Lady Rampants handle Bertie

Published 7:03 pm Wednesday, December 15, 2010

WINDSOR – Not like the first time.

Or maybe even the times in between.

The Bertie High girl’s basketball team, who used to blowout wins to start the year, suffered its first loss of the new season Monday night, 64-50, at home to visiting J.H. Rose as the Lady Rampants avenged an earlier 55-33, loss to Bertie in Greenville.

Zahkeya Morris had 17 points to pace the Lady Falcons while Ebonie Perry was the only other Bertie player in double figures with 15. Rose’s Lindsey Corbett had 28 to lead all scorers.

“They did good,” said a quiet Bertie coach Alice Lyons after the game.  “I was proud of my girls tonight.”

With several starters missing from the lineup and not dressed out for the game, Bertie fell behind 8-4 in the first quarter, but chipped away and were able to take a lead, 19-18, early in the second quarter.

Then the inexperience of some of the reserves began to show as the Lady Falcons fell victim to turnovers.  After a time-out, Rose scored seven in a row keyed by the play of Corbett. The visitors collected five of those points off Bertie miscues to lead it, 25-19, with under three minutes until the break.

Rose finished with a 14-5 run and seized command of the game, leading, 34-24, at halftime.

Rose scored two quick buckets to open the third quarter to take a 14-point lead, 38-24.

But Perry got Bertie’s next five points on a layup and a three-pointer to keep the Lady Falcons in it and trim the lead to nine.

It was still a nine-point deficit, 42-33, with four and a half minutes to go in the quarter before Rose went on another run sparked by Corbett.

After a Rose layup moved the lead back to 10, the junior wing player had back-to-back layups off Bertie turnovers before a Tatayanna Holley put-back stopped the bleeding.

That left the Lady Falcons trailing by 10 again, but Rose got another field goal and a pair of free throws to give Rose their biggest lead at 51-37 headed into the fourth quarter.

Morris got four quick points for Bertie to make it a 10-point game again two minutes into the quarter.

It was still a 10-point deficit a minute and a half later before Rose made a free throw and Bertie answered with a Tenethia Cherry layup and Bertie was just nine-down, 57-48, with three and a half minutes to play.

But Perry fouled out one minute later and Bertie could only muster one more field goal and two free throws the rest of the way. Rose made 6-of-7 free throws and got another field goal for just their second win of the year.

“It was a varsity game,” said the subdued Lyons. “My girls gave 100 percent in this game and at times they looked good tonight.”

The Lady Falcons bounced back Tuesday with a Northeastern Coastal Conference win over Pasquotank.