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An early bombardment by Hunt High served to stun visiting Fike, leading to a runaway 72-27 3-A Big East Conference varsity girls basketball victory Friday night.
Lady Warriors seniors Bria Griffith, Khala McNeil and Imani Sutton swished a 3-pointer each to stake Hunt to a 9-0 lead that turned into a 21-7 advantage by the end of the quarter.
“That kind of started it,” said Lady Warriors head coach Tiffany Parks, whose team
lost two conference games sandwiched around a blowout win at Greene Central last week. Hunt evened its conference mark at 2-2 while improving to 9-6 overall while the Lady Demons tumbled to 0-5 and 2-14 in losing for the 12th consecutive game.
Griffith, the 2018-19 Wilson Times and Big East Player of the Year, put forth one of her best performances ever with a career-high 31 points. The 5-foot-10 wing also had nine rebounds and eight steals with zero turnovers.
Parks was delighted with the last stat, citing that Hunt committed just five turnovers.
Parks was also happy to have senior Khala McNeil back after missing all three games last week, including Hunt’s 65-60 loss to Rocky Mount at home and 58-50 loss at Southern Nash.
“Having Khala makes a really big difference,” she said of the 5-3 senior point guard who scored six points against Fike.
“She scores some but she’s really more of a playmaker,” Parks added.
Sutton finished with 11 points and seven assists while senior Bri Tucker had seven points and matched Griffith with eight steals. Freshman Kayla Haley had six points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
“They moved the ball well and their fast break was a lot better,” Parks said of her team.
Sophomore Jada Lamm’s nine points led Fike while junior varsity call-up, sophomore Lamontniya Fagan had six points.
The Lady Warriors are just as busy next with a pair of huge Big East games — Tuesday at Northern Nash and Friday at Rocky Mount — with a nonconference home game against Greene Central on Wednesday.
Fike visits Southern Nash on Tuesday and Franklinton on Friday.
Anderson 4, Curlings, Barber 3, Lentz 2, Lamm 9, Williams 3, Howard, Strickland, Fagan 6, Anderson, Wilkerson.
Griffith 31, McNeil 6, Smith 7, Mercer, Haley 6, Tucker 7, Todman, McNair 2, Sutton 11, Lucas 2, Earp.
Score by quarters:
Fike 7 8 6 6 27
Hunt 21 17 19 15 72