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Lady Lions upset ninth-ranked Razors

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — Up 48-46 with 20 seconds to go, the Daniel High School girls’ basketball team’s hopes of upsetting the ninth-ranked Walhalla Razorbacks on Jan. 24 rested on senior guard Destiny Hoover.

At the line for a one-and-one opportunity, the Hollins University commit had confidence in her shots due to the faith of her teammates

“They were encouraging me and counting on me,” Hoover said. “I just knew I had to get them in there.”

Hoover did just that, sinking both free throws before getting a steal on the inbound and hitting two more

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Daniel destroys 10th-ranked Walhalla

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — According to Daniel High School boys’ basketball head coach Ben Touchberry, the ninth-ranked Lions upped their practice intensity following a loss to Pendleton on Jan. 17, leading to instant results in a 40-point win over Crescent a few days later. However, the real test for Daniel was on Jan. 24 against the 10th-ranked Walhalla Razorbacks.

The Lions (15-7, 4-2 Western 3A) passed that test with flying colors with a 74-37 decimation of the Razorbacks at home to move back to the top of the region standings alongside Walhalla and West-Oak.

“The guys are starting to get a little hungry and they’re staying locked in defensively,” Touchberry said.

The Lions’ defensive pressure was readily seen in the result, as they held Walhalla (11-7, 4-2) to their third-lowest scoring output of the season.

“They played great defense, and we really didn’t handle that well,” Walhalla coach Bobby Norizsan said. “They shot well, they defended and they rebounded well — and those are three pretty big things to win in basketball.”

The Daniel defense helped set up things for a big offensive night, with four players scoring in double figures for the Lions. Still, the Lions’ biggest contributor on the court — according to Touchberry — was guard Jaylen Brown-Wallace.

The senior set the table for the Lions offensively with seven assists while flashing highlight plays like a steal and dunk in the fourth quarter.

“Jaylen Brown-Wallace is emerging not just as a leader, but as a vocal leader,” Touchberry said. “He leads in all facets of the game, whether he’s getting in passing lanes, rebounding or distributing. He’s just a very unselfish kid.”

Brown-Wallace’s leadership was on display from the start, as he hit a three-pointer, drew a charge and assisted Ian Williams’ basket to help the Lions jump out to a 21-9 lead in the first quarter.

In the second, Daniel guard Simms Disbrow added 10 points, allowing the Lions to boost their lead to 39-14 at the break. The hits kept coming for Walhalla in the third as Daniel’s Brady Jones matched the Razorbacks’ scoring output for the entire quarter behind a trio of three-pointers.

The Razorbacks finally managed to show some life offensively in the final quarter, but with the Lions making 11 threes on the night, it wasn’t close to enough as Daniel pulled out the win.

While heeding Touchberry’s advice about taking things one game at a time, Brown-Wallace says the Lions know the importance of every game down the stretch.

“We’re in the final half of region,” Brown-Wallace said. “Everything is going toward our goal of winning region.”

The Lions stayed hot with a 35-34 win over West-Oak on Friday night.

 

Daniel 74, Walhalla 37

WHS 9 5 9 14 — 37

DWD 21 18 14 21 — 74

 

Daniel (74) — Disbrow 13, Lipsey 13, Jones 12, Anderson 11, Williams 9, Brown-Wallace 6, Smith 5, Carrington 3, Young 2.

Walhalla (39) — Porter 13, Richardson 6, Beesley 5, Williams 4, Hunnicutt 3, Lusk 3, Shepard 3.

Liberty boys fall to Greer Middle

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — Playing with just seven players on the roster Friday against the second team in the Region I-2A standings in Greer Middle College, it would have been easy for the Liberty boys’ basketball team to fall apart like it did against Chesnee earlier in the month.

Instead, the Red Devils battled the Blazers for four quarters before ultimately falling 61-50.

“The guys played their tails off,” Liberty head coach Jonathan Dilworth said. “The way they played tonight was good enough to win the game, and they have a lot to be proud of in that aspect, and I’m extremely proud of their effort.”

The Red Devils looked like they might be in for a long night early on as they struggled offensively and

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Red Devil girls fall in crucial region matchup against Blazers

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — Taking on Greer Middle College in a crucial region matchup on Friday night, the Liberty girls’ basketball team just needed to take care of business against a squad it had previously beaten to move into sole possession of the region’s third seed heading down the stretch in the regular season.

Instead, the Red Devils put together a disjointed effort that saw them produce 24 turnovers and 14 missed free throws in a 47-30 loss.

“That was a game where we did three things that have hurt us all year,” Liberty head coach Gregg Thomas

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Tussle at the Top

Blue Flame girls take region lead with first win over Easley since ‘19

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Trailing 26-22 at the half, the fifth-ranked Pickens Blue Flame girls’ basketball team was in dire need of a spark with first place in the region at stake on Friday against rival Easley.

“We knew we were down and we had to find a way to fight,” Pickens guard Ava Owens said.

And in the second half, nobody fought harder than Owens, as the freshman scored 16 points over the final two quarters to will the Blue Flame ahead and help them pull out their first win over Easley since 2019 by a 54-47 final score.

On the night, Owens finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and three assists as she steadied the Blue Flame offense from

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Liberty survives Chesnee

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — After leading for almost 18 minutes of game time, the Liberty High School girls’ basketball team was on the verge of collapse in the fourth quarter of last week’s game against the Chesnee Eagles.

The Red Devils led by as many as six points early in the quarter before the Eagles stormed back, and after trading baskets, Chesnee led 27-26 with just less than four minutes left.

With a crucial region win in the balance, the Red Devils went down the court passing the ball around

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Green Wave top Pickens for first region win

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — For struggling boys’ basketball county rivals Easley and Pickens, Friday night’s contest was an opportunity for both sides to pick up a first region win and get back into the playoff hunt.

With such crucial stakes, both teams struggled on the offensive end, but some sharpshooting on the Easley side made the difference in a 40-30 Green Wave win.

“It’s therapeutic,” interim Easley head coach Brian Smith said of the win. Smith, who has served as an assistant under Easley coach Michael Jones, led the team while Jones was out for undisclosed reasons. “We’ve had a lot of noise around us and we lost some focus in our first couple of games, but we got it back in this one. We grew up tonight.”

The Green Wave were forced to grow up quick as Pickens started strong, with Coley Gillian, C.J. Martin

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Undermanned Red Devils blown out by Eagles at home

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — 2023 has been a year to forget for the Liberty High School boys’ basketball team, but the Red Devils still had to like their chances last week against a Chesnee team that also struggled to start off region play.

However, playing with only six players for much of night, Liberty just couldn’t keep up with the Eagles from the start in a 73-45 loss.

“We knew tonight was big one for playoff implications,” Liberty head coach Jonathan Dilworth said. “They just got out to a great start in the first half and they shot the ball really well, while we just got off to a slow start offensively. Still, I thought the boys battled in the second half and really played hard.”

Without starting guards Dre Paul and Weston Cobb for the Jan. 17 game, the Red Devils managed to score

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Blue Flame girls drop two-time defending champion Westside

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Holding a five-point lead with a little more than a minute left, Pickens freshman guard Ava Owens knew her team needed just one more push last week to defeat two-time defending state champion Westside.

“We work so hard in practice, and I knew all that hard work couldn’t just get thrown away,” Owens said after the Jan. 10 game. “I knew I couldn’t give up on my

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