Bertie ladies dispatch Currituck

Published 5:08 pm Wednesday, January 5, 2011

WINDSOR – You couldn’t blame Bertie High girl’s basketball coach Alice Lyons if she was looking just a wee bit ahead.

If she was, she wasn’t going to let it show.

Lyons’ ladies easily dispatched Currituck Tuesday night in Windsor, 63-33, for their tenth win of the year. And – after a Friday game at Edenton – they get their first conference meeting with Northeastern Saturday afternoon at the Bertie High gym.

The Lady Eagles took a non-conference game last month in Elizabeth City during a holiday tournament.

Lyons may also have also shown foresight in starting freshman Tyessence Martin with three seniors in the game and Martin responded with eight points. Dyleeza Warren led the Bertie attack with 12 points while Ayanna Wilson was the only other Lady Falcon in double figures with 10 points and eight rebounds.  Montreshia Perry had seven points – all in the first half – and 10 rebounds.

Kayla Powell led Currituck with 10 points.

“Yes, it was a pretty simple (win),” said Lyons afterward. “We got a lot of things that we needed to work on and even though it was simple we worked on some things.

“My young players looked good in spots,” she added, “and Tyessence in a starting role really played well.”

Bertie began to pull away late in the first quarter and led it, 13-8, in those first eight minutes.

Opening the second stanza, Martin showed a lot of maturity inside as she fought for a tough rebound and got a putback to open the quarter as Bertie began to open up the game.

Warren collected Bertie’s next five points: first with a three-pointer and then with a strong putback underneath in the low post. After a pair of Currituck free throws, Perry scored the next four points for the home team before the Lady Knights had two field goals to break their scoring drought, but Bertie had doubled the score to 31-15.

Shadequa Battle had a bucket and a free throw, sandwiching a putback by Shaunquisha Leary and Bertie went into the locker room with a 21-point lead, 36-15.

Wilson opened the third quarter with a three-pointer followed by Warren’s fourth field goal of the game. Martin capped the six-point Bertie run with a steal and a layup off a Currituck turnover, but Megan Sample broke the Currituck drought with a spinning layup that circled the basket three times before dropping in making it 43-17..

That was the start of what would be a 10-point run for the Lady Knights as the Bertie reserves had trouble scoring and couldn’t crack through for the rest of the quarter no matter how much encouragement they received from the partisan home crowd as well as their teammates and coaches on the bench.

Bertie opened the fourth quarter ahead still by 21 points, but with the starters back.  Currituck got one more field goal to make it 12 straight points in their run before Wilson became the wake-up call for her team.

The senior collected a layup off a steal and then nailed a swishing three-pointer as she posed heading back upcourt. Battle came back with a three-point play, but missed the free throw.

No matter, for there were Martin and Warren to clean up with a rebound basket and then another on a three-pointer from a Currituck turnover at midcourt.

Currituck’s final five points of the game came at the free throw line where they were 5-of-6 but with the score, 55-33, Bertie’s Falcon ‘Chiclets’ came through. Freshman Zelvonia Swain got two field goals while Tatyanna Holley and Chaquasja Veale closed it out to make Bertie, 10-2.

“We took what they gave us based on the way the refs were calling the game,” said Lyons, “but I’m so proud of my young team’s effort tonight.”