In a matchup that had the feel of a prize fight, the Crestwood High School varsity girls basketball team took one on the chin against Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Tuesday at The Castle.
The Bruinettes came away with a 44-40 victory, handing the Lady …
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The Bruinettes came away with a 44-40 victory, handing the Lady Knights their first loss in Region IV-4A. However, all it did to CHS was provide a little sting.
Crestwood is still one game ahead of O-W in the region, with an 8-1 mark compared to 7-2. And even if the teams should end up with the same records following Friday's games, the Lady Knights would still be the region's No. 1 seed in the state playoffs based on their 56-41 victory in the first meeting in Orangeburg.
Despite all of that good news, CHS head coach Tony Wilson wasn't happy with his team's performance on Tuesday.
"We didn't play a good game tonight," said Wilson, whose team dropped to 19-5 on the season. "We came out flat. They outhustled us tonight and beat us in every phase of the game."
"We just have to continue to get better," he said. "We're going back to the drawing board tomorrow. I'm glad we're taking this loss tonight instead of in the playoffs."
The game looked like a defensive clinic from beginning to end. The first quarter finished in an 11-11 tie, with both teams showcasing very physical defense and forcing a lot of turnovers.
That physicality would continue in the second quarter, with neither team able to produce points very easily. The game was tied 18-18 at halftime.
The Bruinettes, who improved to 20-3 overall, led 29-27 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, a sense of urgency from both teams would loosen up the defenses and allow for the offenses to begin to produce some points.
An 8-0 scoring run from Orangeburg-Wilkinson gave it a 39-33 lead in the middle of the fourth quarter, the largest lead of the game for either team. The Lady Knights closed the lead to 43-40 with 41 seconds left in the game, but O-W was able to play keep-away with the basketball and hold on for the win.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson guard D'Mya tucker would lead all scorers with 19-points, while Crestwood guard Shania Davis would lead her team with 12 points.
As low-scoring as the girls contest was, the boys game was even worse. O-W came away with a 35-26 triumph.
Both teams played frantically, with both defenses running full-court presses for most of the game, causing a lot of sloppy play on offense.
The Bruins would dictate the pace and push it to their advantage, scoring the first eight points of the game and ending the first quarter with an 8-3 lead. OW guard Larry Howell and forward John White would help power the Bruins' offense in the first half, with Howell scoring eight points and White scoring six to give their team a 20-13 going into halftime.
The Bruins kept the Knights at a safe distance the rest of the night, improving to 16-9 overall and 5-4 in region play. Crestwood dropped to 9-15 and 2-7.
While finished with 16 points.
Crestwood closes its regular season on Friday on the road against Sumter School District rival Lakewood.
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