Bruins stop Ladybirds in 3rd-place tilt
Sheldon Vick | Special to The Enterprise
Southern Nash’s Darielle Whitley (2) tries to operate inside as Beddingfield’s De’Courtlyn Ricketts during a Farris & Thomas Holiday Invitational game Dec. 29 at Hunt.
WILSON — A day after dropping a down-to-the-wire contest against Fike in the first game of the 2021 Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament, the Beddingfield High girls basketball team took care of business against Southern Nash in the consolation bracket Wednesday, Dec. 29, picking up a 56-39 win to secure third place in the tournament.
Daneesha Briggs led the Bruins (6-4) with 26 points. Darielle Whitley led the Ladybirds (1-7) with 16 points.
“Our pressure, our half-court trap really got us going,” said Beddingfield head coach Jody O’Neal. “We made some shots early. Everybody contributed. We only had seven girls tonight, but that first half, that was one of our better halves we’ve played.”
The Bruins raced out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter before extending that to 35-10 at halftime and cruising to victory.
“We ran the court really well, played great defense, boxed out and rebounded,” Briggs said.
The team got valuable experience in the 2021 Yuletide Dribble Fest, playing Fike for a third time and also taking down the Ladybirds, which should serve it well in conference play.
“Fike has a great team, and playing Southern Nash, another 3-A school, is only going to prepare us for conference,” O’Neal said. “That’s what I told the girls. That’s what this nonconference has done, has gotten us ready for conference play.”
Southern Nash will host a 2-A/3-A Big East Conference matchup with Bunn on Tuesday, Jan. 4.
Briggs 26, Harris 9, Sutton 6, Marshall 6, Hill 4, Ricketts 2.
SOUTHERN NASH (39)
Whitley 16, Romero 8, Pittman 7, Richardson 4, Rooks 2.
Score by quarters:
Bedd 15 20 10 11 — 56
SN 2 8 5 24 — 39
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