Henegar named MVP, Lady Warriors roll to Carolina Invitational title

Published 8:35 am Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Saturday, the Lady Warriors topped Greer (S.C.), 45-35, to win the Carolina Invitational title in Charleston, South Carolina.

“Anytime you can win a championship it’s special,” said Lady Warriors head coach Thomas Gouge.  “The defensive effort we’ve had the last 5 or 6 games has been the difference.  When you can hold opponents to around 30 to 35 points you give yourself a great chance.   We beat two good ball teams in West Ashley (SC) and Greer (SC).  West Ashley was 10-1 and ranked No. 8 in Class 5A in South Carolina.”

Leading the Lady Warriors, throughout the tournament, Henegar was selected as the tournament MVP after having six treys and 22 points during the championship game.

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Henegar had over 15 threes and 72 points over the three games the Lady Warriors played in South Carolina. Henegar came alive during the Lady Warriors win over Cross (S.C.), 53-23.  Henegar had 36 points and a school-record nine 3-pointers during the opening win. Along with Henegar, Shayln Whitson made the all-tournament team.

“Adrienne is a deadly shooter and can change a game in a hurry, and Shayln’s presence inside was huge in our victories,” said Gouge. “I feel like we got great effort and leadership from our point guard Olivia Absher also.  I’m very proud of this team, and we just have to keep grinding and getting better every day.”

Saturday, the Lady Warriors jumped out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter against Greer. In the opening frame, Henegar knocked down two 3-pointers and nine points, while teammate and sister, Autumn Henegar, had a trey. Tianna Long hit a bucket to help out the Lady Warriors’ cause.

Heading into the half, Lady Warriors led 27-19 over Greer. The Henegar sisters each had a 3-pointer in the second quarter, while Whitson converted on two buckets for four points. Happy Valley’s Emily Lunceford rounded out the second period scoring with a basket.

Greer cut into Happy Valley’s lead 37-30 heading into the fourth period. Adriene had two shots from outside the arch while Whitson collected four more in the third to keep the Lady Warriors out front.

In the fourth, Happy Valley outpaced Greer 8-5 en route to a tournament victory.

Friday, the Lady Warriors defeated West Ashley, 37-32, to make it to the championship on Saturday. In the West Ashley win, Heneger had 14 points while Whitson had 13. Happy Valley’s Olivia Absher recorded seven.

The Lady Warriors are made up of Tianna Long, Holly Moore, Casey Campbell, Autumn Henegar, Emma Blevins, Adrienne Henegar, Olivia Absher, Bailey Ball, Emily Lunceford, and Shalyn Whitson.