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Richard Winn Eagles soar past Spartanburg Day

By Kevin Boozer kboozer@civitasmedia.com

January 28, 2014

WINNSBORO — Richard Winn Academy continued its winning ways Friday night posting a 57-37 victory over the visiting Spartanburg Day Griffins.


The Eagles had a full compliment of players available for the game after several sat out the previous game for a violation of team rules.


A starting line up of Carson Justice, Anna Cooke, Jaycie Johnson and Bailey Taylor got RWA off to a fast start and the Eagles built up a 35-9 lead at halftime.


Coach Jason Haltiwanger brought in Alyssa Atkerson off the bench to provide a spark by moving Justice from point guard to the two spot. Justice led RWA with 19 points. Jayice Johnson made it to double digits with 16. Other scorers were Atkerson with 9, Johnson with 7, Taylor with four and Cooke with two.


Haltiwanger said after the game that he was pleased with the team’s performance and that the morale and team spirit were good.


“I thought we played well, especially in the first half,” he said. “We need to just work hard to finish out games down the stretch. Just because we called off our pressure, that is no excuse for girls not to play sound half court defense.”


The final score made the game seem closer than it was through three quarters thanks to a late run by Spartanburg Day. Spartanburg Day’s leading scorer poured in 14 of her 16 points in the final quarter to close to gap to 57-37.


At press time, Haltiwanger was unsure if the Tuesday night RWA game would be played due to forecasts of snow for this area.