Eastern Wayne guard Taniyah Oates

Eastern Wayne guard Taniyah Oates goes up for a layup as Charles B. Aycock’s Madeline Patnaude contests in the third quarter of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference matchup.

Eastern Wayne senior Nyesha Best scored a game-high 24 points in the Warriors’ 54-43 victory over conference rival Charles B. Aycock at “The Nest” on Tuesday.

“I was disappointed in how our girls started off, but we responded well,” Eastern Wayne coach Michael Gurganus said. “I give coach Pate a lot of credit, his girls played hard.

“I’m happy for the win. I congratulated our girls, we toughed it out. I just have to credit Aycock. I have a lot of respect for coach Pate.”

Eastern Wayne soared to a 17-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Golden Falcons came back in the second quarter and were only down 29-23 at halftime.

Eastern Wayne, which had its five-game win streak snapped against South Central last Friday, dominated the third quarter. The Warriors outscored the Golden Falcons 16-8. Nyesha Best scored 11 straight points at the start of the third quarter to put Eastern Wayne up 38-25.

However, going into the fourth quarter, C.B. Aycock trailed 45-31.

With three minutes left in the game, the Golden Falcons were only down 49-41, but Ziomara Williams sparked a 5-2 run that all but sealed the outcome.

Myesha Best added 16 points, and Williams finished the game with 12 points.

Katlyn Parrish was C.B. Aycock’s leading scorer with 13 points. Abbey Thomas contributed 13 points for the Golden Falcons, while Sharon Moorefield recorded six points.

“Eastern Wayne is extremely good and well coached,” Golden Falcons head coach Randy Pate said. “Everyone on that team knows their role, they do a great job. I would have liked us to hit a few more shots, but we didn’t.

“The girls saw tonight they can compete, they can give themselves a chance, and that’s all we’re looking for.”

Eastern Wayne (16-5 overall, 6-3 EC) travels to J.H. Rose next Tuesday, and C.B. Aycock (3-19, 1-9) hosts Southern Wayne on Friday.