Lady Warriors advance to tournament semifinals

Published 9:26 am Friday, February 16, 2024

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AHOSKIE – Twenty-nine down, two more to go.

Morgan Wadsworth drives to the basket for two of her game-high 39 points on Thursday, leading Ahoskie Christian School to a 66-45 win over Heritage Christian in the quarterfinal round of the 2024 Mid-Atlantic Christian Athletic Association Tournament. The tourney continues Friday and Saturday at the Ahoskie Christian gym. Staff Photo by Cal Bryant

The Ahoskie Christian School varsity girls advanced to the semifinals of the 2024 Mid-Atlantic Christian Athletic Association Tournament here Thursday afternoon with a 66-45 win over Heritage Christian Academy.

The Lady Warriors, who improved to 28-1 overall, will play Terra Ceia Christian in Friday’s semifinal round. The winner of that game moves to Saturday’s championship contest.

All games are being held at the Ahoskie Christian gym.

Tied at 4-4 inside thee first two minutes of Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup, Ahoskie Christian did what they do best….score in bunches.

Morgan Wadsworth tallied 10 of her game-high 39 points over the opening eight minutes, leading the Lady Warriors on a 16-2 run capped by Mara Dae White burying a buzzer-beating three-pointer from the left wing that staked Ahoskie Christian to a 20-6 lead.

After Heritage sliced its deficit to 10 points (20-10) at the outset of the second period, the Ahoskie ladies were off and running again. Wadsworth and Lacey Berryman got that outburst started as they each completed an old-fashioned three-point play. Wadsworth then connected on back-to-back baskets, the last one off a steal and lay-up, as the Lady Warriors extended their lead to 20 points (30-10) at the 4:26 mark of the period.

Over the last four minutes of the quarter, Wadsworth’s two free throws and a basket allowed Ahoskie Christian to open up a 22-point lead (34-12). But they still weren’t done as Wadsworth drilled consecutive three-pointers while Berryman added a deuce, which staked the Lady Warriors to a commanding 42-16 halftime lead.

That advantage grew to 30 points (49-19) when Berryman drilled a three-pointer at the 5:05 mark of the third period. The majority of that lead held at the end of the period where the Lady Warriors led 57-28.

Led by Cheyenne Anderson, who led Heritage with 27 points, the Lady Patriots scored 11 of the first 17 points of the fourth quarter, rallying to within 63-39, but their deficit was too much to overcome.


Lady Warriors (66)

Morgan Wadsworth – 39, Lacey Berryman – 11, Kaylee Jones – 7, Mara Dae White – 5, Lilly Lassiter – 2, Carly Piland – 2.


Lady Patriots (45)

Cheyenne Anderson – 27, Rebekah Tucker – 7, Rachel Tucker – 5, Allison Dulay – 2, Tabitha Greene – 2, Madison Hicks – 2.


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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