Bertie girls fall to Pasquotank

Published 9:41 am Friday, February 17, 2012

ELIZABETH CITY – The Lady Falcons have become a force in the Northeastern Coastal Conference over the final three weeks.

The Lady Panthers have been the immovable object, hanging on to a tie for the top spot in the league for most of the season.

The answer to the age-old question Wednesday was the immovable object stopped the irresistible force as Pasquotank County High School topped Bertie 59-42.

Despite an early Pasquotank three-pointer from Tyanna Green, the Lady Falcons were able to bounce back. Danajah Brown and Chaquasja Veale had back-to-back scores before Zakkeya Morris scored a three-pointer to give Bertie a 7-3 lead.

The Lady Panthers, however, rolled off six straight to surge back ahead before Morris scored again to tie the game at 9-all.

Chelsey Elliott, however, scored from behind the arc before the quarter ended, giving the Panthers a 12-9 lead.

The Lady Falcons roared back as the second half started with Morris and Tyessance Martin twice exchanging scores as Bertie went on an 8-0 run that put them ahead 17-12.

Kenitra Riddick and Mikeara Jordan stopped the spurt with two buckets, but Zhiasia Bazemore scored to keep Bertie ahead 19-16.

Two more scores by Riddick and Jordan gave Pasquotank a 20-19 lead, but Martin scored to put the Lady Falcons back in front.

The teams exchanged hoops before Tyanna Green gave Pasquotank a 25-22 lead late in the quarter. Morris, however, erased the deficit with a three-pointer that sent the teams into the locker room tied at 25-all.

They squads were tied again at 29 early in the third quarter, but Pasquotank went on a 6-0 spurt that gave them a 37-30 lead midway through the quarter. Despite attempts to battle back, the Falcons got only within five twice.

The Panthers then scored the final seven points of the third quarter to head into the final period ahead 48-36.

Once in the final quarter, the Panthers were able to hold Bertie at bay and secured the win to advance to the finals of the Northeastern Coastal Conference tournament.

Morris led Bertie with 21 points while Martin had 12. Jordan had 18 for the Lady Panthers and Elliott had 13.

Bertie will now prepare for next week’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs.