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The Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team closed the gap to five points on a pair of occasions in the fourth quarter Friday night against North Pitt, but found itself unable to cut the margin any further despite a 21-point showing from senior Makayla Everette en route to a 52-43 defeat in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opener for both teams.
Well, actually six points.
The scoreboard erroneously credited the Lady Bruins with an extra point in the third quarter as Beddingfield began its run from a 30-19 deficit. Heeding veteran head coach Debra Pegram’s command to “go to work,” Everette did just that, hitting a pair of free throws and converting a three-point play inside.
But in the process, Beddingfield (7-4) was given another point, and the Lady Bruins entered the fourth quarter trailing 36-32 — even though the scoreboard had it a one-possession game. The officials were never alerted to the correctable error, and after the game, the Beddingfield score was totaled, adding up to 43 in the home scorebook.
As it was, the issue had no tangible impact on the outcome.
North Pitt (10-5) countered Everette’s presence inside with that of senior point guard Ashanti Hines, who paced all scorers with 28 points. The Lady Bruins closed it to within 48-42 (on the scoreboard) with 1:13 to play, but North Pitt relied on its backcourt to churn much of the remaining clock. Hines and guard J’Nadia Maye helped salt it away from the line.
The North Pitt game plan involved running Everette up and down the floor in transition to gain the upper hand in the closing minutes.
“Our thing was to try to get up and down the court as much as possible,” North Pitt head coach William Knight said of Everette. “Just to beat her down the court and hopefully limit her touches. She’s a good player. I mean, I’ve got the utmost respect for her.”
Freshman guard Daneesha Briggs added 12 points for Beddingfield.
The Lady Bruins visit Smithfield-Selma on Monday.
NORTH PITT (52)
Maye 8, Pettaway 9, Staton, Bryant 2, Everette 3, Hines 28, Bullock 2.
Pender 3, Dove 2, Sherrod 1, Briggs 12, Best, Thompson 4, Everette 21, Shade.
North Pitt 16 12 8 16 — 52
Beddingfield 8 11 13 11 — 43