Brunswick County entered the third quarter of Monday’s 2A Region A Tournament quarterfinal in Emporia trailing host Greensville County 29-18 and certainly had opportunities to significantly slice a chunk off the 11-point deficit.
Greensville (20-5) did not hit from the field in the frame until Jacqueline Hill put a shot through the cylinder with 2:53 remaining in the third. Unfortunately for the visitors, they only managed to hit one shot from the field in the stanza, a Niaya Henderson bucket with 3:10 left in the third to cut the deficit to eight points, 32-24. A few successful free throws by both squads left the Lady Eagles in front 34-25 with a minute and a half remaining in the third. For those that blinked once or twice, they saw a scoreboard change in a flash as Brunswick (11-12) saw its season come to a crashing halt 57-34
Greensville’s Lenah Clements triggered a Greensville 15-0 blitz with a bucket with 1:23 remaining in the third quarter to push the lead to double-digits, 36-25. Sanijah Robinson followed with a free throw, a basket and a 3-pointer. Kailyn Pleasants put a pair of shots through the cylinder during the run, the final bucket pushing the advantage to 49-25 with four minutes remaining to secure a spot in the 2A Region A Tournament semifinals.
Henderson heated up for the Bulldogs scoring seven points in the last three and a half minutes, but Clements countered for the Eagles sinking five free throws down the stretch.
Clements scored a game-high 23 points. Robinson netted 17. Nyesha Pair set the pace for Brunswick with 16 points. Henderson scored 13.
Greensville returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Emporia to face Goochland, a 63-46 Monday winner against Prince Edward. The winner of Wednesday’s game clinches a spot in the state quarterfinal round.