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Lady Bruins struggling to find first victory

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The Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team couldn’t pull off its first win of the season against Smithfield-Selma on Thursday night as it fell, 41-37

The Lady Bruins (0-7) of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference came as close to winning Thursday night as they have all season. For the first time this season, Beddingfield came within five points of winning, but couldn’t overcome the young but poised 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Lady Spartans (3-4).

“This the best game we played this year thus far,” Beddingfield head coach Debra Pegram said. “Tonight I felt like we actually had a shot at winning the game. We grew leaps and bounds tonight.”

Beddingfield missed eight free throws in the fourth quarter and 17 for the game (8 for 25), while Smithfield-Selma missed seven in the fourth and fourteen for the game. The Lady Bruins couldn’t get that one play to get over the hump, unlike SSS who got two big 3-pointers from Zniah Thaggard in the third quarter that gave the Lady Spartans a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Beddingfield now has a week of preparation until they meet cross-county rival Hunt.

“Hunt is going to be a huge challenge for us, but we just want to compete,” Pegram said. “We just are trying to look to get better. I thought we did a lot of good stuff tonight. things we needed to improve on we definitely did.”

SMITHFIELD-SELMA (41)

Thaggard 12, Peacock 7, Santos 5, Moody 2, Jackson 15, Reddick, Lassister

BEDDINGFIELD (37)

Everette 15, Thomas 3, Best 2, Sherrod 3, Pope 2, Dudley 7, Worsham 2, Anderson 3 

Score by quarters:

Smithfield-Selma 12 7 9 13 41

Beddingfield 10 9 8 10 — 37

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