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Clutch free throws lead Crestwood over Sumter 50-49

By J. Scott Sewell
Posted 12/7/19

Crestwood High School’s Shania Davis stepped to the line with her team clinging to a slim 2-point lead with just five seconds remaining, and hit two clutch free throws to give the Lady Knights a 50-49 victory over rival Sumter High School on Friday night in The Castle.

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Clutch free throws lead Crestwood over Sumter 50-49

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Crestwood High School’s Shania Davis stepped to the line with her team clinging to a slim 2-point lead with just five seconds remaining, and hit two clutch free throws to give the Lady Knights a 50-49 victory over rival Sumter High School on Friday night in The Castle.

It’s a good thing she made both too, because Sumter forward Nina Edlow hit a three-pointer as time expired that would’ve tied the game if Davis had missed either free throw.

“It was big,” said Crestwood head coach Tony Wilson. “She’s a junior, and she stepped up and gave us what we needed.”

The Lady Knights improved to 3-0 on the season with the victory, and have now beaten three teams ranked in the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association preseason polls along the way in Lee Central, Darlington, and now Sumter.

“I always tell our girls that we don’t base our season on beating Sumter or not,” said Wilson. “We want to be in the state championship game at the end of the year. But, it’s always good to play your rival and have good competition. Gotta tip your hat to Sumter; they never gave up, that’s a good team over there.”

The Lady Gamecocks fell to 4-1 on the season with the loss.

Senior guard Ashanti Washington led the way for the Lady Knights, hitting three 3-pointers, and scoring 14 points. Junior center A’Yonna Young added 10 points, while senior guard Cece Wells and junior guard Ta’janique Johnson notched seven points each.

“Wells did a good job handling the ball tonight, and I know Sumter has a good team on the post, so think our rebounders were good tonight with (Tashiana) Farmer and Young. Our free throws carried us tonight too; our girls did an excellent job hitting free throws.”

Crestwood led through much of the game, building a 30-20 lead at halftime thanks to a late three-pointer by Wells.

The Lady Gamecocks cut the deficit to just 33-29 early in the third quarter after senior guard Temarah Brown hit a long three-pointer.

The Lady Knights responded, however, and Washington nailed her third three-pointer of the night with just over three seconds remaining in the quarter to push the lead back up to 42-33.

Sumter finally made their run late in the fourth quarter. Junior forward Layken Cox grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the putback to cut the lead to 45-41 with 2:45 remaining in the game. Cox scored again just 30 seconds later, this time on a terrific pass from eighth-grader Kiara Croskey to shrink the deficit to 47-45.

The two teams traded turnovers down the stretch, and then Davis came through with the game-winning free throws.

“The last three minutes of the game we didn’t play well,” said Wilson. “The ball got stagnant. We kinda lost our intensity over the last three minutes of the game. I tip my hat to Sumter to keep fighting, but I think, overall, it was a well-played game by our girls.”