NEWBERRY – During the halftimes of the double-header game in the Scott Gym between Newberry High and Batesburg-Leesville High on Tuesday night, several groups from a local dance company performed then the Bulldog boys waltzed their way to their seventh regional championship under Head Coach Chad Cary.
Having at least a three-game advantage with two games to go in the regular season, the second ranked Bulldogs handed the eighth ranked Panthers a seasonal sweep after their 80-48 victory. They had already won the region before taking the court.
Newberry is now 21-2 this season, has won 11 straight regional games including all nine this season, and has won 32 straight games inside the county during the past two years.
The Panthers took a first quarter lead at 10-9, giving the contingent of fans a lot to be excited about sitting behind them.
Newberry would go on an 11-0 run to end the quarter, a run that would be extended to a 40-6 one for the duration of the first half as the Bulldogs led at the break, 49-16.
The Bulldogs barely won the third quarter scoring, 18-17, while the Panthers won the final quarter, 15-13.
Notorious Booker and Jalin Alexander had game highs 12 points apiece, as they each did their scoring in only two quarters.
Trey Miller also finished the night in double digits as he scored 10 points. Kaheem Praylow and Jaylen Lindsay scored seven points apiece while Jeremy Summers finished with six.
Bennett Wilson, Tyon Williams, Dominic Gilmore and Greely Saddler each scored four points for Newberry. Tovaris Cureton and Jimmy Willingham scored three points apiece. Devin Harmon and Raquon Davenport ended the Newberry scoring with two points each.
The results of Newberry’s senior night game against Mid-Carolina were not available at press time but will be in Monday’s edition of The Observer.