Broughton repeats big win over Southern
Like Sisyphus compelled to perpetually roll an immense rock up a hill, the Southern girls’ basketball team did not learn from its early season errors against Raleigh Broughton and fell to the Caps 89-66 in the second round of the state 4-A playoffs Wednesday.
First-year coach Monique Fearrington expressed her frustration after the game.
“We went over everything they would do,” Fearington said. “It was scary, because it was like a repeat of last time.”
Broughton defeated Southern 78-46 when the teams met in late November. Broughton had a double digit lead by the end of the first quarter in both contests.
“They went up early and I said, ‘OK, we’re a comeback team,’” Fearington said. “But we were not hungry.”
Kaila Ealey dominated the first quarter for the Caps with 12 points, including going a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Earley finished with a game-high 26 points, 21 of which came in the first half.
Most illustrative of the Spartans’ early struggles was the fact that their first field goal of the game did not come until nearly seven minutes into the game, as Addis Lemons made an inside basket to make the score 26-6.
But things only got worse for the Spartans (19-7).
With only 3.4 seconds left in the first quarter, Southern allowed Broughton (23-5) to roll the ball up the floor, giving the Caps at least five extra seconds before Ealey picked up the ball on the Spartans’ side of the floor. She then passed it to Nicole Bellamy, who sank a 3-pointer as time expired for a 29-8 lead.
Alexis Joyner came alive for the Spartans in the second quarter, scoring eight points.
But the Caps ended the quarter with another buzzer-beating basket, as Ealey made a jumper to give them a 54-30 halftime lead.
The Spartans kept fighting, though, as Bryanna Stanton sank a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining in the third quarter to make it a 15-point game.
But like the beginning of the game, the Spartans again lost ground when they went cold on offense and failed to score a fourth-quarter field goal until Regene Watson made a shot with 1:40 remaining in the game.
Watson led the Spartans with 16 points.
Broughton 89, Southern 66
BROUGTON — Kaila Ealey 26, Justice Byrd 20 Nicole Bellamy 9, Nadine Ealey 8, Chelsey Floyd 7, Jamella Floster 5, Catherine Becton 5, Megan Sullivan 4, Kimberly Spruill 3, Anna Murray 2.
SOUTHERN — Regene Watson 16, Alexis Joyner 12, Addis Lemons 11, Bryanna Staton 11, Sydni-Kym Dobson 7, Adriana Tillman 6, Tiffani Aponte’ 3.