WINNSBORO — The Richard Winn Academy Lady Eagles hosted Newberry Academy in their final home game of the regular season, and decimated the Lady Eagles of Newberry, 65-11.
This was Richard Winn’s fifth straight home game, and it was the third time during that home-stand that the RWA Eagles won by at least 50 points.
“We’ve got the conference tournament coming up next weekend and then the playoffs. We’ve got to be getting better, and the last two games they have played a complete four quarter game,” Coach Jason Haltiwanger said.
Richard Winn opened the game up on such a large tear that it essentially put the game away by the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles ran the score up to 39-0, until Newberry Academy knocked down a pair of free throws, just 46 seconds before the end of the first half.
Newberry did not score their first field goal until a minute into the third quarter, and did not score another point until the fourth. They scored more points in the fourth quarter — seven — than they had previously scored in the first three periods combined.
Besides the big win, the night was special for a couple of other reasons. First, it was senior night and seniors Jaycie Johnson and Marion Walker Coleman were honored with plaques.
“First off, I’ll talk about Marion because she played three years in middle school, and then played her freshman year of varsity, then took two years off, and came back to us this year, so we’re thankful to have her back this year,” Haltiwanger said. “She’s very unselfish and she’s also a real vocal player.”
Haltiwanger said he has coached Johnson for seven years — beginning in sixth grade.
“I think we counted it up and she has four losses in her career. She’s a dominant type player that impacts every game she is in,” Haltiwanger said.
Secondly, the night’s contests were dedicated to Billy Ladd, the husband of faculty member Martha Ladd. Billy Ladd was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer. T-shirts were sold with the slogan Balling for Billy, and banners were posted around the gymnasium.
“They really didn’t get started until Wednesday, and in less than a week we have over $10,000 in donations for that family, so that’s a testament to the people here at this school,” Haltiwanger said.
Joe Pitt, boys head coach and athletic director, echoed Haltiwanger’s sentiments.
“It was amazing. The amount of money that was raised is a testament to Billy Ladd and the love of the RWA family,” he said.
The Eagles will not be back at home until the playoffs at the earliest. Their last regular season game will take place Feb. 5 in Batesburg-Leesville when they take on King Academy.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.