WKA Junior # 10 Elizabeth Parrish leads the Lady Knights with 25 Points.
Lady Knights Open Season With Victory
By: Gerald Doolittle
Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. - Last week the W.W. King Academy basketball teams traveled to Greenwood to open their 2013-14 seasons against the Greenwood Christian School Hawks. The host school would open their seasons winning three of the four games played.
The W.W. King varsity girls of Coach Dennis Gibson opened their season with a 42-29 win over the Lady Hawks. Elizabeth Parrish would lead the Lady Knights with 25 points. She also had four assists and seven steals in the game. Parrish shot 10 for 25 from the field with two of those from three point range. She got off to a good start from the free throw line making three of four.
Carson Buzhardt got the season off on a good footing with 9 points and 15 rebounds. Megan Corley, Emily Rose Davis, Kaitlin Forrest, and Nicki Boone had 2 points each.
The Lady Knights got off to a 15-5 lead after the first quarter and never were in trouble. Coach Gibson was able to give all twelve of his squad playing time. The Lady Knights won the rebounding war 40-22. If the team keeps up that rebounding power and shows improvement at the free throw line, they should go far this season.
Coach Daniel Bartley saw his boys team play a very respectful game considering they have not had much practice time due to the football team going all the way to a state championship year. They played the Hawks a very close game in the first, second and fourth quarters. However, the Hawks used a 23-13 run in the third quarter to pull out the 61-46 victory.
Despite being on the short end of the scoreboard the Knights had three players to record double doubles in the game. If these three can build on this game for improvement, the Knights will be a much better team than last year when Alex Berry returns from a football injury.
Corbie Long led the team with his 15 points and 15 rebounds in the game. Two of his four field goals were from the three point range and he made 5 of 10 shots from the line.
Davidson Cothran got his double double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. He shot 5 for 15 from the field with three from behind the three point line.
Dupre McDaniel played an aggressive game down under pulling down 11 rebounds and scoring 11 points. He scored 6 of his points in the fourth quarter when the Knights scored 19 points.
Wyatt McDonald finished out the Knight scoring with 6 points and 3 rebounds. He also had 3 assists and 1 steal in the game. Tyler Wanner played a good game and hopes to score some points in the future.
Coach Mary Parrish took her inexperienced middle school girls team to Greenwood and that inexperience really showed in the first half as the Lady Hawks led 9-0 at halftime in their 19-6 win.
The young ladies only made 3 of 25 shots in the game. Brianna Gibson finally found the scoring touch in the third quarter making one of her two buckets in the game. Brianna did a good job on the boards and will do better as she learns how to dribble off rebounds and not get tied up.
Jade Temples scored the other 2 points in the game for the Knights and had 6 rebounds. Temples and Gibson combined for 17 of the 22 team rebounds. The Lady Knights actually out rebounded the Lady Hawks 22-13.
Coach Carl Gibson carried his team of mostly fifth graders to Greenwood and almost pulled out a victory in the middle school boys game. The Young Knights at one point led the game 10-4 before the Hawks rallied in the fourth quarter to win 16-15.
Seventh grader Jackson Parrish was the workhorse for the Knights scoring 13 points and getting 13 rebounds and 3 steals.
Tristan Rinehart, a fifth grader, got the other 2 points for the Knights. Sam Mitchell, Drew Proctor, Quinten Miller, Reid Watson, and Vince Holsenback complete the roster for Coach Gibson.
The week W.W. King will be home on Tuesday to face the Newberry Academy Eagles and on Wednesday Greenwood Christian will visit for return games.
All Knight fans are urged to come out and support these young ladies and men as they represent W.W. King in the game of basketball.
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