Columbia dominates on senior night

Columbia High School’s boys’ basketball team has ranked among the best in the county and state this season, and it put the finishing touches on a senior night sweep of McNair with an 86-25 win on Jan. 26.

The girls’ teams tipped things off first, with the Columbia Lady Eagles downing McNair 75-15 in the first half of the double-header.

Nia Anderson led the way for Columbia with 21 points, while Aalon Taylor had 15 points, Kerserlin Andersonscored 13 points, Kendall Campbell hit for 11 points, and Keamaura Robinson added 10 points.

The Lady Eagles set the tone for the night with a 15-0 run to start the game; Nia Anderson scored seven of those 15 points.

She also started the second half with a three—which put Columbia up 51-6—while a pair of free throws from Kerserlin Anderson and a three from Taylor Moss opened the final quarter of play.

Between the boys’ and girls’ games, Nia Anderson, Kayla Williams, Janiya McGauley, JeTorria McCommons, Robinson, Jakiah Slaughter, and Taylor Turner were honored as the Lady Eagles’ seniors.

Quay Wallace, Trevian Callaway, Tahmar Mann, Ja’Marcus Hatcher, and Emanuel Holts were then honored from the boys’ team, in addition to senior managers and Columbia’s senior cheerleaders.

Hatcher and Callway followed up their senior night honors by leading their team to a strong start, scoring a combined 15 points for a 28-7 lead in the first quarter.

Columbia—holding a 19-2 record and ranked No. 3 in the state—took a 45-13 lead into halftime before Wallace added nine quick points in the third quarter to help extend the lead to 58-15.

Columbia cruised to victory, with Hatcher leading the way with a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double, Callaway scoring 15 points, and Wallace going for 12 points.

The win let Columbia maintain its No. 1 spot in 2A-Region 5 with three region games left in the regular season.

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