Lady Bears notch first league win

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 22, 2007

AHOSKIE – Oh, how sweet it is.

Hertford County High School got win number one in the Northeastern Coastal Conference for the 2006-2007 season when they rolled by Currituck 47-39 here Saturday night.

The Lady Bears jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the contest behind Joya Hardy’s four points and a free throw from Raqueta Moore.

Currituck closed within one (7-6) near the end of the first period, but the Lady Bears scored the next six points to give themselves some breathing room.

Hardy got the first hoop and then Ashley Fountain hit back-to-back shots in the second quarter as HCHS built a 13-6 advantage.

The Lady Knights got as close as three (21-18) late in the second quarter, but Kenya Cofield hit two free throws and a three-pointer before the intermission to give HCHS a 26-18 edge at the half.

Despite the HCHS push, Currituck rallied to get within four (30-26) after a 6-0 run that was both started and capped by Tiffany Ethridge.

Moore then scored and was fouled, converting a three-point play that helped spark the Bears to a 35-30 lead after three quarters of play.

The Lady Knights got as close as four (36-32) early in the fourth quarter on a Carol Cuchan hoop, but Cofield hit a field goal and a pair of free throws to give her team some breathing room.

Cofield scored two more buckets late in the period and then Rasheema Speller sealed the win from the free throw line as the Bears improved to 1-6 inside the NCC.

Cofield led the Lady Bears offensively with 20 points while Hardy added eight and Moore checked in with seven points.

Quanda Grizzle led Currituck with 14 points followed by Ethridge’s 13 points.

Hertford County is now 3-12 on the season heading into tonight (Tuesday) when they host Northeastern High School.

Lady Bears (47): Kenya Cofield n 20, J. Hardy n 8, R. Moore n 7, R. Speller n 5, A. Fountain n 4, A. Moore n 3

Lady Knights (39): Quanda Grizzle n 14, Tiffany Ethridge n 13, C. Buchan n 6, R. Bonds n 4, J. Ferrell – 2