Bobcats rally past Dolphins to end drought


After nearly a month, Bluffton boys basketball found its way back to the win column Saturday with a 49-41 comeback win over visiting Battery Creek.

The Bobcats erased a five-point halftime deficit and eased away from the Dolphins in the fourth quarter to snap a five-game skid and earn their first win since Dec. 10.

Jaylin Linder led the charge for the Bobcats with 15 points, and Nic Yanez added 14 as Bluffton rallied after a sluggish first half. Yanez scored 10 of his 13 after the break and finished with four 3-pointers.

Te’Shaun Heyward had 12 points and three assists, Will White added 11 points and five rebounds, and Noah Northway collected eight points, five rebounds, and four assists to lead the Dolphins.

Creek got off to a strong start with White knocking down a couple of 3-pointers, Heyward and Northway finding success driving to the basket, and Donyae Brown crashing the boards, but the Dolphins suffered from poor shot selection and too many turnovers after the break.

The Bobcats outscored the Dolphins 11-6 in the third quarter to edge ahead by one, then controlled the fourth to pull away.

Pesky Bobcats snap Creek’s four-game streak

Bluffton girls basketball used its M.O. of balanced scoring and stifling defense to coast to a 41-22 home win over Battery Creek on Saturday, snapping the Dolphins’ four-game win streak.

The sophomore backcourt duo of Katie Rodney and Tacoya Heyward combined for 19 points and set the tone at the defensive end for the Bobcats, who held a dangerous Dolphins team to 22 percent shooting — including 1-for-11 from 3-point range — and forced 19 turnovers.

The Bobcats led by eight after the first quarter before bolting to a 29-11 halftime advantage, and they kept the pressure on at the defensive end all afternoon, frustrating Battery Creek’s offensive standouts.

Rodney scored 10 points, Heyward added nine, and Ja’lania Mosley and Keira Lewis each had seven to lead Bluffton, while Madi Washington added six.

Ashante Shaw continued her terrific play in the post for Creek, doing a nice job defending Washington and collecting 11 points and nine rebounds. Kiara Wilson and Tatianna Cuevas each added four points for the Dolphins.

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