With the win the Lady Bulldogs will take on archrival TC Central today at 1 p.m. for the Class 1A Area 7 championship game.
“We have an opportunity to go to the playoffs and I think this is our fourth year in a row,”Winterboro head coach Sheroderick Smith said. “One of our goals is to keep going as far as we can. Tonight I wanted to focus on the offensive end and I don’t think we did well in the rebounding department. The kids can’t play down, other than we just wanted to play our game for everything that we worked hard for this year. We wanted to be our own cheerleaders and cheer for ourselves and coaching staff has to put our best foot forward every time to advance as far as we can advance.
It was apparent early that Winterboro had the ability to score at a will as they scored 32 points in the first quarter. Morgan Merritt played a major role in the Lady Bulldogs scoring output as she scored 12 points including three 3 pointers and a three point play. Twymon’s second 3-pointer of the game up Winterboro on to 15-0. Then she hit a 3 pointer to make it 24-2 with 1:52 left in the quarter. She then drained three free throws to make it 27-2.
Jasmine Richardson scored nine points in the quarter. Her putback increased their lead to 29-2. Anslea Twymon nailed a 3-pointer to make it 32-2 going into the second quarter.
“Morgan Merritt has been playing good,”Smith said. “Anslea has been playing consistent, but Morgan has been playing good. She is talking a lot. I think she is filling the leadership role. Morgan Merritt really has part genius in her and a lot of people don’t know that. Since her seventh grade year she set the 3-point record, then she broke it this year and she is just a sophomore. She is out there moving around and talking. I still have her as my point guard. She battle through our tough schedule at the beginning of the year, she was real frustrated and real down, but she has learned from all that talent and competition that we played. She is feeling it and she knows that she has the green light. I am loving the way she is playing right now.
It was more of the same in the second quarter, they took a 61-3 lead into halftime.
Jasmine Richardson led Winterboro with 25 points. Anslea Twymon scored 23 points. Merritt finished with 18 points
We got balanced scoring tonight and that is always good for us,” Smith said.
“That is something that we try to work on we have a certain lead. It is not about the lead it is about how do you get better. I feel like we accomplished those things.”
The 99 points that Winterboro scored on Friday sets a school record.