ABBEVILLE — Newberry High School’s varsity Lady Bulldogs won their eighth straight game this season and ran their consecutive win streak in region games to 15 on Tuesday night with a 61-49 victory over the Abbeville Lady Panthers.
With the win, Newberry High could claim its second straight Region II-2A championship during senior night tonight against Ninety Six.
Newberry trailed 14-12 after the opening quarter but then the Lady Bulldogs went on a 16-4 run, to take a 28-18 advantage into the locker rooms.
Eight minutes into the second half, however, the Lady Panthers cut the Newberry lead to four points, at 39-35. But poor free throw shooting hurt the Panthers.
The Lady Panthers went 12-of-31 from the free-throw line, including going 11-of-22 during the entire second half. That drought at the charity stripe was compounded by the up-tempo Bulldog play.
The guard tandem of Arnasia Boyd and Tyshiria Bates proved too much for Abbeville, as the girls combined to outscore the entire Abbeville team in the fourth quarter. That 19-14 stretch locked up the win for Newberry.
Bates scored in all four quarters to finish with 22 points while Boyd had 14, including 10 points during the final stanza.
Kelsey Felks also ended the night in double digits with 10 points. Octavia Grandy-Goodman scored seven points while Fatima Sims scored four. Esha Mathis and Nigeria Davis both scored two points to round out the Newberry scoring.
The Bulldogs have at least a two-game advantage over each regional opponent, and Newberry can bar any chance of a possible tie-breaking scenario with a victory over the Lady Wildcats, whom they defeated earlier this season. Tip off is tonight in the Scott gym.