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When a team can go inside and outside effectively and with consistency in high school basketball, it’s a unit to be taken seriously.
The Beddingfield High girls can once again make that distinction after a series of lean years.
Tuesday night’s 65-35 victory over Charles B. Aycock was decided quickly. Beddingfield, with depth it hasn’t enjoyed in the recent past and a blend of youth and experience serving as its headliners, staggered the Lady Golden Falcons with its athleticism in moving to 4-1 overall.
Senior Makayla Everette dominated the 3-A Lady Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference early on, going for 12 of her 14 points in the opening quarter alone. CBA (3-3) realized its only lead on the first basket of the game on a layup by junior Abbey Thomas, only to see the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Bruins go on a 16-4 tear to close the period.
Beddingfield’s lead never dipped below double figures the rest of the way. After Everette had her way with CBA to open the proceedings, she yielded to freshman sensation Daneesha Briggs. Briggs, who had four 3-pointers, had a game-high 29 points and sparked the Lady Bruins to a commanding 39-15 edge at the half.
“The group of freshman I have are very energetic,” Pegram said. “They just add a whole boost to the game. Then I have four seniors that have been around for a long time, so they kind of settle everything when it’s needed. It’s a good combination. We just have to work to improve every day.”
Beddingfield’s traps and pressure led to easy baskets for the Lady Bruins, with CBA head coach Randy Pate estimating his unit exceeded the 30-turnover plateau.
“Give them all the credit,” Pate said of the Lady Bruins. “We worked on the press break, but you wouldn’t have ever known it. I pulled a lot of girls up from JV. We actually have only nine girls on our roster right now that’s active, so I pulled up six girls — I knew it would be a tiring game and we’re playing three this week. But we did not handle the press well. The second half, we moved the ball a lot better, but it was too late then.”
Beddingfield led by as many as 37 at 62-25 in the fourth quarter as reserves saw ample playing time.
The Lady Bruins face Hunt on Friday, completing the pre-holiday circuit of its tournament opposition.
C.B. AYCOCK (35)
Speight, Millard 3, Feddersen, Smith 10, Patnaude 2, Thomas 13, Sprill 2, Parrish 3, Myers, Roberts 2,
Anderson 5, Sutton, Pender 5, Dove 4, Sherrod 4, Briggs 29, Best 2, Thompson 2, Everette 14, Shade.
Score by quarters:
C.B. Aycock 6 9 8 12 — 35
Beddingfield 16 23 18 8 — 65