Knights rally for win; Lady Knights fall

CLINTON — West Bladen snapped a two-game skid in Four County Conference play on Friday with a 70-65 win over Clinton on the road, but it took a fourth-0quarter rally to earn the “W.”

The victory improved the Knights to 11-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

West Bladen put four players — Stefan McDonald, Sayaun Dent, Shaquille Johnson and Josh Brown — into double figures.

The Dark Horses leapt out of the gate and built a 26-14 advantage after the first 8 minutes of play, seemingly putting West Bladen back on its heels. But there was no quit in the Knights.

West Bladen stiffened its defense and managed to outscore the Dark Horses by a 14-9 margin through the second quarter and went into halftime trailing by just 35-28.

Clinton and West Bladen battled to a nearly even third quarter, with the Knights gaining a slight advantage in the period, 19-18, but the home team took a 53-47 edge into the fourth frame.

That deficit grew to 58-47 just 70 seconds into the final quarter, but West Bladen put together a 23-7 run to finish the game and seal the win.

Johnson led the Knights with 17 points and seven boards, while McDonald and Dent each scored 14 points and Bowen canned 10. McDonald and Dent each had a three-pointer in the game.


Streak snapped


The Lady Knights saw their three-game Four County Conference win streak snapped on Friday when Clinton took a 63-32 win.

The loss drops West Bladen to 5-8 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

The lady Dark Horses raced out to a 19-11 lead after the first quarter, then used a stiff defense to outscore West Bladen by an 18-3 margin in the second quarter to take a 37-14 advantage into halftime.

Clinton’s momentum continued in the second half as the Lady Dark Horses outscored the Lady Knights 14-7 in the third quarter and opened a 51-21 lead going into the fourth frame.

The two teams each poured in 12 points down the stretch, and Clinton easily sealed the win.

Laikyn Pait led West Bladen with eight points and a three-pointer along with seven rebounds, while Erika McKoy also scored eight points for the Lady Knights.