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New year brings good fortune to Red Devils

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By Travis Coleman

Contributing Writer

Apparently, the new year's resolution for both WMHS varsity basketball teams was to keep winning. The girls went 2-0 last week and the boys 3-0, with both teams beating Ft. White and Hilliard at home. Both wins were important district victories for the teams, as they are both now 7-1 in that category. The girls are in second behind the undefeated in district play Newberry Panthers, while the boys are in the same position behind the Hawthorne Hornets.

The first game of the week, Tuesday, Jan. 3, was a home contest against the Ft. White Indians. The boys used full court pressure to take a 24-5 first quarter lead and never looked back. The final score would end up being 69-48 in favor of the Red Devils. Senior forward Dylan Murray (#20) led the team in scoring with 17, and senior forward TJ Pitts (#40) had 15 points and a team leading 12 rebounds.

According to coach Larry Walker, guard play was a big reason for the Devil victory. “We had great guard play from Reggie Days( #2), Jeremiah James (#1), and Cameron Oliver (#12),” said Coach Walker. “They really did a good job putting pressure on the ball.”

The girls had similar success against an overmatched Ft. White team, winning by a score of 53-21. Sophomore point guard Niyah Jackson (#10) led the scoring column for the Devils with 22 points. Junior guard Destiny Haynes (#14) had nine points, and junior center Ashley Monroe (#13) also contributed six points in the win.

The second game of the week was a Friday, Jan. 6 home matchup against Hilliard High School. Using a full court, up and down, style of play, the boys got a big 72-57 win. Murray was huge for the Devils, hitting a number of threes, while mixing in an assortment of inside baskets, including a fast break throw down. He ended up with 24 points and 11 rebounds, both team highs. Freshman point guard Jeremiah James added 14 points, four assists and six steals to help the Devils get the easy win.

Hilliard’s girls team couldn’t handle the Devils either, as the Ladies won by a score of 58-30. A number of fast break points contributed to Jackson’s team leading 28 points. Senior forward Destinee Brown (#23) scored 17, and sophomore Kyla McLeod (#33) scored six while making a few hustle plays to help the team along.

“We are really starting to come together as a unit,” said coach Calvin Edwards. “It’s fun to watch the girls play for each other.”

The boys varsity team finished the week with a great win in the Dante Shootout on Saturday, January 7th. They played the Lyman Greyhounds and beat them by a score of 68-57. Murray led the way again with 29 points and eight rebounds. James contributed 11 points and five steals in the victory as well.

“We put together our third consecutive great defensive game,” said coach Walker. “Cameron Oliver did a great job on their point guard, and it allowed us to disrupt them offensively.”

Both varsity teams will play three games this week (one before the time of this publishing). The slate includes a home game against Baldwin(1/10), an away game against Hawthorne (1/12), and a home game against Newberry(1/13).

An away game against Hawthorne will give the boys team a chance to tie the district leading Hornets for first place, and fans are encouraged to make the trip to Hawthorne for the game to support the teams. The Friday game against Newberry is fan appreciation night, and the Williston Hoops Club will be handing out T-Shirts to the first 300 fans in attendance.

Good luck to both teams as they try to take control of the district! #RedDevilStrong.