Battery Creek girls earn victory over Woodland

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Battery Creek girls earn victory over Woodland

By STEPHEN FASTENAU
sfastenau@beaufortgazette.com
Published Wednesday, January 30, 2013   |  705 Words  |  

Tatyana Fripp pumped her fist and backpedaled down the court after dropping another 3-pointer Tuesday.

A few minutes later, the Battery Creek High School junior rattled in another, retreating with arms at her sides and an intense look on her face.

Fripp, a newcomer who transferred from Bluffton High School and joined the Dolphins after the holiday break, is still learning Battery Creek's system. She showed Tuesday how well she's transitioning, helping Battery Creek to a 64-42 win over Woodland at home.

The win broke a tie with Woodland in Region 6-AA. The Dolphins improved to 6-5 in league play, with Woodland dropping to 5-6.

"I think I'm getting the hang of the team," Fripp said. "I started playing better over here (at Battery Creek)."

Despite still learning all the schemes, Fripp brings a shooting touch that features an unconventional quick-release and a flat arc that finds the basket. She had scored 20 points total since joining the team. She finished with 18 against Woodland.

Fripp played for Bluffton early in the season before her family moved to Beaufort. Her first game as a Dolphin was Jan. 8 at North Charleston.

When Battery Creek's leading scorer and top defensive player Daisja Cannon left the game during the second quarter after taking a knee to the thigh, the crowd murmured and the momentum appeared ready to shift.

"It was hurting," Cannon said. "I couldn't move it or nothing like that, so I thought I was going to be out for a long time."

The Dolphins surprised everyone with a 9-0 run to create separation in what had been a close game. When Cannon returned late in the second quarter, she didn't appear slowed by the injury, harassing Woodland ball-handlers when Dolphins' trapped at the top of their 3-2 defense.

"I took her spot as point," Fripp said. "I wanted to show the coaches that if Daisja's hurt and they need a backup, I can help her. When she got back in the game, she actually helped the team more than she had before."

The pressure helped blow open what was a six-point game at the half and kept the Dolphins in fourth place in Region 6-AA.

Battery Creek girls 64, Woodland 42

Woodland (9-10, 5-6) -- Brittani Carson 14, Samantha Boyd 11, Jonetta Cobb 8, Victoria Wamer 4, Keddryona Warren 4, Carlaysia Peter 1. Battery Creek (13-8, 6-5) -- Daisja Cannon 19, Tatyana Fripp 18, Elizabeth Ford 8, Alex Bazemore 7, Matlynn Dearsman 7, Erica Alston 4.

Woodland boys 46, Battery Creek 38

Woodland, the No. 7 team in Class 2-A, arrived at Battery Creek on Tuesday in the midst of an eight-game winning streak and with one more obstacle to sweep aside on its way to the Region 6-AA title.

And while Battery Creek was enjoying a good run of its own, it couldn't slow the Wolverines' momentum. Woodland clamped down on the Dolphins with a ferocious 1-3-1 zone and got a big night from Juadon Chandler to generate just enough offense.

The Wolverines forced 19 turnovers.

"We didn't match their intensity, and I know you hear that a lot," Battery Creek coach Antoine Youmans said. "But they played like they wanted to win the region. This was the game that was up for grabs."

Barring a complete collapse, Woodland locked up the region crown. Battery Creek still has a cushion in second place at 8-3, ahead of Bishop England, which started the night 5-5.

Battery Creek had managed only 16 points at the half, but its defense kept the Dolphins in the game. The Dolphins got within six points with 2:30 left, on two quick Adonis Williams' baskets. But the Wolverines didn't allow any more decent looks.

Woodland (15-5, 9-1 Region 6-AA) -- Juadon Chandler 29, Sego Smith 8, Michael Wamery 7, Kemeak Smith 2. Battery Creek (10-10, 8-3) -- Adonis Williams 13, Yuneek Crittendon 9, Teyvon Jenette 6, Devontae Wilson 6, Raheem Cooper 3, Miguel Crawley 1.