Bertie gains split in third-place games

Published 12:35 pm Thursday, December 29, 2022

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AHOSKIE – Bertie High School settled for a split in their two games here Wednesday night in the consolation round of the 31st annual Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald Holiday Classic.

Bertie’s varsity boys bounced back from its Tuesday night setback vs. Northeastern by defeating Edenton-Holmes, 59-43.

The Falcons struggled to find their shooting touch in the first quarter where they only led by two (9-7). They increased that advantage to eight points (24-16) at halftime.

Tequan Holley heated up for the Falcons in the third quarter, scoring seven of his 13 points to lead Bertie to a 38-27 lead by the end of the period.

Bertie hit their stride in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 points led by four baskets from Zy’Lee Bazemore and a deuce and a trey by Tayvien Ward.

Bazemore finished with a game-high 14 points to lead the Falcons to a third-place finish. Ward also struck for double figures with 10 points.

Ireal Hills (11 points) and Tay Williams (10) led Edenton-Holmes.

In the varsity girls third-place game, Roanoke Rapids outscored Bertie 27-7 in the second half to pull away from a narrow lead en route to a 46-19 win.

Bertie, who had struggled offensively one night earlier where they only scored five points in a loss to Northeastern, nearly doubled that output by tallying nine points in the first quarter vs. Roanoke Rapids. Triana Smallwood and Armani Bridgett accounted for all of Bertie’s scoring in the opening period where they trailed by just four at 13-9.

Both teams struggled offensively in the second period, which ended with Roanoke Rapids holding a 19-12 halftime lead.

The Lady Yellow Jackets found their touch in the second half, especially Shaniah Daniels who scored 12 of her game-high 20 points over the final two periods to lead Roanoke Rapids to the win.

Susanna Odom (8 points) and Anna King (7) added to the victorious effort.

Smallwood (9 points), Bridgett (5) and Kydra Brown (5) accounted for all of Bertie’s scoring.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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