‘Queen’ Wadsworth and the Lady Warriors pound Pamlico

Published 9:13 am Monday, January 30, 2023

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AHOSKIE – She may be a queen off the court, but once Morgan Wadsworth steps inside the lines, the beauty becomes a beast.

Wadsworth scored early and often, pouring in a game-high 28 points to lead Ahoskie Christian School to a 58-17 rout of Pamlico Christian Academy here Friday night.

Ahoskie Christian School junior Morgan Wadsworth is presented with a commemorative basketball to signify her 1,000th career point, a milestone she reached in a game last month. ACS coach Kelly Perry made the presentation. Staff Photo by Cal Bryant

Prior to the game, Wadsworth was crowned as the school’s 2023 Homecoming Queen. Then, at halftime of the boys contest, Wadsworth was presented a basketball in honor of her 1,000th career point, a milestone she reached in a game played back on Dec. 16. Since that time, including Friday’s performance, Wadsworth has added 206 points to her career total.

“Yea, she can score, but Morgan is an all-around player,” said her head coach, Kelly Perry. “She rebounds well, she plays excellent defense, and she distributes the ball well to her teammates.”

In Friday’s game, Wadsworth scored eight of her team’s first 10 points as the Lady Warriors raced out to an 18-6 lead by the end of the opening quarter. Layla Farmer, McKenna Perry, and Carly Piland each scored one basket while Kaylee Jones swished a pair of free throws over the final four minutes of the first quarter to aided in ACS building its lead.

Jones scored back-to-back baskets to open the second period. By the time Wadsworth, Piland, and Perry added a basket each, the Lady Warriors had stretched their lead to 20+ points (28-8).

Ahoskie Christian led 39-10 at halftime.

If Pamlico Christian had any thoughts of a second half rally, Wadsworth squashed that in the third quarter. There, the junior sharpshooter scored inside, outside, and from the free throw line. Over the eight-minute stretch, Wadsworth scored 13 points as the Lady Warriors built an insurmountable 55-13 lead.

For the game, Piland added 10 points to the ACS winning effort while Jones and Perry tallied eight and six points respectively.

Lilly Matthews and Allee Jones scored seven points each to pace Pamlico Christian.

Ahoskie Christian improved to 14-9 overall with the win.

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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