It got out of hand quickly and never got better for the Indian Land Warriors as they fell hard to No. 4 Newberry 66-36 in the third round of the girls’ 2A state basketball playoffs.
Indian Land took nearly all 10 minutes at the half to try and correct their first half mistakes, but the 38-14 halftime score was hard to overcome.
The Warriors did start the second half on a 10-2 run, but Newberry could afford some slip-ups.
Indian Land cut the Newberry lead to 40-24 with about four minutes left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Ally Whoy, but struggled from there.
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Newberry went back to a press it used for the first half. The press seemed to work leading to turnovers by Indian Land and open looks at the basket by the Bulldogs.
“We aren’t used to seeing a team that much quicker,” said Warriors coach Natasha Rogers. “We knew they would be fast. This has been a first for all of them (her team). We weren’t use to being in this type of an environment.”
Newberry struggled from the field early in the third quarter, but finished the period on a 9-2 run to go up 58-26. Indian Land allowed nearly 30 turnovers for the game, compared to just 12 by Newberry.
Indian Land allowed open looks at the basket, and Newberry sliced up the lane in getting to the hoop to start the second quarter.
The Bulldogs were also aggressive on the offensive glass getting several second chance looks at the basket. Indian Land struggled to control the ball and turnovers by the Warriors aided an already surging Newberry team in the second quarter.
Indian Land was able to score by penetrating the lane, but the opportunities were few and far between due to Newberry’s man-to-man defense.
Newberry held the press for the majority of the first half and continued to take advantage of the Warriors’ mistakes. The Bulldogs’ Kelsey Felks scored eight of her 14 points in the second quarter.
Newberry shot 45 percent in the first half, compared to just 25 percent for Indian Land. The Warriors had 16 first half turnovers.
Neither team started to well and the first points of the game wasn’t scored until the four minute mark in the first quarter.
Newberry opened the game on an 8-0 run, while Indian Land struggled.
Newberry started pressing the Warriors and caused four early turnovers scoring off each of them to push its start to 12-2 as it cruised from that point.
Newberry 66, Indian Land 36
Indian Land – Jessica Reynolds 14, Nia Pressley 13, Collytte Cederstrom 4, Ally Whoy 3, Kate Komorous 2. Newberry – Tyshyria Bates 17, Kelsey Felks 14, Fatima Sims 11, Nigeria Davis 9, Breanna Mathis 6, Rayanna Davis 6, Octavia Gandy 3.
3-pointers: Indian Land 1 (Whoy), Newberry 1 (Bates). Team fouls: Indian Land 9, Newberry 13.
Records: Indian Land 14-7, Newberry 22-2.