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An unbelievable 3-point shooting exhibition at the outset bombed the host Fike High varsity girls basketball team to a 46-42 nonconference victory against Charles B. Aycock on Wednesday evening.
The Lady Golden Demons scored their first 12 points from 3-point range and, in building a 22-8 first-quarter advantage, drained 6-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc. For the quarter, Fike connected on 7 of its 11 shots from the floor.
Fike of the 3-A Big East Conference evened its record at 2-2 behind junior Jada Lamm, who fired in all 17 of her points in the first half, connecting on four long-range shots. Senior guard Brikayla Whitaker tossed in 16 points. Fike wound up with a season-high nine 3-pointers.
Of Lamm’s first-half performance, CBA head coach Randy Pate described: “She was hotter than a Georgia firecracker.”
The Lady Demons tallied the first nine points before CBA junior Kaitlyn Parrish hit a free throw with 4:58 showing in the opening quarter. The Fike margin was 14-1 before 5-foot-10 junior Abbey Thomas notched CBA’s first field goal with 3:14 showing.
However, the 3-A Lady Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference steadily pecked away at the lead. Junior Kaitlyn Smith’s 3-pointer closed the deficit to 30-19, and Victoria Patnaude’s basket at the buzzer produced a 33-21 Fike cushion at halftime.
CBA drew as close as five points in the third quarter before Whitaker poured in a clutch 3-pointer for Fike.
The Lady Demons scrambled to survive in the final period, but CBA never drew even.
The Lady Falcons trailed only 37-35 after Parrish’s two free throws. But Janiseya Anderson’s putback, senior Regina Barber’s free throw and Whitaker’s 3-pointer left Fike out front 43-35 midway the last quarter.
Parrish, Thomas and company crept within 43-42 and missed a shot that would have sent CBA out front. Fike’s Anderson rebounded. CBA then missed three chances from close range on the same possession before Barber grabbed the rebound and pushed Fike’s lead to 46-42 with a pair of free throws with 10.5 seconds to go.
Fike had survived taller CBA’s command of the backboards.
“Brikayla hit that big one,” relieved Fike head coach Jeff Nelson said. “We battled hard, but you’re going to struggle some nights. Our second half was not great. We gave them every opportunity to get back into the game, but we played good enough to win. It’s a good thing we played the way we did the first quarter.”
Parrish finished with a game-high 18 points for CBA, while Thomas netted 12 and controlled the backboards.
Pate contended CBA did not come away frustrated in dropping to 3-2.
“You want to win,” he declared. “But we are playing with house money; we didn’t win but three games last year. We know we’re better and we’re going to win some more games.”
CHARLES B. AYCOCK (42)
Speight, West, Oliver, Smith 5, Patnaude 2, Thomas 12, Spruill 5, Parrish 18.
J. Anderson 2, Graziani, Curlings 4, Whitaker 16, Barber 2, Harris 5, Lamm 17, S. Anderson, Owens-Wright.
Score by quarters:
C.B. Aycock 8 13 10 11 — 42
Fike 22 11 4 9 — 46