The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


February 21, 2014

Playoff spots on the line

TARBORO — The Tarboro Lady Vikings are a guaranteed lock to make the 1-A NCHSAA state basketball playoffs Saturday when the brackets are released. The only other team in Edgecombe County that has a realistic shot is the SouthWest Edgecombe boys.

The Lady Vikings (15-8, 7-3 Two Rivers Conference) are playing tonight for the Two Rivers Conference tournament championship. They will be traveling to Northampton County to play the Riverside Lady Knights. The Lady Knights have beaten Tarboro twice this season. Most recently Monday night when Riverside won 86-42. The first time the two met this season, Tarboro fell 75-22.

Riverside has had just one close game all season when they won by 11 points.

Riverside has given the Lady Vikings a fit with their 2-2-1 full court press. Tarboro has had trouble breaking the press and avoiding the Lady Knight traps and double teams. Riverside also gets out in the open court and plays fast in transition off of their opponents missed shots.

Tarboro coach Jamie WIlloughby saw her team advance to the championship game Wednesday night when they defeated host Northampton County by six points and for the second time this season. That win assured the Lady Vikings a possible home playoff game in the first round Monday.

Heading into the game Wednesday, both the Lady Vikings and Northampton County had split during the regular season and the winner was guaranteed second place outright in the conference.

Tarboro made the playoffs last year, but lost in the opening round.

For the complete story, see today's print edition of The Daily Southerner.

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