Northeast edges LA
LASKER – Junior Betty Edwards paced Northeast with 17 points and three assists as she led the Lady Eagles over visiting Lawrence Academy, 42-35.
Northeast shot 31 percent (12-38) from the floor and 63 percent (17-27) from the free throw line, an improvement over Tuesday’s loss at Bethel.
Kendall Street led Lawrence with 20 points and nine boards.
The Lady Warriors struggled from the floor, shooting 20 percent (13-66).
With Lawrence leading 6-3 in the first quarter, Callie Burgess hit a deuce and Edwards added two foul shots to give Northeast a 7-6 advantage going into the second.
After a Danielle Hallman bucket, Lawrence rattled off seven straight points, including five from Street, to take a 13-9 lead.
The Eagles then scored seven unanswered points, four coming after Edwards stole the ball and took it in for the layup, as Northeast regained the lead, 16-13.
Baskets by Lawrence’s Sarah Gillam and Kathryn Taylor sandwiched an Edwards three as Northeast clung to a two-point lead (19-17) at the half.
Lacy Pfeiffer hit a Northeast basket to start the third but Street sank two foul shots and took the ball coast-to-coast, tying the game at 21.
After a Burgess foul shot Lawrence took the lead on Kathryn Gilbert’s bucket. LeAnn Barnes drove the lane for a deuce and Burgess sank two free throws to end the quarter with Northeast holding the lead, 26-23.
The story in the fourth was foul shots, as players took to the free throw line 12 times.
A basket by Burgess with 2:25 remaining gave Northeast a ten point advantage.
Lawrence chipped away at the lead and pulled within five points (38-33) after consecutive baskets by Street.
Free throws from Edwards and Barnes in the waning seconds sealed the win.
A basket by Street just before the buzzer wasn’t enough as the Lady Warriors fell, 42-35.
In Junior Varsity action Lawrence coasted to a 35-4 win. Jennifer White and Danielle Davis led the Lady Warriors with 8 points. Kaylen Rose was Northeast’s top scorer with four points.
Northeast will host conference foe Terra Ceia tonight (Tuesday) while Lawrence next takes the floor at home Tuesday while hosting Bear Grass.
Lady Eagles (42): Betty Edwards n 17, Callie Burgess n 9, LeAnn Barnes n 8, Lacy Pfeiffer n 4, Danielle Hallman n 3, Lori Coggins n 1
Lady Warriors (35): Kendall Street n 20, Sarah Gillam n 4, Kathryn Taylor n 4, Rachel Taylor n 4, Katherine Gilbert n 2, Debbie Stotesbury – 1