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A player not on the Fike High scouting report for being a high-volume scorer emerged Tuesday night for host Southern Durham in the opening round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A playoffs.
As such, the season of the Lady Golden Demons came to a close in the opening round.
Sophomore guard Saidah Muhammad baffled Fike with her dribble penetration, leading all scorers with 21 points as Fike’s season was ended with a 55-41 loss.
Fike, which tied for second in the Big East Conference but lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with Franklinton, had its season ended at 17-7 as the No. 21 overall seed in the East region. Southern Durham, the No. 12 East seed, improved to 19-7 and faces the Wilmington New Hanover-Rocky Mount winner in the second round.
The Lady Demons shot just 14 of 58 from the field for 24.1 percent accuracy, including a troubling 2-for-13 stretch in the third quarter. Southern Durham made 20 of 54 shots, good for a 37-percent clip.
Fike realized its only lead at 14-13 in the first quarter before the 3-A Big Eight Conference Lady Spartans replied with a 9-2 run. Trailing 28-20 at halftime, the Lady Demons missed several opportunities near the basket that could have cut the margin closer, but Southern Durham pushed the lead into double digits and owned a 46-27 lead after three quarters.
Senior point guard J-Naya Ephraim, a University of Illinois signee, had seven points for Southern Durham. Aniya Thigpen, a senior, led the Lady Demons with 17 points. Senior Jada Lee added 10.
Thigpen 17, Lee 10, Pernell 6, Blake 6, Kent 2.
SOUTHERN DURHAM (55)
Muhammad 21, Ephraim 6, Robinson 8, Ingram 2, Cadlett 2, McDaniel 16.
Score by quarters:
Fike 10 10 7 14 — 41
Southern Durham 13 15 18 9 — 55
Second-half struggles ice Fike
GIBSONVILLE — For a half Tuesday night, the Fike High varsity boys basketball team gave No. 3 seed Eastern Guilford all it could handle in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A playoffs.
But trailing 28-24 at the half, the Golden Demons’ offense still could not get on track in the second half.
However, Eastern Guilford did, and the result left Fike with the end of its season in a lopsided 82-45 outcome.
Fike, the No. 4 team from the Big East Conference and No. 30 in the 32-team East bracket, finished with an 11-14 record.
Eastern Guilford, champions of the 3-A Mid-Piedmont Conference, vaulted to 24-2 and will host No. 14 Roxboro Person in the second round.
Further details were unavailable.