No conference game is ever easy, especially when it’s against your rival.
Just ask Eastern Wayne, which pulled out a tough 47-46 victory over Goldsboro in Neuse Six 2A Conference play Tuesday night.
The Warriors (7-7 overall, 2-1 NSC) built up a 20-14 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Cougars went on an 8-2 run to tie things up 22-22 at halftime.
Goldsboro (3-10, 2-3) came out strong in the second half and managed to take the lead. Kaila Bell scored eight of her 14 points in the third quarter, while the Cougar defense limited Eastern Wayne to three field goals.
And the Cougars had a 37-30 lead with eight minutes left to play.
However, the Warriors managed to climb out of the hole they dug for themselves. Free throws from Trinity Daniels and Jada Hamilton put Eastern Wayne back in front 44-42 with two minutes left in the game.
Leila Ingram’s layup made it 46-46 with 14.5 seconds remaining. On Eastern Wayne’s next possession, Karena Harper was fouled and converted a free throw to give Eastern Wayne a 47-46 lead.
With 5.1 seconds left in the game, Goldsboro had chances to tie or retake the lead, but the Cougars could not secure the win.
Eastern Wayne travels to Spring Creek (5-9, 0-3) tomorrow, while Goldsboro heads to Beddingfield (10-4, 3-0) on Friday.
Hamilton led the Warriors with 16 points. Shuntay Douglas contributed 12 points, and Daniels finished with 10 points.
Bell and Williams paced the Cougars with 14 points apiece, and Precious Williams added 12 points.