Academy boys pick up win, girls lose


By Robert Cole - For The Newberry Observer



Tyrese Taylor drives for two against Wardlaw.


Leigha Harbert scores against Wardlaw.


JOHNSTON — Newberry Academy traveled to Johnston to take on the Patriots of Wardlaw Academy on Tuesday night.

The boys’ team picked up their first win of the season, 55-44, while the girls lost in a foul-plagued game, 25-20.

The Lady Eagles struggled offensively in large part due to foul trouble. The whistles blew fast and furious as Newberry rang up 26 fouls for the night, with three players fouling out.

The home team did not suffer the same fate, only gathering 10 fouls.

The Lady Eagles were able to cut the Wardlaw lead to four with 1:52 remaining in the game, but missed on a couple of opportunities to complete the comeback.

Newberry was led by Amber Suber with 9 points, followed by Leigha Harbert with 7 points and 5 rebounds. Kathryn Wilbanks and Meagan Bedenbaugh each had 2 points on the night.

In the boys’ game, the Eagles built a lead early and held it into the half, 24-19.

Wardlaw had a strong third period and claimed a one point lead at the end of the period. The Eagles pulled away in the last period, scoring 22 points.

The Eagles were led by Tyrese Taylor with 12 points and Payton Gardner with 11 points. Camron Hawkins added 9 points, while Matt Cole and Tabb French each had 6 points. French also had 5 rebounds. Darius Williams and Daniel Bannister each scored 5 points, and they had 8 and 7 rebounds respectively.

Bennett Connelly rounded out the scoring with 1 point. Newberry Academy is in action again Friday as they host Greenwood Christian.

Tyrese Taylor drives for two against Wardlaw.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_Tyrese-Taylor-Drives-For-Two-Against-Wardlaw.jpgTyrese Taylor drives for two against Wardlaw.

Leigha Harbert scores against Wardlaw.
http://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_Leigha-Harbert-Scores-For-Newberry-Academy.jpgLeigha Harbert scores against Wardlaw.

By Robert Cole

For The Newberry Observer

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