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C.E. Murray blown out in Day 2 of District 9 Tournament

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Que'shay Gamble goes up for a layup during the War Eagles blowout loss to Manning  

It was a day of basketball to forget for both C.E. Murray’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. Both teams suffered blow out losses, but both were plying teams in higher classification.

The Lady War Eagles were up first on Day 2. After falling to Hartsville on Monday, the War Eagles were matched up against Crestwood, a team they have already faced numerous times this season. The result was a dominant Lady Knights win of 68-15. LeAndrea Montgomery, this is part of the growing process for a very young team that doesn’t have a lot of varsity experience.

“This is a growing year for us. So I understand that. So this is just another part of the process that we have to go through,” Montgomery said. “So this nothing but growing pains. So I understand that. We won't stay like this, forever. As long as we show improvement, that's what I'm looking for.”

Crestwood started the game on a 12-0 run. It took a Cyiasia Singletary free throw three minutes into the game for the Lady War Eagles to get on the board. By the time they scored again, Crestwood had what they needed to win before the game was seven minutes old.

Montgomery said he didn’t call timeout to stop the run because he wants him team to learn to battle through adversity.

The lead kept ballooning and ballooning up to halftime where the score was 42-10. The teams agreed to a running clock for the last 16 minutes. The only thing left to solve was the final score

Montgomery used the chance to get some players some valuable experience with region play looming.

On the final day, the Lady War Eagles fell to Kingstree 59-40.

For the boys, the result was the same, a massive 79-54 to host Manning. The War Eagles were competitive, but a poor start to the second half sealed their fate. After defeating Stratford on the first day of action, the War Eagles finished 1-1 as they did not have an opponent for the last day. 

Head coach Neilson Hilton gave credit to Manning, but admitted “we didn’t have our best game.”

The teams traded baskets with the War Eagles taking an early 6-5 lead, but then the host Monarchs went on a 14-2 run to open a 19-8 lead halfway through the first half.

The War Eagles battled back to cut the lead to 21-15, but Manning responded and went into the locker room with an eight-point lead.

C.E. Murray would make it a six-point game with the first basket of the second half, but they never got any closer.

“We didn't have a good third quarter,” Hilton said. “We just didn't play well. And those things happen”

Hilton then turned to his bench as the second half went on to also give his players experience before region play begins.

Despite the lopsided result, Hilton is happy that his team never stopped hustling.

“They still continue to hustle. I think they saw some of the mistakes that they've made and you can always learn from your mistakes,” Hilton said when asked what positives he can take from the game. “So hopefully we'll look at the film, see what happened the second half and the third quarter and see how we can have a bit of [a better third quarter] going forward."

You can follow Brandon on twitter @brandon__alter for latest updates. You can reach him by email him at news@kingstreenews.com 

Brandon Alter covers the town of Kingstree and Williamsburg County for The Kingstree News. He is from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of South Carolina's school of Journalism and Mass Communications in May 2021.

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