BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — Scotland’s girls basketball team saw its two-game win streak snapped Wednesday in a double-digit loss to Jack Britt.
After defeating rival Marlboro County by 18 points in Bennettsville Thursday, the Scots have a chance to string together another successful run.
Scotland jumped out to a 10-1 lead over its rivals to the south and never looked back en route to a 53-35 win. The Scots completed the season sweep of Marlboro — they also bested the Bulldogs 54-36 Dec. 1 in Laurinburg.
Scotland led 15-3 after the first quarter, 31-8 at halftime and 45-13 after the third period before backups were inserted in the fourth.
The visitors from Scotland County raced out to sizable lead thanks to slick interior passing from Breanna Williams. The 5-11 forward dished out multiple assists in the early going to 6-2 frontcourt mate Khasiya Sellers. Sellers dominated the paint, scoring 11 points during the first eight minutes of action.
Williams added a basket of her own in the first quarter, as did guard ShanQaylia Stanton in helping the Scots build their advantage. Marlboro only made one field goal — a Shaquanza Williams 2-pointer — in the opening period and found itself down by 12 to begin the second quarter.
The Bulldogs again managed just a single field goal in the period, and the deficit ballooned.
After Sellers dominated at the onset, Scotland showcased its depth in the second quarter as six different Scots broke into the scoring column. The Pegues twins, Amaya and Nahir, were spark plugs off the bench. Nahir scored four points, and both players used their volleyball skills to make several big-time blocks that wowed the fans in attendance.
Scotland ended its impressive first-half performance with — what else — an impressive play when guard Ashlyn Dial dished the ball off to Williams, who flipped in a shot as the halftime buzzer sounded.
Dial added a pair of field goals in the third quarter, and Stanton tacked on four points. The Bulldogs were unable to find any offensive flow as they struggled to find clean looks against an alert and active Scotland defense.
Up by 32 entering the fourth quarter, Scotland pulled most of its starters and allowed several reserves to play extended minutes.
Marlboro left its rotation players in the game and cut the deficit in half thanks to a scoring outburst from Amani Harley, who tallied 10 of her 13 points in the final period.
Sellers led all scorers with 15 points and Stanton added 11 for the Scots, who improved to 3-5 overall with the win. The loss dropped Marlboro to 2-3.
Scotland is off until Dec. 26 when it will travel Orangeburg, South Carolina to participate in the Sweet 16 Memorial Tournament.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.