WINNSBORO – Longtime rivals Laurens Academy and Richard Winn Academy split basketball games on Friday night, with the girls defeating the Eagles 51-22 and Winn taking the boys’ game 48-33.
Ruthie Moore led the reigning SCISA state champions with 19 points as the Crusaders blew the game open with a 21-4 advantage in the third quarter that extended the lead from 22-11 to 43-15.
Laurens Academy (11-3, 1-0 region) also got 10 points apiece from Reagan Williamson and Blair Quarles. Jennifer Wu added eight points, Sarah Grace Natiello two and Emily Abercrombie and Florence Mitchell each chipped in one.
Taylor Spires led the Eagles with one.
Moore converted half her 16 shots, three from beyond the three-point line. Williamson hit four of seven and Quarles six of 11. As a team, the Crusaders hit 21 of 43 field-goal attempts but only three of 10 from the free-throw line. By contrast, Winn hit eight of 42 from the floor and five of 12 from the line. The Eagles’ Gracie Atkerson swished a three-pointer early but missed her last 10 shots.
The third quarter was also pivotal in the boys’ game. Winn outscored the Crusaders 17-4.
Noah Moore led Laurens Academy (8-6, 0-1) with 13 points, though he hit only four of 17 tries from the field. Dawson Foster added nine, as did Charlton McCall, and Diamonte Grant scored two.
Three Eagles – Hudson Wade with 16 points, Will Carvelho with 13 and Darius Boys 12 – scored in double figures.
The Eagles, led by seven points from Maggie Hughes, also won the junior varsity girls’ game by a score of 18-14 over the Crusaders. The teams were tied 11-11 entering the fourth quarter.
Olivia Huck led LA with 11 points. Madison Sherman scored two and Ivy Codington one.