With Greensville County trailing Northampton, N.C. 7-4, with 4:04 left in the first quarter of Thursday’s game in Emporia, senior Lenah Clements entered the game, buried a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 points during a two and a half minute stretch to push her team in front 18-12 after eight minutes of play.
The visiting Jaguars recovered from the Lady Eagle blitz and did enough to stay within striking distance. In fact, it appeared Northampton (5-4) had an answer to complete the comeback in the final frame.
Trailing 49-37 heading into the fourth quarter, senior center Rashauna Grant took over in the paint and scored 11 points on her way to a game-high 27. A Grant free throw with 1:19 left in the contest brought the Lady Jaguars within five, 55-50, but the Lady Eagles closed the deal with a Sanijah Robinson free throw and a pair of successful Clements’ foul shots from the charity stripe to push the advantage to 58-50 with 22 seconds left on the clock. Northampton’s Ny’Asia Kee Day buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final points of the contest.
Greensville defeated Northampton 55-41 in December, but coach Sharon Randolph said the visiting Jaguars were a much better team this time around.
“I thought we played well,” Randolph said. “They played us a lot tougher this time. We need to do a better job of not rushing shots when we get the lead and we need to do a better job of keeping our emotions in check, but overall I liked the effort.”
Clements scored 23 points to lead the Greensville (8-2) attack. Robinson netted 18.
Greensville 60, Windsor 14
The Lady Eagles outscored visiting Windsor 24-0 in the first quarter and coasted to a 60-14 victory.
By halftime the Greensville advantage ballooned to 36-2. A running clock throughout the second half shortened the contest. With the win the Lady Eagles improved to 6-1 in Tri-Rivers District action.
Clements and Robinson netted double-figures scoring totals with 25 points and 17 points, respectively.