February 27, 2008


Lady Canes advance in state playoffs

By JORDAN TOMBERLIN

After last Friday’s victory over Jamesville in the final game of the Tideland Athletic Conference tournament, the top-seeded Lady Hurricanes (20-3) prepared to square off against the Mattamuskeet Lady Lakers (11-6) at home on Monday  in the first round of the NCHSAA State Playoffs.

The Hurricanes had met and defeated the Lakers three times throughout the course of the season, and their fourth meeting proved no different. 

The Hurricanes took a commanding lead right from the start, and the Lady Lakers simply weren’t able to keep up.  Well into the third quarter, the Lady Lakers had still had scored only four points to the Hurricanes’ 52.

The Lakers tried to come back in the fourth quarter with a brief run in which they scored the majority of their 23 points, but the Canes couldn’t be stopped. 

Led by Paxton Gwin (13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists) , Jessica Bierlein (14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists), Kristian Head (13 points, 2 assists), and Lauren Randall (10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists),  the Canes cruised to a 77-23 victory, beating the Lady Lakers by an astounding 54 points. 

On Wednesday, at home, the Hurricanes will take on the winner between Ayden-Grifton and South East Halifax, ranked numbers two and three in their respective conferences, in the second round of the playoffs.


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