High School Sports

Battery Creek girls take apart Wade Hampton in playoff opener, 52-24

Battery Creek High School
Battery Creek High School

The Battery Creek girls basketball team's plan for Project Third Round begins with staying hungry.

The Dolphins lost in the second round a year ago to Silver Bluff with a team of a similar makeup. With the same blueprint and maybe a little more tenacity, Battery Creek hopes for a different result on Saturday.

Battery Creek opened the Class 2-A playoffs Thursday by blitzing Wade Hampton in transition to win 52-24.

The Dolphins finished with 25 steals, including nine from senior guard Daisja Cannon.

Cannon, playing up top with Taniqua Mungin in the Dolphins' 2-3 zone, scored her team's first 10 points. She helped hold Wade Hampton to only nine points during the first half.

But for Cannon, who scored a game-high 25 points and rested the first half of the fourth quarter, success will come with a second-round victory.

The Dolphins travel to Calhoun County on Saturday.

Battery Creek (18-6), the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AA, watched video of Wade Hampton playing Whale Branch, a big Warriors' victory. Mungin said the team tried not to let the showing on film affect their mindset -- to stay hungry, especially on the defensive end.

"We knew we couldn't underestimate them," Mungin said. "We came out playing Creek ball."

Pressure the guards and get the ball back to the other end quickly has been the staple. Wade Hampton had a pair of sizable post players, Temple Comier and Jessica Satterwhite. But the Red Devils struggled with their entry passes in the face of the Battery Creek zone.

Battery Creek countered with Ericka Alston underneath, and neither Wade Hampton post player managed much of a threat. Wade Hampton fed the post more to start the second half, with little success.

The Dolphins closed the first half on an 8-0 run and held Wade Hampton scoreless for a 6:05 stretch to end the second quarter and start the third.

Red Devils guard PennShelia Griffin tried to shoot Wade Hampton back in it, but the Dolphins' quick hands won out more often.

"That No. 12 (Cannon), we just couldn't stop her," Wade Hampton coach Romon Gray said. "We wanted to slow it down. We just didn't have anything for that."

Battery Creek girls 52, Wade Hampton 24

Wade Hampton (10-14) - PennShelia Griffin 11, Temple Comier 5, Jessica Satterwhite 4, Andrienne Gantt 2, Kacie Godley 2

Battery Creek (18-6) - Daisja Cannon 25, Taniqua Mungin 13, Brianna Tolbert 6, Elizabeth Ford 4, Ericka Alston 2, Deja Moultrie 1, Maty Dearsman 1