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PINETOPS — Trailing by 17 points entering the fourth quarter, the SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity girls basketball team fell behind by as many as 21 points before a furious rally allowed the Lady Cougars to make it a one-possession game.
However, SouthWest failed to recognize the game situation at the free-throw line with a minute to go, allowing North Lenoir’s Jamenia Lynch to scoop in uncontested and stick back in the missed foul shot, giving North Lenoir enough cushion to hold on for the 53-52 win.
Legendary SouthWest head coach Sandra Langley explained that Lynch was on the line for a one-and-one, but her Lady Cougars were under the impression North Lenoir had reached the double bonus. Thus, SouthWest rested on the miss.
“Everybody stood and watched,” Langley said. “They thought she had two shots. The shooter went in front of everyone.”
SouthWest’s fourth-quarter surge was fueled by five 3-pointers, two from sophomore Bailey Davis. Davis had 10 points for the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Cougars (1-2). Shayla Ellis, a senior, led the way with 17 and tossed in a 3-pointer during the fourth quarter spree. Freshman Natyshasai McKinney came off the bench and tacked on two more treys in the fourth. North Lenoir (4-2) of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference was led by the 14 points of Lynch.
The Lady Cougars visit Fike on Wednesday night.
NORTH LENOIR (53)
Lynch 10, McPhail 11, Kornegay 2, White 2, Taylor 6, Lynch 14, Stroud 8,
SW EDGECOMBE (52)
Ellis 17, Davis 10, Smallwood 7, A. Mckinney 6, N. McKinney 6, Barnes 2, Battle 2, Lewis 2, Williams, Glass.
Score by quarters:
North Lenoir 10 15 20 8 — 53
SW Edgecombe 9 5 10 28 — 52