Goldsboro guard Precious Williams

Goldsboro guard Precious Williams (00) goes up for a layup, while Kayla Deans (5) contests. Williams finished the game with 12 points.

Goldsboro sprinted past county foe Spring Creek, 60-35, on Tuesday night.

“I think we played very well considering we lost a couple of our players midway through the season,” Goldsboro coach Latina Bullock-Thomas said. “I think they’re playing more together, and they are depending on one another, and that’s important.”

The Cougars’ pressure defense set the tone early. Spring Creek struggled to get the ball in the paint in a quarter in which the Cougars scored 12 points. Victoria Royal found a groove early by scoring six of those points. Royal finished with eight points, while Mary Archibald fnished with a team-high 15 points.

The Cougars may have been in school all day, but they made it look like just another casual Tuesday afternoon. It was all about having fun for them.

After coming out of the locker room at halftime with a 14-point lead, the Cougars took their feet off the gas pedal in the second half and cruised to a 25-point win. Despite taking fewer shots in the second half, the Cougars were firing on all cylinders, and limited Spring Creek to just five points in the third quarter, while Archibald scored seven points in the third quarter.

“The girls as whole are coming together, and they’re learning how to play with one another, and how to look for each other and just play hard, which is all I can ask for,” Bullock-Thomas said.

Goldsboro’s starters spent the fourth quarter cheering on the reserves as they rested up for what is sure to be a busy week ahead as Goldsboro gets ready for the playoffs.

“I look forward to continue to make progress and grow throughout the rest of the season. The best is yet to come,” Bullock-Thomas said.