PINETOPS – Sandra Langley jumped one step closer to her 700th career win Saturday when her SouthWest Edgecombe Lady Cougars defeated the Greene Central Lady Rams 68-41 in the girl's consolation game in the Edgecombe County Holiday Classic basketball tournament.
"I was concerned at the beginning of the game, because we couldn't get any type of momentum going," Langley said. "We played a lot harder in the second quarter and were able to get going and started playing together. We were able to score some points on the inside and that helped us get a lead."
Freshman Teleyah Owens led the way with a game-high 22 points for the Cougars and Michaela Brown added 17.
Brown, who was selected as a member of the All–Tournament team, was instrumental in the win. She scored eight straight points during the Cougars 22 point explosion in the second quarter.
Brown averaged 15.5 points in two games and played a strong roll in the Cougars defensive stance to shut down the Rams.
Langley said her team needed this win, because it had been awhile since they had one.
"We still have some things we need to work on like boxing out, but I am seeing improvement," Langley said. "We were so close to making it to the championship game, but that's how things have gone."
Tarboro 60 North Edgecombe 51
In the boy's consolation game, Tarboro Vikings first-year coach Reggie Bess earned his first win as the Vikings' skipper when his team defeated his former team, the North Edgecombe Warriors, 60-51.
Maliek Hudson led the way with 17 points and Tobias Pittman added 10 and grabbed six rebounds.
Hudson, who earned a spot on the All–Tournament team, guided the Vikings in the second quarter when they went on two 6-0 runs and helped Tarboro pull away from the Warriors. Hudson scored six consecutive points in the frame and all of the points in the second run to help Tarboro extend their lead.
The Vikings outscored the Warriors 18-8 in the frame and used seven Warrior turnovers to score six of those points and held a 33-22 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, things didn't change for the Warriors. They scored just six points in the quarter and struggled controlling the ball as Tarboro continued to pull away.
Rodney Conyers had a team-high 16 points and Rontarius Graham chipped in 13, which earned Graham a spot on the All–Tournament team.