Gray's Creek gives Lady Jackets rough welcome
Gray's Creek (3-3, 1-0) won its third straight game and spoiled Lee County's girls basketball welcome into the Cape Fear Valley Conference with a 56-44 win Tuesday evening at Lee County.
The Lady Bears were paced by a pair of double-doubles. Wing Jalyn Taylor scored a number of tough jumpers and finished plays around the hoop to total 17 points along with 15 rebounds. Forward Kristel Black added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Lee County (2-4, 0-1) stayed in the game through most of the opening half. Gray's Creek scored two buckets in the first 0:48 and the Lady Jackets answered with buckets by Quitta Wilson and Noelle Beattie.
The Lady Jackets got the first two hoops of the second quarter to get within a 17-14 Lady Bear lead. Shantel Bennett, who led the Jackets with 13 points on the night, made a three-pointer to cut the Lady Bear advantage to 21-17.
Gray's Creek finished the half with seven straight points, then tightened up on the Lady Jacket offense after halftime to have a 12-6 edge in the third quarter.
Lady Bear point guard Taylor Williams worked well with Taylor and Black throughout the game, driving inside for her own shot or, more often, to dish off. Williams finished with 13 points and seven assists.
The Lady Jackets forced 34 Lady Bear turnovers for the game, but couldn't capitalize enough until late in the game when they won the last quarter 21-16.
Wilson had eight points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Lady Jackets. Maritza Santos had six points and eight boards and Beattie also had six points.
Lee County will try to bounce back on the road Friday night, playing at Douglas Byrd at 6 p.m.