Goldsboro snapped its two-game losing streak with a 63-38 win against James Kenan on Tuesday night.
The teams battled back-and-forth in the first half, but the Cougars used a dominant second half to sprint past the Tigers.
“I just feel like the girls came out ready to play, and they were ready to execute what we went over in practice,” Goldsboro head coach Latina Bullock-Thomas said. “Our defense, our boxing out, our rebounding was on point, and the girls were focused.”
James Kenan started the game on a 10-4 run, but during the late stages of the first quarter, Goldsboro went on a 13-4 run to take a 17-14 lead.
However, James Kenan’s RonNyia Joyner hit a three-pointer to make it a 17-17 game at the end of the first quarter.
Unfazed, the Cougars bounced back in the second quarter, and with the score tied 24-24, Goldsboro went on a 10-4 run to close out the second quarter and led 36-28 at halftime.
The Cougars really asserted themselves in the third quarter.
“Our intensity increased, the drive increased, and I told the girls to just play hard,” Bullock-Thomas said.
Goldsboro outscored James Kenan 18-5 in the third period, and back-to-back baskets from Mary Archibald on Madison Baily toward the end of the quarter gave Goldsboro a 54-33 lead at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Tigers managed to cut Goldsboro’s lead down to 56-37, but James Kenan could not get any closer, and Goldsboro closed out the game on a 7-1 run.
“The girls played together as a unit,” Bullock-Thomas said.
Kyrah Davis paced Goldsboro with 27 points, while Archibald added 14 points. Shayla Greene contributed nine points and Amaya Lucas finished with seven points.
Goldsboro (5-4 overall) travels to Spring Creek (0-10) on Thursday.