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E. Wayne splits at C.B. Aycock

By Neil Fuller
Published in Sports on January 9, 2005 2:01 AM

PIKEVILLE -- Quaneisha Milner made a believer out of Eastern Wayne women's basketball coach Brent Holland. Charles B. Aycock's junior point guard did a number on Holland's team, too.

Milner scored 10 points and dished out five assists -- including two behind-the-back passes to teammates for layups -- as the Lady Falcons handed visiting Eastern Wayne a 57-51 setback in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play on Friday night.

The win lifts C.B. Aycock (5-7) back above .500 in the ECC at 4-3.

"When you've got a Quaneisha Milner on your team, you've got someone who can break down a defense," Holland said. "She's tough. She's a good point guard."

Lela Reid was on the receiving end of the majority of Milner's assists, the last coming in the form of a no-look pass that Reid was able to covert into an easy basket -- and a 43-34 C.B. Aycock lead with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Reid finished with a team-high 16 points.

Much like his counterpart, Lady Falcons coach Gary Hales credited Milner.

"She's a special player," Hales said. "She's learning more and more every game. She runs the team. Quaneisha is our floor leader. I've seen her do this for many years now, and she's a fun player to watch."

The Lady Warriors (5-7, 4-3) would likely chose a different adjective.

Eastern Wayne guard Sierra King led all scorers with 17 points, and Kristen Elliott added 13.

Emily Stewart had five points and eight rebounds for C.B. Aycock.

In the men's game, Justin Richardson led four Eastern Wayne players in double-figure scoring as the Warriors escaped with a 67-64 win.

With 11.8 seconds remaining and Eastern Wayne leading 67-60, the Warriors' Landon Downes was called for fouling C.B. Aycock's Lamada Williams. Downes argued the call -- leaving Williams at the free throw line with four shots and the Golden Falcons a chance to tie the game with a 3 on the ensuing possession.

Williams converted both foul shots, but failed on both technical free throw attempts.

Game over.

C.B. Aycock coach David West put both the waning moments and his decision to have Williams shoot the technical free throws into perspective.

"(Williams) hit the first two. When a player makes those first two, the law of averages says that he'll make the next two," West said. "Our guy just missed a couple free throws, that's all. Missed free throws at the end of the fourth quarter are just as important as those missed in the first or second quarter.

"It had no bearing on the outcome of this game. None at all."

After the two teams exchanged the lead throughout the first three quarters, Eastern Wayne guard Justin Richardson hit a runner and followed with a midcourt steal and layup to give the Warriors a 61-55 lead with 1:57 remaining.

Richardson finished with 19 points, and Chris Campbell scored 14 of his 16 in the second half to lift Eastern Wayne (5-7) to 4-3 in the ECC.

"That was huge for us," Warriors coach Marvin Bowman said of Campbell's second-half performance.

Santavin Poole scored eight of his game-high 22 points to keep C.B. Aycock (6-8, 2-5) in the game until the clock expired. Montrel Sims had 14 points.