A Tale of Comebacks as Royals, Raiders Split Games | HS Sports
For the first time since the two schools were region foes in 2005-06, Bleckley and West Laurens met in basketball action Saturday at the Raiders SaddleDome. It was a story of comebacks as one team from each school rallied to win.
N'yaia Anderson's 14th point of the first half with three seconds left gave the Lady Royals a 35-18 halftime lead. Four Lady Raider three-point shots helpd cut the deficit to five going to the fourth. WL went ahead with 53 seconds left. One of two Bleckley free throws with eight seconds left cut a two-point deficit to one. A quick foul, then one of two free throws again mad it a two-point game. BC's last second shot was short as they lost 66-64.
Anderson finished with 17. Dewanda Blackshear had 11. Cam Tillman scored 10.
The Royals trailed the Raiders for most of the first half, their last lead was 8-7 early in the first quarter. Down six at halftime, Bleckley rallied. Mario Beck's three-point play drew the teams even at 30. Dominic Ligon had a three to put BCHS ahead. Up three to begin the fourth, the lead was as much as eight before WL tried to rally. It was a three-point game with two minutes left but Rydealous Taylor hit four straight free throws to help secure a 48-42 win.
Taylor finished with 10. Beck and Ken Hughes scored 10. Bleckley hosts Taylor County Tuesday. JV girls play at 4:15 pm with varsity to follow.