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The Greenfield School varsity girls basketball rebounded from a slow first quarter to defeat Raleigh Friendship Christian, 40-33, in the first round of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plains Independent Conference tournament on Thursday.
The Lady Knights (13-6), the No. 2 seed, fell behind 10-4 in the first quarter. Head coach Bruce Wall said they weren’t taking care of the ball and not pushing the pace.
In the second quarter, the Lady Knights took control of the game behind Kaelyn Wall’s eight points. The daughter of the head coach, Kaelyn Wall would finish with a game-high 18 points.
“I’m always impressed with her, because she gives it on both ends,” Coach Wall said. “She does the things that we really need. Like when we got to have a point or when we got to have a stop, she always steps up.”
Not to be upstaged was seventh-grader Serenity McNair, who finished with 16 points in the win. Coach Wall said he counts on Kaelyn and McNair to “run the engine.” McNair said the team played better in the second and third quarter because of aggression.
“We woke up a little bit more and we actually put pressure on their guards and that helped us get out to a long run,” McNair said.
The fourth quarter, the Lady Knights let off the gas a bit, but the Lady Falcons never got closer than seven points. Mae Chamoff led the Falcons in scoring with 11 points.
The Lady Knights will now move on to their second straight CPIC championship game for the first time under Bruce Wall, but will be met by No. 1 seed and archrival Wayne Country Day, a team they are 0-2 against. Coach Wall said his team will have to play a perfect game and hope for the Lady Chargers (19-2) to play a bad game.
“Tomorrow, we’re going to have to stop them down low from getting easy rebounds and putbacks,” Kaelyn Wall said. “Also get a hand up on their shots to knock them off a little bit.”
FRIENDSHIP CHRISTIAN (33)
Chamoff 11, Harrison 7, Darby 4, Nelson 3, Beaumont 6, Willis 2.
Wall 18, McNair 16, Holland 4, Hassan 2, Parker, Godwin, Stone.
Score by quarters:
Friendship Christian 10 6 5 12 — 33
Greenfield 7 13 14 6 — 40