Kynew Barnwell shined once again with 29 points, and Whale Branch’s girls blasted Baptist Hill at home 58-19 on Friday behind a dominant second-half defensive effort to stay perfect on the season.
The victory sets up a clash between the two top-ranked teams in Class 1A on Monday, as the Warriors set their eyes on a trip to Military Magnet.
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Barnwell was sensational from the start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter alone and making all three of her shots from the foul line to open up a 16-8 lead. The Warrior offense continued to find success in the second period as Erin Rivers feasted in the paint. The junior used her superb strength to finish at the rim, scoring eight points in the frame to put her team up 34-14 at the halfway stage.
LaToya Mack’s group came out of halftime and put on a defensive clinic, holding the Bobcats without a field goal in the third quarter while allowing just a single made free throw. Barnwell and Zhani Thompson each knocked down a three to finish the period on a 14-1 run.
Barnwell capped off a brilliant night with nine points in the final quarter, continually getting to the line and knocking down free throws. The Warriors defense was outstanding, allowing no more than eight points in any quarter and just five in the entire second half.
Rivers scored 10 points for Whale Branch, while both Jazmin Diaz and Thompson added eight.
The Warriors (9-0, 4-0) travel to top-ranked Military Magnet on Monday for a duel between the top two squads in Class 1A.
— Wes Kerr