South Central downs HC

Published 1:00 pm Wednesday, December 7, 2011

AHOSKIE – South Central High School kept the Lady Bears out of the win column Tuesday.

The visiting Falcons had eight players score as they downed Hertford County’s varsity girls 60-35.

Haley McCorkle led South Central with 17 while Hertford County’s Camaryn Jones matched that effort.

Neither team was able to get out of the gate too quickly. South Central scored three times from the foul line, but the first hoop of the game came on a Jones bucket with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter.

After that the two teams were able to start scoring as Daneisha Murray scored for South Central only to be answered by Jones, leaving the visiting team ahead 5-4.

The Lady Falcons closed the first quarter on a 4-0 run with buckets by Cierra Whitfield and Kaylin Reid to take a 9-4 advantage.

Brandi Burden scored the first hoop of the second period to close the HCHS gap to 9-6, but South Central controlled the remainder of the half, outscoring HCHS 12-1. McCorkle had four of those points as did Whitfield helping their team head into the intermission with a 21-7 lead.

The third quarter started with a Caitlin Braxton three-pointer that pushed the South Central lead to 24-7.

Hertford County then finally got the offense going again when Jones and Desiree James had back-to-back buckets. That was followed by two Jones free throws and a Burden hoop as the Lady Bears closed back within nine (24-15).

Following an exchange of hoops, South Central rolled off six straight – two from McCorkle and one from Reid – as they took a 32-17 lead.

The Lady Bears responded with a 6-2 run paced by a field goal each from Jones, James and Vanessa Mitchell as they closed the gap back to 34-23.

South Central again pulled away as they closed the third quarter on a 5-2 spurt that sent them into the fourth quarter with a comfortable 39-25 advantage.

The Falcons scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter as they put the game out of reach by taking a 47-25 advantage.

Hertford County did go on an 8-2 run late in the contest, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Bears suffered their third defeat for the season.

In addition to the double-digit effort from Jones, the Lady Bears got nine from Mitchell, five from Burden and four from James.

Braxton had 10 for the Lady Falcons while Reid had eight and Whitfield and Murray chipped in six each.