West Columbus crossed the border into South Carolina on Thursday and came away with two wins. The Vikings defeated Anor, S.C. 47-25 in girls action and came away with a 56-48 overtime win in the boys contest.
Three West girls reached double-figure scoring totals. Raeana Goodman led the way with 17 points. Annela Tiffany contributed 14 and Tah’nijay McKoy added 12. Coach John Browning’s team led 25-11 at intermission and continued to pull away in the second half.
The Viking boys took a 26-19 lead into halftime. Anor erased the deficit with a 14-6 advantage in the third quarter. West managed to tie the contest and send it into overtime. In the extra period the Vikings shut out the Blue Jackets 8-0 to take the win. Dalijuwan Willis came up big on the offensive end for West Columbus. Playing without leading scorer Jake Brownlee, Willis netted 28 points, connecting on three of six three-pointers and 11 free throws. Nick Godfrey pulled down 13 rebounds.
On Friday, an injury to Tah’nijah McKoy’s ankle may have cost the Vikings squad its second consecutive win. West Columbus was leading West Bladen 23-11 with 4:26 left before halftime when McKoy left the game. The trio of McKoy, Goodman and Tiffany had proved difficult to stop. The Vikings trailed 39-34 when it was determined McKoy would give it another try. The Vikings rallied. McCoy hit a running jumper in the lane to give the Vikings a one-point lead with just seconds remaining. A West Bladen free throw sent the game into overtime. The Knights took advantage of their accuracy at the charity stripe to pull away in OT for the 54-47 win.
Annela Tiffany’s double-double led West Columbus. Tiffany scored 19 points and pulled down 21 rebounds. McCoy and Raeana Goodman each scored nine points. The Vikings go into the holiday break with a record of 2-7.
West Columbus coach W.T. Edwards felt missing the inside presence of Jake Brownlee would come into play against West Bladen. He was correct. The Knights were able to control the lane area and took 64-40 win. The Knights had defeated the Vikings 53-51 on November 30 at West Columbus. West Columbus drops to 2-4. The Vikings next action will be a home TRC contest against South Robeson January 3.