Sunday, November 28, 2021
Girls Basketball: Golden Falcons Defeat Eastern Wayne On Senior Night (PHOTO GALLERY)

Girls Basketball: Golden Falcons Defeat Eastern Wayne On Senior Night (PHOTO GALLERY)

Experience.

There is no price tag for it.

After having its four-game winning snapped against D.H. Conley, C.B. Aycock turned to its most significant strength – veteran leadership – to get back on track Friday evening.

The Golden Falcons defeated Eastern Wayne 54-43 on their senior night. C.B. Aycock ends the season with an 8-5 overall record.

“There were moments of being a little sloppy because we haven’t played since last Friday, but coming off the D.H. Conley game, the girls were really confident,” C.B. Aycock head coach Randy Pate said. “I know we’ve got a playoff-caliber team.”

C.B. Aycock’s offense started hot as the Golden Falcons flew out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter.

In the second quarter, the Warriors battled back and cut C.B. Aycock’s lead down to 24-18 at halftime.

Eastern Wayne opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run, and a three-pointer from Aniya Monk tied the game 24-24.

Unphased, the Golden Falcons’ Kaitlyn Smith scored seven points in the third quarter to quell the potential rally, and C.B. Aycock led 39-29 at the end of the third quarter.

“The second half of the year, our transition has been great,” Pate said.

Trailing by double-digit points for most of the fourth quarter, the Warriors got back into contention as Jada Kent drained a pair of free throws to cut the deficit down to 45-40.

However, Abbey Thomas’ free throw and Katlyn Parrish’s basket put C.B. Aycock up by eight points with just under three minutes left in the game, and Golden Falcons held off Eastern Wayne to get the senior night win.

Thomas led the Golden Falcons with 19 points, Smith scored 18 points, while Parrish contributed 11 points.

After the game, Pate congratulated his four seniors – Kayla West, Smith, Thomas, and Parrish – for all their hard work over the past four years.

“This is a great senior class. They are definitely going to be missed,” Pate said. “All four of them did great. They wanted to go out on a high note.

“I couldn’t be happier with those four seniors. They have a special place in my heart.”

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