Lady Eagles’ lead slips away against Northwest Halifax

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 11:32 PM

Two losses earlier in the season to Warren County didn’t seem to affect the confidence of Northwest Halifax very much.

The Vikings rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half Saturday to top the Eagles 56-49 and claim the Warren County Holiday Classic title.

Northwest trailed by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter and took the lead for good with 3:42 to play as the vocal Vikings’ traveling support serenaded the Eagles’ Nest with chants of “Who are we? North-west.”

“They rallied when we didn’t,” said Warren County head coach Shannon Jones. “I think it was more mental than it was physical.”

Northwest’s Lanaysha Ashe was named the tournament’s most valuable player after a 26-point performance in the championship match.

Ashe and Tyihe Moody combined to score 48 of the Vikings’ points.

Warren County’s Denaisha Wortham and Jodeci Boyd were also named to the all-tournament team. Wortham led the Eagles Saturday with 17 points and Boyd had 10 points.

Southeast Halifax claimed the consolation game with a win over Roanoke Rapids.

Warren County (5-3) visits Durham School of the Arts next Tuesday.

“They don’t want to feel like this anymore,” said Jones. “This loss really hurt. Hopefully it will jumpstart them into high gear.”

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