High School Sports

Dolphins bow out; Jaguars win big

The season came to an end Monday for the Battery Creek High School girls basketball team, as the Dolphins lost 56-38 at Crestwood in the first round of the Class 3-A playoffs.

Crestwood (21-5) broke it open with a 15-1 run to take a 21-6 lead after one quarter, and the Dolphins could never get back in it. They pulled within eight, 25-17, on a 3-pointer by Katrece Daniels, but they couldn't get any closer. By halftime, Crestwood had pushed its lead back to 33-21.

"We had some turnovers and ... that got us out of sync from what was the game plan," Battery Creek coach Bernadette Ulmer said.

Foul trouble sent Daniels and Justice Hill to the bench in the third quarter, and while Battery Creek's offense sputtered, the Knights stretched the lead to 49-27 heading to the fourth quarter.

"We had to go to the inexperienced people, the ones that have only been playing one to two years," Ulmer said. "After that, we just abandoned (the game plan) from there."

Daniels led Battery Creek with nine points, and Hill added eight points and seven rebounds.

The Dolphins finish the season 12-12. The Knights advance to face Lower Richland in the second round Thursday.

BATTERY CREEK (12-12) -- Katrece Daniels 9, Nyeeka Simmons 8, Justice Hill 8, Rashidah Jones 7, Deija Cannon 6.

CRESTWOOD (21-5) -- Kanaja Murray 13, Jessica Skinner 12, Daniqua Lewis 11, Kirkland 7, Williams 6, Boulware 5, C. Murray 2.

Ridgeland 72, Cross 18: Brittany Richardson tallied a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals, and three more Jaguars scored in double figures, leading top-seeded Ridgeland to a rout at home in the first round of the Class 1-A playoffs.

The Jaguars (20-5) got off to a bit of a sluggish start on the offensive end and led 15-4 after one quarter, but they pulled things together to score 30 points in the second quarter, taking a 45-10 lead to halftime and cruising to an easy win.

April Jenkins had 13 points and nine steals, Briana Walker added 11 points, eight rebounds and nine steals, and Tonisha Roberts scored 10 points for Ridgeland.

The Jaguars will host a second-round game Thursday against the winner of Monday's game between Latta and East Clarendon.

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