West rallies to topple Trask

ROSE HILL — West Bladen played perhaps its best and toughest game of the season Wednesday, knocking off regular-season champion Heidi Trask, 73-68, in the semifinals of the Four County Conference Tournament.

The Knights improved to 20-6 and will play Clinton or Wallace-Rose Hill on Friday in the title game, while the Titans fell to 22-4.

West Bladen jumped to a 6-0 lead to start the game, but Trask finished the first quarter with a 6-0 run that gave the Titans an 18-16 edge.

Things continued to go south for the Knights in the second stanza, as Heidi Trask outscored West Bladen by a 16-9 margin and took a 34-25 lead into halftime.

The Knights and Titans battled back and forth through the third quarter and the two teams knotted at 15-15 in the period, allowing Heidi Trask to hold a 49-40 edge going into the fourth frame.

That’s when West Bladen erupted.

Three-pointers from Sayaun Dent and Stefan McDonald, along with 10 points from John Bowen, led West Bladen’s 33-point outburst in the quarter. The Knights knotted the game with under 5 minutes to play and took the lead for good with under 4 minutes to play.

McDonald scored 20 points along with six assists and four steals, while Dent also scored 20 points and contributed seven rebounds. Shaquille Johnson scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Bowen scored 12 points.

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