Southern Wayne got to celebrate senior night with a win against rival Eastern Wayne, but getting the victory was not easy for the Saints.
The Saints built up an early double-digit lead, but Eastern Wayne cut the deficit down to eight points. However, the Saints mustered up plenty of will and determination and hung on for a 42-32 win over Eastern Wayne on Wednesday evening.
After starting the season 0-2, the victory against the Warriors gave Southern Wayne its fourth straight win.
“We’re scrappy, and we’ll fight. The last few games, we’ve been pulling them out at the end,” Southern Wayne assistant coach Takisha Vann said.
Southern Wayne led 10-3 after one quarter, and the Saints outscored Eastern Wayne 16-10 during the second quarter to take a 26-13 lead at halftime.
However, both teams struggled to score in the second half, but the Saints still managed to have a 31-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.
“Traditionally, defense is what helps us out, and we focus on our defense because we are struggling offensively sometimes,” Vann said.
A basket from Eastern Wayne’s Jada Kent sparked an 8-5 run for Eastern Wayne. And with two minutes remaining in the game, Karena Harper drained a pair of free throws to make it an eight-point game.
But any chance of the Warriors forcing overtime was negated when a free throw from JaMaya Leach and a layup from Ty’Lisha Maye pushed the Saints’ lead back up to 11 points.
After the game, Vann said the Saints find ways to win ballgames.
“We’re struggling in areas, but we are finding ways to win, and that’s the biggest thing,” Vann said.
Maye finished with a game-high 17 points. Jamaiya Bass added 12 points, Sarah Lopez contributed five points, and Leach ended the game with three points.
Nay Jones scored 15 points for Eastern Wayne. Kent and Destiny Moses both scored five points.
Both squads are back in action on Friday. Southern Wayne (4-2 overall) hosts D.H. Conley (4-0), while Eastern Wayne (1-4) hosts Ayden-Grifton (1-3).