Warren County rolls into tourney finals

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 12:02 AM

Warren County responded to a sluggish start Friday with a strong second quarter and dominant third en route to a 67-41 win over Southeast Halifax.

The Eagles advanced to the championship game of the Warren County Holiday Classic to meet Roanoke Rapids, which defeated Northwest Halifax Friday in a close contest. Warren County’s title match against its 2-A Northern Carolina Conference foe is scheduled Saturday for 7 p.m.

“I think Roanoke Rapids is a well-disciplined team,” said Warren County head coach Wanda Thompson. “They shoot the ball well. They run their offense well. I think we have to come out stronger than what we did tonight. We were a little sluggish on the defensive end.”

Warren County led Southeast Halifax 11-10 after a quarter and took a 28-18 lead into halftime.

The Eagles (8-3) used a 15-0 run in the third quarter to build a 25-point lead.

Thompson said forcing more turnovers in the second half allowed Warren County’s offense to get into a better rhythm.

Charlie Williams led the Eagles with 14 points, all of which were scored in the first three quarters.

A.J. Alston had 13 points and eight rebounds in three quarters of work for Warren County, which had 11 different players score.

Southeast Halifax meets Northwest Halifax in the consolation game at 3 p.m.