Lawrence lads tame Northeast

Published 9:16 am Monday, January 21, 2013

LASKER — With one of their inside players out with injury, the Northeast Academy Eagles could not match up with the bulk of the Lawrence Warrior inside game as the Warriors claimed a 58-34 victory here Friday night.

With Darren Armstong, Nathaniel Holton, Nicolas Holton and Kye Pendleton tossing in 44 of the team’s 58 points, the Warriors had no difficulty in remaining undefeated in the Tarheel Independent Conference.

Lawrence jumped out to a quick 10-1 lead midway through the first period on the strength of five points by senior Jesse White.  The Eagles scored three more points from the charity stripe while holding the Warriors scoreless the remainder of the period to cut the lead to 10-4.

The second period started with a basket by the Eagles Conner Hurdle. A steal by Northeast’s Jake Bryant lead to an easy layup for teammate Christian Fleetwood cutting the Warrior lead to 10-8 at the 6:38 mark.

A free throw by the Warriors’ Armstrong was followed by a basket from the Eagles Brandon Edwards cutting the lead to one at 11-10.

A pair of free throws a piece by the Warriors Nathaniel Holton and Nicolas Holton upped the lead to five at the 4:25 mark. Fleetwood then hit a basket to bring the Eagles back to within three at 15-12.  That’s as close as the Eagles could get the rest of the game as the Warriors went on a 16-4 run the rest of the quarter to take a 31-16 lead at the half.

The Warrior run began with a Nathaniel Holton three pointer followed by steals and layups by both Holtons for eight points in under a minute that took the wind out of the Northeast sails.

The third quarter saw the Warriors open up a 21-point lead as they outscored the home team 16-10 to claim a 47-26 score at the end of the third quarter.

The Eagles claimed the fourth quarter 12-11, but the damage had been done as the Warriors left the court still undefeated in conference play.

Leading the scoring for Lawrence were Armstrong and Nicolas Holton with 14 points, followed by Nathaniel Holton and Kye Pendleton with eight each.

For Northeast, Fleetwood had 21 to lead all scorers.

The Warriors record improves to 12-5 overall and 7-0 in conference play.  They next play at Ridgecroft on the Jan. 22.

The Eagles record falls to 4-9 overall and 2-5 in the TIC.  They next host the Rams of Ridgecroft on the Jan. 29.