The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


December 31, 2012

Lady Warriors, Knights finish third

TARBORO — The North Edgecombe Lady Warriors took advantage of the SouthWest Edgecombe Lady Cougars in the fourth quarter when the Cougars took a few plays off. The Warriors were able to capitalize and open up a bigger lead. The Cougars could never regain momentum and lost 55-47.

The Cougars, who are winless this season, were looking for their first win of the year in the Edgecombe County Holiday Christmas tournament. The Cougars played with the Warriors much of the first three and half quarters, but North Edgecombe knocked down some big three-pointers late in the game to help them seal the win.

The Warriors led 28-26 at halftime, behind the outstanding inside presence of Kayla Booth. She scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds in the game. She had eight points in the first half. Booth was named to the All-Tournament team.

The Warriors were without one of their leaders, MarQuisha Tucker. She is sidelined for 10 days after she sprained her right ankle Thursday night in the opening round game against Tarboro. Tucker is a force inside for the Warriors and is one of their top scorers and rebounders.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors opened up the game and extended their lead after the Cougars seemed to have gotten tired. The Warriors were able to knock down some three-pointers which helped them in the final frame. Shanika Scott hit some big baskets down the stretch including a big three-pointer. She was also named to the All-Tournament team for the Warriors.

Montana York was the big spark for the Cougars. She scored 18 points and led all scorers in the game. She was also named to the All-Tournament team for the Cougars.

Dawson Gould added eight for the Cougars, while Dyshia ANderson chipped in seven.

SouthWest head coach Sandra Langley said she was pleased with her teams overall performance. She said that if they hadn't of taken those few plays off they could have possibly been in the game.

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