Lady Eagles to meet Northwest Halifax in championship game
The Warren County girls team had a slow start Friday on day one of the Eagles’ holiday tournament.
But like the boys, the Lady Eagles bounced back for a convincing win. Warren County outscored Southeast Halifax 12-2 in the second quarter and went on to a 52-40 victory.
The Eagles (5-2) will meet Northwest Halifax, which defeated Roanoke Rapids Friday, in the championship game Saturday at 5 p.m.
“If we play hard and play together, we can make things happen,” said Warren County head coach Shannon Jones. “I’m looking to try to keep the girls focused and ready.”
The Eagles’ fast pace buried the Trojans in the second quarter as the home side scored five straight buckets in transition and Southeast Halifax didn’t score in the second period until the 1:05 mark.
“Some games it’s really what we depend on,” Jones said of the transition game.
Warren County freshman Jodeci Boyd turned in a couple of highlight plays on the run. She snagged a rebound and fed Deja Merritt with a long outlet pass for a score in the second quarter and started another fast break in the third with a rebound. This time, Boyd drove the length of the floor, faking a pass before finishing with a finger roll to give the Eagles a 32-18 lead.
“I think our freshmen really pulled us out of a hole today which is a good sign for the future,” said Jones.
Merritt led Warren County with nine points, Alexis French had eight points and 10 different Eagles scored.
Southeast Halifax faces Roanoke Rapids in the consolation game at 1 p.m.