Corinth Holders pulls away from Lady Eagles

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 02:44 PM

The Corinth Holders girls’ basketball team evened its record at 3-3 with a 49-34 home win over Western Harnett, Friday night. The visiting Eagles, in their first Two Rivers Conference game of the season, remained winless on the season at 0-7.

Junior Holly Price led the way for the Pirates with 16 points, and junior Khadijah Neal added 12.

After Corinth built an eight-point lead, Western Harnett’s trapping full-court press forced several turnovers and spurred a 10-0 run which gave the Eagles their only lead of the game, at 15-13.

Price’s presence in the paint helped Corinth regain the lead. Price scored 10 points in the first half, including a put back and free throw just before halftime to help the Pirates build an 18-15 lead at the break.

In the third quarter, Neal gave Corinth Holders some breathing room with a pair of three-point plays on driving layups. Neal was the only Pirates player with more than one basket in the third quarter.

Nursing a 33-26 lead, entering the fourth, Corinth Holders’ defense made sure that Western Harnett couldn’t mount a comeback. The Pirates opened the quarter with an 11-1 run, holding the Eagles scoreless for the first 2:54 of the period.

Western Harnett didn’t get its first basket of the quarter until 1:38 remained in the game, and Corinth Holders’ lead had increased to 16 points.

Pirates’ sophomore point guard Maddy Gladwell scored all eight of her points after halftime.

For Western Harnett, Junior Jonacia Harper scored all nine of her points in the second half to tie senior Meridith Randolph for the team lead.  Senior Geena Bryant added eight.

Corinth Holders was held to its lowest point total of the season, but it posted its largest margin of victory. The Pirates are a perfect 3-0 at home and winless in three road contests. Corinth has posted back-to-back double-digit victories while holding opponents below 40 points.

Corinth Holders looks to win its third straight on Tuesday when it hosts Farmville Central. Western Harnett travels to Harnett Central on Monday for a 6:30 p.m. start, in search of its first win.