NINETY SIX — The Newberry High School Lady Bulldogs’ 45-37 victory Friday night at Ninety Six High was their seventh straight and 10th overall win of the 2012-13 season.
Three of the wins were against teams ranked in the top 10 in the state on the night Newberry played them, including a sweep of Ninety Six and one of the number one Fairfield Central in their 8-1 start since Jan. 1.
Octavia Grandy put Newberry ahead for the duration of the night when she dropped in her only four points of the night to start the game.
When Newberry hosted the Lady Wildcats last month, Ninety Six had a 16-7 lead after the first quarter.
Newberry had a 10-7 lead after the opening eight minutes as the Lady Bulldogs were only a point shy of equaling their total number of points scored in the entire first half during this first quarter.
The visitors in blue only gained one more point on the home team in the second quarter as Newberry would lead 23-19 at the break.
Newberry went on a 6-0 run in the second half’s first six minutes.
That Ninety Six lay-up would their only points in the entire third quarter whereas Newberry would have a 31-21 lead heading into the final quarter.
With Ninety Six already down one star player to start the game, they would find themselves down two stars with 88 seconds left as their leading scorer with 18 points on the night fouled out with Newberry leading 38-31.
Newberry went on a 7-6 run after this to retain their lead at the buzzer.
On the night Newberry made 10-of-25 free throws while Ninety Six made all but five of their 12 attempts.
Arnasia Boyd had an evening-high 22 points, nine more than she had in the first meeting with Ninety Six.
Tyshira Bates finished with eight points while Fatima Sims scored six. Shidedria Maybin finished with four points.
The Newberry scoring ended with the lone point of Breanna Mathis.
Newberry has one game advantage for first place in the region over Abbeville with two games to go. Newberry is guaranteed the region championship with a win Tuesday at home over Batesburg-Leesville and a Mid-Carolina victory at Abbeville on the same evening, regardless of Thursday’s game between Newberry and Mid-Carolina.