Eastern Wayne girls advance to sectional final
By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on February 23, 2007 2:24 PM
WINDSOR -- Destiny's darlings refuse to go home.
Junior center Brittani Billups posted a double-double -- 30 points, 15 rebounds -- as Eastern Wayne nipped Bertie 67-66 in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Sectional No. 2 semifinals Thursday evening.
The Warriors, who collected just two wins last season, improved to 13-12 overall. They travel to unbeaten and No. 1-ranked South Central for the sectional championship on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
"It was a very hostile environment; a loud crowd that did a great job supporting their team," said fourth-year Eastern Wayne coach Brent Holland. "It was a great atmosphere to play in. I thought the girls did a great job and Brittani had a tremendous game for us."
Eastern Wayne led 36-34 at halftime, but fell behind 56-55 after three periods of play. Holland said full-court pressure fueled a 10-0 run that led to an eight-point lead in the final quarter.
"It didn't last long," said Holland.
Bertie (14-12) answered with an 8-0 spurt and neither team managed more than a one- or two-point lead the remainder of regulation. The Warriors missed four free throws, including front ends of one-on-one opportunities, down the stretch.
Yasmine Washington's offensive putback created a four-point lead in the final seconds. The Falcons hit a meaningless, running 3-pointer as time expired.
Billups blocked seven Bertie shots. Washington supplied 13 points, while freshman Danielle Daniels added 11 points, including nine from 3-point range. Eboni Reid dished out seven assists.
South Central (27-0) swept the regular-season series against Eastern Wayne. The Warriors lost a one-point decision at home and endured a lopsided road loss.
"We feel like we're a little better," said Holland. "They're the No. 1-ranked team and we feel like we have nothing to lose. We're going to play loose and very hard."
2007 N.C. High School
Athletic Association Class 3-A
Women's Basketball Playoffs
Sectional No. 2 semifinals
(at Bertie HS, Windsor)
Eastern Wayne 16 20 19 12 -- 67
Bertie 18 16 22 10 -- 66
EASTERN WAYNE (13-12)
Brittani Billups 30, Yasmine Washington 13, Danielle Daniels 11, Noelle Kelly 6, Tiara McIntyre 4, Jasmine Middleton 2, Eboni Reid 2.
Tiera Brown 19, Equalia Vines 14, Yashonti Bridges 14, Shanelle Foster 3, LaQuetta Leary 6, Devona Bond 3, Mia Howell 2, Ticorian Dulberry 5.
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