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LOUISBURG — The South Granville Lady Vikings picked up a much-needed road win over Louisburg on Feb. 4.
South Granville spoiled senior night for the Lady Warriors with a 36-33 victory.
“I am so proud of the way we played tonight,” coach Donald Kent said. “We fell behind, but never gave up. Layla (Besaw) and Aubri (Bryan) were knocking the ball away up front and that led to some big plays for us.
“It is certainly good to get some of our players back,” he added. “Imagine what we could have done if we had not had the injuries.”
Kaylin Bryant gave the Lady Vikings a 5-0 lead in the opening frame. Louisburg looked to Brooklyn Fields to score the first bucket for the Lady Warriors.
Destiny Bland and Layla Besaw crashed the boards and passed the ball to Bryant to start the fast break for an easy layup. Bland put her own spin on the ball on the next trip down the court with a layup to give South Granville a 9-2 lead.
Louisburg sent Madi Leonard to the line in hopes of slowing down the Lady Vikings. Leonard made one of four free-throw attempts for Louisburg. Michaya Epps struggled from the line making one of two for the Lady Warriors. Brooklyn Fields managed a bucket as the first quarter came to a close with South Granville leading 9-6.
Taiya Mobley canned a 3-pointer for South Granville to start the second quarter.
Brooklyn Fields toed the line and made one of two free throws and Ja’lynn Fields got on the board with a short jumper for the Lady Warriors to trim South Granville’s lead to three.
Mobley rolled to the basket for back-to-back buckets for the Lady Vikings, but Louisburg would not go away with Ja’lynn Fields scoring to tie the score at 16-all.
Samirah Massenburg scored a basket just before halftime to give Louisburg an 18-16 lead.
Leonard tacked on a pair of free throws at the start of the third quarter to extend the lead.
Aubri Bryan found an opening on the right side and connected on a short jumper, but Ja’lynn Fields had an answer for Louisburg.
The Lady Warriors sent Bryan to the line on the next play. She made one of two to keep South Granville in the game.
Mobley drilled a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc and then followed with a driving layup.
Ja’lynn Fields moved to the left side of the court for a short jumper to tie the game at 24-all.
Bryan gave South Granville a boost with a running one-hander just as time expired in the third quarter. The Lady Vikings had a 26-24 lead with one quarter remaining.
Brooklyn Fields worked to tie the score for Louisburg with a layup.
South Granville worked the ball to the right side to Bryan. She headed toward the basket and drew a foul. Bryan made both free throws for the Lady Vikings.
Epps and Leonard scored to give Louisburg a 30-28 lead. Ja’lynn Fields pushed the Louisburg lead to 32-28 with a rebound and stick back.
South Granville needed an answer and they got one with Bland feeding the ball to Bryant for a bucket. Louisburg responded with Brooklyn Fields making one of two free throws to give the Lady Warriors a 33-30 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
The Lady Vikings worked the ball inside to Bryant, who drew a foul. She made one of two attempts to trim the Louisburg lead.
Besaw stole the ball and passed the ball to Bryant, who ended up on the foul line again. She made the second of the pair to trim Louisburg’s lead to 33-32.
Bryan was able to knock the ball away from the Lady Warriors and dribbled the ball over midcourt. Bryan saw Bryant breaking toward the basket and Bryan made the pass to Bryant in the paint. Bryant muscled the ball up and into the basket to give South Granville a 34-33 lead.
South Granville was tough on defense and made Louisburg take bad shots. Bryan grabbed a rebound and the Lady Warriors fouled her immediately. Bryan made one of two from the line to stretch the lead 35-33 with time running off the clock.
Louisburg could not buy a basket and Bryant hauled down a rebound for the Lady Vikings. Louisburg had to get the ball back and decided the best way to do that was foul Bryant and hope she missed the free throws.
Bryant stepped to the line and made the first of two free throws for a 36-33 lead for the Lady Vikings.
Louisburg had a chance to tie the game, but the final shot fell well short of its mark. The Lady Vikings captured their first conference win of the season.
South Granville moved to 2-19 on the season and 1-8 in conference play.
Unofficial statistics: Taiya Mobley (12 points), Kaylin Bryant (13 points), Aubri Bryan (eight points) and Destiny Bland (two points).