February 5, 2014
SPARTANBURG — Last Thursday, the Richard Winn Academy basketball teams visited the Warriors of Spartanburg Christian Academy. It was a split for the Eagle varsity teams.
The Lady Eagles soared triumphant, 52-21. Although SCA had a strong free-throw game, hitting five out of eight, the Lady Warriors ultimately lost the battle. Jessie Stidham led the team in the first quarter with eight of the 10 first quarter points, and Alyssa Atkerson scored eight of the team’s 18 points in the final quarter.
At the game’s end, Stidham tallied the most points, contributing 18 total. Atkerson had 16, Carson Justice and Jaycie Johnson each had eight, and Emily Brigman added two.
The RWA boys fell short of a win by just five points. SCA’s three point game was a thorn in the Eagles’ side. The attempted rally in the fourth quarter was not enough for the Eagles, outscoring the Warriors 18-12.
However, SCA narrowly escaped the upset and took the home victory, 60-55. Cameron Cooper led in scoring with 21 total points for RWA. Patrick Pope followed with 17 points, and Mason Gibbons contributed eight.
Richard Winn Academy will finish up regular season play this week. The Eagles face Oakbrook Prep Tuesday (Feb. 4) and host the Hawks of Greenwood Christian School on Friday (Feb. 7). Friday’s final home game will be Senior Night for the four boys, Jason Branham, Mason Gibbons, Joseph Goldin, and Patrick Pope and Lady Eagle seniors Anna Cooke and Carson Justice.
Senior recognition will take place between the varsity games around 7:30 p.m.
As RWA heads into tournament play, the Lady Eagles are focused on making sure they are always playing at top levels. Lady Eagles head coach Jason Haltiwanger wants his girls focused to play to their best ability, not based on the other team’s ability.
“We’re trying to make every game the same, playing with high intensity every play,” he said.
The Lady Eagles have locked up the number one spot in the region. They are waiting to find out who will be their first round region tournament opponent, the fourth seed team – either Greenwood Christian or Oakbrook.