KINSTON — The Goldsboro Cougars defeated the Wayne Preparatory Academy Generals 48-11 on Tuesday night to advance to the semifinals of the Lenoir Winter Classic.

Heading into the Winter Classic, both teams desperately needed a win with the Cougars 0-5 and Wayne Prep just 1-6.

The Cougars got off to a hot start against the Generals, and in the first quarter they outscored them 14-0.

The Generals were finally able to score their first basket in the second quarter of the game off a layup. The score by the Generals gave their offense the confidence they needed, and they scored nine points in the quarter while holding the Cougars to just six points, which cut the lead to 20-9 at halftime.

The Cougars saved their best offensive performance for the third quarter in which they scored 18 points. Goldsboro also held Wayne Prep scoreless in the third to take a 38-9 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Generals finally ended their scoreless drought, but it was too little and too late as the Cougars held on to win 48-11.

Cougars head coach Khadijah Bryant said she was happy with the way her players controlled the speed at which the game was played.

“Today, like every game, we had a plan, and we executed the plan today. Our plan was to get the ball out and push the ball in transition, and that’s what we did,” Bryant said.

The Lenoir Winter Classic is a mid-season basketball tournament hosted by Kinston High School in Lenoir County.

Every year, eight teams are invited to participate in the tournament. This year, Southern Wayne, New Bern, Wayne Country Day, Greene Central, Goldsboro, Wayne Prep, Rosewood and Kinston were invited to participate.

With their first win of the season, Goldsboro improved their record to 1-5. Wayne Prep fell to 1-7 with the loss.

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