The Whale Branch girls basketball team captured a title over the weekend, winning the Hargray BC Classic championship at Battery Creek High School last Saturday, Nov. 29. The Warriors defeated Ridgeland-Hardeeville 60-45 in the championship game.
Cheyenne Rogers led Whale Branch with a game-high 19 points. Following Rogers in the Whale Branch scoring column, Shaniqua Johnson contributed 13 points for the Warriors.
Johnson was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Also honored, Rogers earned a spot on the impressive all-tournament team.
Whale Branch, under the direction of first-year head coach Shyronda Mifflin, featured eight different scorers in the title tilt. Kemoni Jenkins chipped in 12 points for the Warriors; Ciarra Courtney and Jonae Riley netted four points apiece; Dana Chapel chipped in three; and Nikki Smalls netted two for Whale Branch in the win.
Rounding out the Whale Branch scoring, Gabrielle Carter converted on one free throw attempt.
The Warriors used a 16-0 run in the second half to clinch the win. Ridgeland-Hardeeville owned a short-lived 37-35 lead with 2:45 left to play in the third quarter.
Whale Branch fared well at the foul line on its way to the win.