Eagles undone by Wildcats guard tandem

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 12:38 AM

Bunn’s lone Northern Carolina Conference this season is to league leader Southern Vance. Warren County was poised for an upset Tuesday in the Eagles Nest, leading the Wildcats at halftime before the visitors turned it on in the second half.

Bunn guards Tainasha Vines and Precious Walker took over, combing for 22 of the Wildcats’ 34 points in the second half of a 50-35 loss for the Eagles.

Vines led Bunn with 17 points and Walker, who was 8-of-8 at the foul line, finished with 16.

“They’re strong, really athletic around the basket,” Warren County head coach Shannon Jones said of Bunn. “It makes a difference too when you don’t box out.”

The Eagles are in the middle of the pack in the league standings, battling for a spot in the 2-A state playoffs.

Jones liked what she saw in the first half as Warren County took a 17-16 lead into intermission.

“We were just gelling as a team,” said Jones. “We’re a good team. I think we’re finally realizing that the last week of the season. I think we’re all on the same page. When we’re all on the same page, things like that happen.”

Alexis French led Warren County with 12 points, Samaria Lynch had eight points and Sha’da Bullock pulled down eight rebounds.

The Eagles visit N.C. School of Science and Math on Thursday and Warren County on Friday.

Warren County beat NCSSM last time out and dropped a game to the Raiders.

“We have to go in with the same focus and determination,” Jones said of the NCSSM game. “Of course with Southern we’re going to have to come strong. At their place, their crowd, those girls are playing unbelievably well. We just have to do what we do and come and play anyway.”

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