Lady Falcons bounce back

Published 5:25 pm Monday, January 31, 2011

WINDSOR – Well, it didn’t last long.

Bertie High School’s girls basketball team didn’t let a break in their seven game win streak last more than one game.

The Lady Falcons bounced back from a loss at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City last. Friday, BHS got back in the win column thanks to a 50-35 victory over rival Pasquotank in Windsor.

The win over the Panthers kept Bertie in first place in the Northeastern Coastal Conference race with a league record of 8-1 and 15-3 mark overall.

Zekkeya Morris led the Bertie assault with 13 points.  Montreshia Perry had 11 points to go with nine rebounds while Ebonie Perry, also with nine boards, added 10 points.

“It was hard to get this (season-sweep),” said coach Alice Lyons, “because they know you inside and out.

“I put some people in there to show me what they could do,” she added, “so I didn’t have that rebounding force I needed, but I’m going to work on that next week.”

Morris certainly showed what she could do, scoring in double figures for the sixth straight game going back to early January – placing her third on the team, averaging over 10 per game behind 1,000-point scorer, Ayanna Wilson and Perry.

“She’s a blessing,” said Lyons.  “I never know what’ll come out of her any night when she puts that uniform on, but I know she’ll come ready to play.”

The Lady Panthers hung tough with Bertie through the first quarter, erasing an early five-point Falcon lead and actually taking a 10-9 advantage before a Morris three-point play at the end of the quarter gave the home team a 12-10 lead.

Pasquotank got within two midway through the second quarter before Bertie scored the last five points of the half thanks to field goals from Shaunquisha Leary and Shadequa Battle and a free throw from Tenethia Cherry and made it a 21-16 lead at the break.

Bertie got its lead up to nine in the third quarter, 27-18, thanks to fast-break points coming on the heels of turnovers from their pressure defense.

After Pasquotank made a free throw and a layup to cut into the margin, the Lady Falcons got three-point baskets from Wilson and Khadijah White.

But because of their offensive rebounding edge and ability to score on put-backs Pasquotank was able to keep Bertie in sight and only trailed by four entering the fourth quarter, 33-29.

In the fourth quarter, Bertie was able to finally put the game away. The Falcons made 8-of-12 free throws with Perry collecting five of those at the charity stripe. Wilson, who sat out the first half, got five points in the half.

After a Perry three-pointer gave the home team a 14-point lead, they were able to salt it away for the win at the line.

“We’ve got three conference games left,” said Lyons, referring to her team’s lead in the league.  We’re going to run it all the way through until it’s time for the playoffs.”