WINNSBORO — The Lady Eagles of Richard Winn Academy hosted Greenwood’s Cambridge Academy in their first game of the new year, and while the year is new the winning ways have not changed.
Richard Winn came out firing on all cylinders and did not look back en route to their 12th victory of the season. They started off on an 8-0 run, until a providence three snapped the streak.
Jaycee Johnson, who’s averaging 23 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, gave Cambridge fits on her way to a 28-point night.
At one point Cambridge coach Ryan Sacoco could be heard shouting to his players “don’t throw it over her, she’s six feet tall.”
Head Coach Jason Haltiwanger agreed that Johnson was a threat.
“It’s not only just her length, it’s her moves at that length,” he said. “Most girls at that length seem to be slower but she can move well at that length. Offensively, if we get it inside to her she has great touch so it’s hard for anyone to get a hand up.”
Johnson’s stellar performance led Richard Winn to a dominant 35-6 first half lead. Cambridge came out and played a much more competitive second half, but it was too late and the Eagles walked away with the 61-32 victory.
They also picked up their first road victory of the new year when they took on Anderson Christian, thumping them 72-37.
Johnson, again, played a huge role with a mammoth 31-point game. Alyssa Atkerson also had a good game, contributing 22 points of her own.
“We’ve got a month before we start talking about the playoffs. We’ve only had two region games so far, so we’ll focus on Laurens because they’re a good opponent with three good guards, and when you have good guard play, it’s tough to press them,” Haltiwanger said.
The Lady Eagles will have two road games, the first at Laurens Academy and then at Newberry Academy, before returning home Jan. 19 to take on King Academy.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.