Six county basketball teams competed in state tournaments Tuesday night, and two survived to play again on Thursday.
The boys from Washington used a fierce comeback in the second half to beat East Bladen of Elizabethtown, 53-49 at home, while the girls from Northside won 65-21 over Columbia, also at home.
15th Sown Pam Peck (15-8) scored just 17 points in the first half and was 12 behind in the break. In the middle of the third quarter, they lost by 16, and in the last quarter scored 22 points to get ahead.
“East Bladen (18th seed) is the size, and we tried to match it in the first half, which did not work, “- said” Washington “coach David Alewalt. “We went less, but faster and forced them to make quicker decisions in the attacks, which led to several thefts that we turned into a basket when we needed it. Our guys have grown a lot this evening. They trusted each other and never gave up. “
Yvonne Williams, who stopped after the theft of Jaylene Lampkins, led the pack ahead of 25 seconds.
Jeray Davenport scored 12 of his team’s 14 points in the second half, while Williams scored 11 of 13 after the break. Lampkins added 11, including three three-pointers.
On Thursday, Washington will head to the second-seeded Kinston.
Meanwhile, freshman OJ Cahoon led three Northside girls in double-digit numbers with 14 points when the Panthers, seeded fourth, increased their record to 16-2 with an easy win over № 29 for Columbia.
Maria Jones and Shean Buck have added 13 as the Panthers host the winner of Tarborough Riverside on Thursday.
16th The girls ’season at Southside ended after a 80-62 home defeat by No. 17 of the Woods Charter from Chapel Hill despite 50 points and 12 rebounds from junior Ka’Nya O’Neill.
The Seahawks (13-8) led 20-19 after the first quarter, but fell behind 42-36 at the break and were unable to recover.
“We can’t give up 80 points and expect to win,” said coach Milton Rafin. “They’ve been constantly beating us in the transition, and Ka’Nya can’t do it alone.”
The Seahawks, seeded under 28th lost, 68-48, to conference rival Pamlik County and 25th The seeded Northside boys failed, 60-56, at Smithfield vs. No. 8 Charter.
The girls of Pungo Christian Academy lost in the NCISAA semifinals with a score of 103-39 in the first seeded Grace Christian of Sanford. Lady Raiders finished 18-7, while Grace Christian played for the 1A state title on Saturday 24-1.