With a spot in the NICSAA 2-A semifinals on the line, No. 4 seed Wayne Country Day toppled No. 5 seed Statesville Christian, 50-38.
Since losing to Eastern Wayne on Dec. 13, the Chargers have now won 13 straight games.
Jala Holloman, a senior, finished with a team-high 19 points for the Chargers (23-2, 8-0).
“We played this team earlier in the year, it was our second game of the season,” Wayne Country Day head coach Maurice Jones said. “We pulled out the victory, but we didn’t play so well. Tonight, we played extremely well, we executed our offense and defense, and gave 100 percent effort the entire game.”
After Holloman nailed a 3-pointer, the Chargers took an 11-2 lead with 4:50 left in the first quarter. It was difficult for the Lions (16-11) to overcome the hurdle of trailing so early in the game, but by the end of the first quarter they trimmed down the Chargers’ lead to 13-6.
With three remaining in the second quarter, Holloman stole the ball and hit a 3-pointer, as Wayne Country Day dominated the rest of the second quarter and led 31-20 at halftime.
“We really dug in deep on the defensive end,” Jones said. “In the first half, we did a great job pressing the ball and forcing turnovers.”
The Lions scored four straight points to start the third quarter, but Holloman drained another 3-pointer to extend the Chargers’ lead to 36-26 with 2:21 left in the third quarter.
However, going into the fourth quarter Wayne Country Day was only up 38-30. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Chargers went on an 8-3 run to take a commanding 46-33 lead, and for the rest of the game, the Chargers held a double-digit lead.
“In the second half, we knew their coach would make adjustments,” Jones said. “They’re a great team, and we take our hats off to them, but we were prepared today. We knew when they came out and made their adjustments that we’d come out with a different defense, and our girls really shut them down.
“In the second half, we fell back and played our zone. Once we got into the zone and packed it in, we neutralized them. We also really controlled the pace in the second half, and the girls never got outside of their character.”
Junior Lexi Jeffreys added 16 points for the Chargers, while Ja’Kea Brunson contributed eight points.
The Chargers will now take on No. 1 Davidson Day on Friday in the semifinals of the NICSAA 2-A tournament. The Chargers are looking forward to the challenge of playing the No. 1 seed presents.
“It’s No. 1 seed so it’ll be a tough game, but we’ll be ready,” Jones said.