South Pointe squeaks by Westwood girls

ROCK HILL – Friday night on Senior Night, the Westwood Lady Redhawks blew the doors off of the Lancaster Bruins. Unique Drake had 36 points, five assists and six rebounds, which was good enough to lock up an easy 78-47 win. They looked to continue their season of dominance on Tuesday night against South Pointe.

Keionna Ray (1) fights through inhospitable territory for her opportunity at the hoop. | Leroy Howard

Westwood barely got past South Pointe when the two teams last played in January, but this time the Redhawks were not as fortunate. The Stallions pulled out a great second half and tripped up the Redhawks with a 69-60 upset.

Both teams battled closely in the opening quarters, but the Westwood took a tight 25-24 lead into the halftime. South Pointe came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter and seized an eight-point lead heading into the final period.

The fourth quarter was an offensive shootout, and, despite putting up 22 points, Westwood’s comeback attempt was shutdown. The Stallions bullied the Redhawk defense to the tune of 24 points in the fourth.

Mya Belton had 23 points and five rebounds. Nyah Leveretter had 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Leveretter is average 3.2 blocks a game, good enough for the 19 spot in 4A rebounding. Drake finished with 13 points, and she is currently number 16 in 4A scoring.

The Lady Redhawks have now lost two of their last four games. They began the season by winning 17 of their first 18 games.

The Redhawks have a chance to get the momentum back on their side before the playoffs begin with a Friday road game against Ridge View.

SPHS– 14-10-21-24 – 69

WHS– 16-9-13-22 – 60

WHS: Mya Belton – 23, Nyah Leveretter – 16, Unique Drake – 13, Malayziah Etheredge – 8.

SPHS: Trinity Adams – 20, Jamia Burke – 19, Scarlett Gilmore – 12, Jonna Roberson – 7, Sydney Chisholm – 6, Jaliyah Gaiton – 5.