At the half, RWA led 24-21.


The second half was full of action and physical, as well, with two RWA players fouling out. At the final buzzer, the game was tied at 45. The Generals, though, got the best of the Eagles in overtime, winning 57-51. Cooper led RWA with 17 points. Pope had 13 and John Coleman had 8.


Both Richard Winn varsity teams play Calhoun Academy on Dec. 6, starting at 6 p.m.


“This is a great opportunity to get a good win,” said Pitt.