Lady Falcons win again

Published 11:38 am Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WINDSOR – Bertie High School claimed win number five inside the Northeastern Coastal Conference here Tuesday night.

The Lady Falcons downed visiting Currituck County High School 57-47 behind the strength of four players in double digits. De’najah Brown led the way with 16 points for Bertie.

While the Falcons were able to pull away for the win, it didn’t look like that would be the case in the first quarter and perhaps even at the intermission. Bertie trailed 10-8 after one quarter and held a tenuous 25-23 lead at the intermission.

The third quarter saw the home team pull away, however.

After exchanging hoops midway through the quarter and extending its lead only by one point (31-28), Bertie went on a 9-2 tear to claim their first double-digit advantage of the night.

Zhiasia Bazemore started the spurt with a free throw that was followed by a three-pointer from Delvonia Swain. Currituck got its only bucket on an Amanda Gerni hoop before Brown scored from the free throw line. Bazemore and Brown then hit back-to-back buckets to make it 40-30.

Just when things started to look good for the home team, however, the Lady Knights kicked their offense back into gear. Gerni hit a triple, Kayla Powell scored a hoop and a free throw and Megan Sample added a bucket to close out the third quarter with the Bertie lead down to a single hoop (40-38).

The Lady Falcons came out of the gate quickly in the fourth period. Chaquasja Veale sandwiched a hoop and a free throw around a Shaunquisha Leary bucket as Bertie pulled ahead 45-38.

Megan Matulewicz stopped the run with a Currituck basket, but Bazemore answered by hitting one of two at the charity stripe and Kiente Shearin added a bucket for the Falcons as they went ahead 48-40.

After a Gerni score, Veale went to the line three straight times and hit five of the six free throws to push the Bertie advantage to 53-42.

The teams exchanged scores for the rest of the evening, but Currituck never got the lead below eight points.

In addition to Brown, the Lady Falcons had three others in double figures. Veale and Bazemore had 12 each while Leary had 10. Rounding out the scoring were Swain with five and Shearin with two.

Sample had 11 for the Knights while Powell had 10. Matulewicz added six and Brooke Adams had four.

The win boosted the Lady Falcons to 13-2 overall and 5-1 inside the league.