TABOR CITY — Despite another double-double by Courtney Thompson, the Lady Knights’ slippery fingers helped lead to a 47-31 non-conference loss against former Waccamaw Conference foe South Columbus on Tuesday.
The loss drops West Bladen to 3-2. The Lady Knights had defeated South Columbus 37-32 back on Dec. 5.
The Lady Knights could manage just four points in the first quarter and found themselves trailing by an 8-4 margin when the second stanza began.
Little changed over the next 8 minutes, except that the Lady Stallions took advantage of West Bladen’s inability to hang on to the ball and extended the lead to 22-11 by halftime. The Lady Knights turned the ball over 13 times in that first half.
“We had a lot of trouble holding onto the ball in that half,” said West Bladen coach Pam Stephens. “Thirteen turnovers is too many against a good team, and they capitalized on it.”
After intermission, West Bladen put another slow start behind them and began to generate some offense — with Thompson canning eight points in the period — but South Columbus stayed right with the visitors. Despite losing the quarter by a 13-12 margin, the Lady Stallions and won the quarter 13-12 to open a 34-24 lead.
Through the final 8 minutes, the Lady Knights’ offense was held in check and could only manage seven points, while South Columbus sealed the game with 13 fourth-quarter points.
“These slow starts are giving me grey hair,” Stephens said. “We just can’t get into double figures early in the game, especially the first quarter. And I can only call so many timeouts.”
Thompson led West Bladen with 16 points and 15 rebounds.