SUMTER —For the second straight year the Lady Eagles of Richard Winn Academy soared into the SCISCA AA State Championship Game. Thursday night, they defeated the Braves of Bible Baptist 56-47 to advance to the girl’s basketball championship.
In the SCISA AA semi-final, guard Carson Justice led the team in scoring with 24 points. In a solid all around game, she added five steals, six deflections and three blocks.
Jessie Stidham added a double double with ten points and ten rebounds for the Eagles.
Eighth grader Alyssa Atkerson led the team in assists with three and also chipped in nine points. The Eagles had 15 steals on the night, proving that team defense and hustle lead to championship opportunities.
The Braves led early and took a 22-16 lead to the locker room at halftime. Richard Winn made adjustments and came out ready for the second half. In the third quarter the Eagles outscored the Braves 22-11 to take the lead and then put the game away in the fourth quarter. With the win, the Lady Eagles improved to 28-1 on the season.
They play at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Sumter Civic Center for the AA SCISA State Championship versus Marlboro Academy. Coach Halitwanger and the team thank all the supporters who have made the trek to Sumter for these playoff games. They hope to cut down the nets on Saturday and bring the championship back to Richard Winn for the first time since the 1988-89 season.