The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

December 31, 2012

Lady Warriors, Knights finish third

Sports Correspondent
Van Holland

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.

Riverside 62

North Edgecombe 51

The two time defending Holiday tournament champion Riverside Knights found themselves playing in the consolation game Friday. The were able to hold on to a slim lead and defeat the North Edgecombe Warriors 62-51.

The Knights were able to use their size and inside advantage to out play the Warriors. Knights center, Mario Moore was the go to guy for Riverside. He scored 26 points in the contest, which 14 came in the second half.

Riverside led 16-13 after one quarter, but the Warriors weren't going to let the game slip away so easily. They played back and forth with the Knights in second quarter as both teams scored nine points apiece. The Knights had a 25-22 lead at the half.

The Knights used a big third quarter run to take a 10 point lead, but the Warriors fought back and made it a game.

Rontarious Graham got hot in the second half and began to give the Warriors a little momentum. He finished the game with 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Moore was just too much inside for the Warriors though, as he took over the game late and dominated inside. He was named to the All-Tournament team along with teammate Dequant Brown.

Graham received All-Tournament honors for the Warriors.