The third time did not prove to be the charm for the Whale Branch girls basketball team, which suffered its third loss of the season at the hands of top-ranked Military Magnet, ending the Warriors’ season with a 56-44 defeat in the third round of the SCHSL Class 1A playoffs.
The Warriors were never really in it, playing catchup from the start after managing only four points in the first quarter and trailing by nine after eight minutes.
Whale Branch star Kynew Barnwell heated up in the second quarter, scoring 12 of her game-high 28 points in the period, but the Warriors were only able to shave one point off the deficit and went to halftime trailing 33-25.
The Warriors couldn’t make any headway in the second half, as freshman Dream Watson scored eight of her team-best 18 points in the third quarter to help push the advantage to 14, and the Eagles held the line in the fourth.
Chazmin Bradley added 12 points for Military Magnet, and Layla Love added eight for the Warriors, who finished the season with a 19-8 record.
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