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BURLINGTON — Running into relentless full-court pressure at the hands of the reigning North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champions, the Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team had its second straight run to the quarterfinal round ended Saturday afternoon with a 64-24 loss to The Burlington School.
Greenfield, seeded No. 7 in the field, fell behind 33-6 after one quarter and 46-10 at the half. The Lady Knights, completing the toughest schedule in head coach Bruce Wall’s estimation during his tenure, concluded with a 15-10 record as Greenfield’s only senior and Wall’s daughter, Kaelyn, played her final high school game. Also departing the roster will be sophomore exchange student Fronzie Strohl.
“Realistically, it’s where we needed to be,” Bruce Wall said of returning to the quarterfinals. “It’s the toughest schedule we’ve played since I’ve been the coach.”
While eighth grader Serenity McNair led the way with 12 points for the Lady Knights, Wall pointed out that with the contest against The Burlington School, his Greenfield team had opposed all of the top four seeds in the 2020 postseason — No. 1 Charlotte Victory Christian, No. 2 Burlington, No. 3 Fayetteville Trinity Christian and No. 4 Sanford Grace Christian — with an opportunity to defeat the No. 4 seed coing down to the final possession during the regular season.
Aniyah Vanhook led The Burlington School (18-8) with 32 points, while Molina Williams added 15.
Citing the improved numbers in the program, Wall departed optimstic for Greenfield’s future.
“We were excited about our season this year,” Wall said. “It was a great season for the girls.”
Dean 1, McNair 12, Wall 7, Stroh 2, Williams 2.
BURLINGTON SCH. (64)
Griggs 5, Walker 6, Utley 2, Williams 15, Burns 4, Vanhook 32
Score by quarters:
Greenfield 6 4 13 1 — 24
Burlington School 33 13 10 8 — 64