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NEWPORT --— The best varsity girls basketball season in five years at Beddingfield High ended in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs Thursday at Croatan.
The Eastern Plains Conference runner-up Lady Bruins, seeded 11th out of 32 teams in the 2-A East Region, ran into a rugged Lady Cougars squad that made stopping Beddingfield 6-foot-4 senior Makaya Everette a priority. Newport, the No. 6 seed and the champion of the 1-A/2-A Coastal 8 Conference, powered to a 57-39 conquest of the Lady Bruins, who ended their season 18-8. The Lady Cougars (25-2) will advance to the third round against No. 3 Kinston on Saturday.
Everette banged her way to a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds against a physical Croatan defense that was allowed to play hard, Beddingfield head coach Debra Pegram said.
“She didn’t make to the foul line until the second half and that hurt us,” assessed Pegram.
Seniors Kelly Hagerty and Natalie Show led Croatan with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Freshman Daneesha Briggs had 11 points for the Lady Bruins while senior Aa’Niyah Sherrod pulled down nine rebounds.
It was the final game for Lady Bruins seniors — Trinity Anderson, Shamya Best, Everette and Sherrod — who mixed with a group of five newcomers to forge Beddingfield’s best record since the 2014-15 team finished 18-4.
“We had five new people and four old people and they made it work,” Pegram said. “I’m so proud of them. We had a great year.”
Anderson 4, Sherrod 2, Briggs 11, Best 1, Everette 21.
Show 16, Roth 5, Howard 3, Cousins 6, Wolanzyk 2, Hagerty 17, Mcaloon 8.
Score by quarters:
Beddingfield 9 6 8 16 — 39
Croatan 7 17 18 15 — 57