GREENVILLE — Will the third time be the charm for the Bulldogs? Saturday at Colonial Life Arena, the county will find out.
The Newberry High School Bulldogs took out Indian Land from Fort Mill by an 80-66 final score and will meet the winner of the Ridgeland/Hardeeville and Lake Marion game, which was also played Saturday.
The Dogs battled with Indian Land big men on Saturday afternoon and used their quickness to overcome a size disadvantage by denying entry passes and creating turnovers.
The calling card of this team has been its smothering defense and the defense was the difference on Saturday afternoon.
Coach Chad Cary had his offensive players attack the basket hard and eventually that led to Indian Land getting into foul trouble in the second half.
Although Newberry High School led 37-33 at the half, Indian Land narrowed the gap to 43-42. Then Trey Gary threw down a dunk with 1:41 left and that energized the Bulldogs.
A runner by Trey Miller pushed the lead to 51-45. From there drives to the basket and foul trouble took its toll.
Notorious Booker hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the dogs up 56-47 heading into the final frame.
Devin Harmon hit a clutch three with 5:45 remaining and the Dogs led 61-47.
Indian Land had one more run in them but the Warriors could not slay these Bulldogs as the determined seniors led the Dog’s back to the AA State Championship Game.
Assistant Coach Adonis Hill said this win was wonderful for the nine seniors.
“This group did everything we asked of them. They are great kids and we are hopeful that the third time will be the charm,” Hill said.