The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


December 30, 2013

Lady Vikings take Holiday Classic

PINETOPS — PINETOPS – The Tarboro Lady Vikings survived a late scare by North Edgecombe  to win the Edgecombe County Holiday Classic 45-39.

Nyasha Savage was the MVP of the tournament and led the Vikings with a game-high 21 points and All-Tournament selection NeTonya Boddie was big in the final 3 minutes scoring seven points.

Tarboro played the final four minutes without their other All-Tournament selection A'Jah Williams. She scored six points, but fouled out on a questionable call on blocking foul with 4:08 to play.

"I was glad to see us pull out the win under the circumstances," Tarboro coach Jamie Willoughby said. "We kept our composure and stayed focused, but we didn't box out like we are suppose to do. It's very frustrating to see us give our opponents that many chances to score when the game is close. We just acted like we are afraid to touch anyone on their team."

Tarboro gave up ample opportunities in the final four plus minutes of the game. North Edgecombe missed free throws and got the rebounds and had second and third chances to score, but were unable to capitalize.

That gave Tarboro the momentum back, because Boddie went to work on both ends of the floor in the final three minutes of the game. She scored seven consecutive points for Tarboro and forced three turnovers.

Warrior guard Andrea Price hit a three with 2:18 to play to cut into the Vikings lead and made it 40-36. All-Tournament selection, Marquisha Tucker, added two free throws for North Edgecombe and then Coach Marion King called a timeout with her team trailing by two with 25 seconds left.

Coming out of the timeout, North Edgecombe forced an ill-advised shot and Tarboro got the rebound and Boddie scored a layup to extend their lead.

"We set up a play that Andrea was supposed to get a three point shot from the wing," King said. "If the shot wasn't there, she was supposed to swing to the other side and take it. We didn't run the play like it was drawn up."

Savage was big for the Vikings in the second quarter when she scored six points and Williams added four, which helped Tarboro close out the half on a 12-2 run and take a 23-15 lead.

"I told our girls that with them playing man-to-man we could attack the basket," Willoughby said. "I told them not to force it, but the middle was open and we could get in there and we needed to attack. Nyasha and NeTonya were able to do that and that helped us out."

Willoughby wasn't pleased with her team missing lay-ups like they did on open chances, but down the stretch she was pleased with them scoring off of forced turnovers.

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