Webb girls edge Northern in another thriller
J.F. Webb watched a 12-point fourth quarter lead evaporate in about three and a half minutes at Northern Vance Tuesday.
The Vikings tied the game at 45 with 1:35 to play, setting up a frantic final 90 seconds.
Two Kechae Parker free throws with 23.6 seconds left put Northern ahead 49-48, but a Nakiyah Bullock put-back of a Starr Jones missed jumper sent Webb ahead for good, 50-49, with seven seconds left. Bullock had 15 points for the Warriors and Jones had 16.
“Tonight she just came through for us and I’m just so proud of her,” Webb coach Kenneth Rogers said of Bullock.
Tanaua White unleashed a deep 3-pointer from the right side of the court for Northern that didn’t draw rim, bouncing off the glass as time expired.
“I wasn’t mad at the look at all,” said Viking coach Randolph Crews. “We wanted to switch it. But the girls couldn’t hear us, it was so loud. But that wasn’t a bad look.”
Webb won the previous game against Northern in overtime, 59-54.
“It seems like we match up evenly and Northern Vance is always ready to play J.F. Webb for some reason,” said Rogers. “I guess it’s just a rivalry. It seems like they just always get up to play against Webb.”
Rogers was issued a technical foul with 3:50 remaining and Webb up 10. It resulted in a four-point swing that “fueled the fire,” according to Rogers.
“I didn’t feel like I was getting ready to get a technical, but I got one,” he said. “At that point, I didn’t want a technical. I didn’t see it coming, but it came. They capitalized on it. I’m just so thankful our team came through after I broke their momentum.”
Northern knocked down its final eight free throws of the fourth quarter. Parker led the Vikes with 21 points, White had 13 and Jazmine Haywood added seven.
“Well I told the girls we could do it,” Crews said of the comeback. “They got big steals, they listened to directions pretty well. We just came up short.”
Northern hosts Chapel Hill Wednesday. The Tigers are unbeaten in league play and have just one loss on the season.
“We’ll find out the measure of our team (Wednesday) because Chapel Hill is coming in here, hasn’t lost a game and they’re thinking state championship,” said Crews.
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