Richard Winn girls win state title

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

March 1, 2014

SUMTER —The Richard Winn girls’ basketball team won their second consecutive state title Saturday with a 37-33 overtime win over the Lady Generals of Thomas Sumter Academy.

Thomas Sumter’s Taylor Knudson buried a three-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation to push the game into overtime.

However, the Lady Eagles outscored Thomas Sumter 5-1 the extra period.

Richard Winn scored the first five points of the game, but Sumter countered with a 6-2 run to pull to within 7-6 after the first eight minutes of play.

The Lady Eagles missed their fist seven shots of the second quarter, which opened the door for Sumter to take their first lead of the game.

Sumter opened the second quarter on a 5-2 run and took an 11-9 lead with four minutes remaining in the first half.

Richard Winn was on the losing end of a 10-3 foul count in the first half.

Sumter hit seven of their 14 free throws in the first half.

Richard Winn’s first free throw attempt came with 4.7 seconds remaining in the first half. Carson Justice knocked down both of her shots from the charity stripe and the Lady Eagles led 16-14 at halftime.

For a full-game story see the March 4 edition of The Herald Indpendent.