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SMITHFIELD — A 3-point second quarter from the Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team gave Smithfield-Selma an insurmountable lead, which led to a 45-26 win for the Lady Spartans on Thursday night.
Smithfield-Selma (2-2) held the lead 11-9 after the first, but a 13-3 second quarter gave the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Lady Spartans control of the game that they never relinquished.
“Once we got control of the game, momentum again, we went back to what we do, which is trap,” Smithfield-Selma head coach Billy Lassiter said.
The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Bruins (0-4) took their junior workhorse Makayla Everette out after she picked up her second foul in the second quarter. The Lady Spartans took advantage.
“We run a lot of stuff through her,” Beddingfield head coach Debra Pegram said. “She came out, they built a lead. Second half we cut it to 10, lose a girl, then turnover, they hit a 3.”
SSS’s leading scorer, sophomore Khaliyah Peacock, got injured midway through the second quarter. She left the game with five points. Lassiter said Peacock will be back for Friday’s game against Corinth Holders, and they just wanted to hold her out as a precaution.
With her teammate down, Paeton Moody went to work. The senior posted her highest scoring night of her season with 16 points.
“Moody played excellent tonight,” Lassiter said. “Moody rebounded, scored on the inside, help run the team on defense, she was excellent.”
For Beddingfield, it has a young lineup and it’s going to take time for it to mature. But even though the Bruins lost, their coach was happy with the effort she saw in the second half.
“I have a very young team, so we’re just trying to improve,” Pegram said. “I was very proud, especially when we cut it to 10. Even at the end of the game, I think I had all freshmen in, and I thought they did some good and positive things. You can’t get caught up in wins or losses always.”
The Lady Spartans are also young, and are coming off their first 11-win season in over 10 years. Coming into Thursday night’s game, the top three scorers for SSS were all sophomores.
“Our team is great, we’re feeling really good about the season,” Moody said. “I know that even though I won’t be here next year, they’re going to be good because I know they’re going to work hard and be here together and grow together. “
Anderson, Worsham, Dudley 3, Pope, Sherrod 1, Best, Thomas, Everette 11, Cooper 10, Farmer 1.
Thaggard 10, Reddick 5, McQueen, Lassiter 2, Peacock 5, Hill, Santos 7, Hawkins, Moody 16, Jackson, Forte, Bryant
Score by quarters:
Beddingfield 9 3 6 8 — 26
Smithfield-Selma 11 13 12 9 — 45