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Graham's Lady Red Devils scor
ed 10 unanswered points in the
fourth quarter and went on to a 47
43 win over host South Brunswick
in the state 2-A basketball playoffs
The Lady Devils' victory ended a
highly-successful season for South
Brunswick's girls, who entered the
game ranked as the top 2-A team in
North Carolina with a 26-0 record.
Graham won with a pair of six
footers who scored inside, control
led the boards and forced the Lady
Cougars to take outside shoLs that
were off the mark more often than
"You've got to hand it to them.
They drove four hours down here
and beat us," South Brunswick
Coach Mike Isenberg said after con
soling his team.
Despite the long road trip, Gra
ham Coach Don Amos said his
squad was loose and in the right
frame of mind going into the game.
"They didn't have anything to lose,
and 1 think all the pressure was on
"You just can't imagine how it
feels," Amos added. "We've been
struggling to gel back to the top the
last couple of years and this really
helps to beat a top-ranked team and
an undefeated team."
Amos said his two big girls, 6-3
Julie Hunter and 6-0 Jan Foushcc,
were a major factor in the game.
They combined for 24 points and
challenged the Lady Cougars to
shoot over their outstretched arms.
"Our big girls helped us," said
Amos, who has coached girls' bas
ketball for 20 years, including 15 at
Graham. "They arc our first two six
footers we've had in 20 years so we
Hunter, a sophomore, led the
Lady Red Devils with 15 points and
Foushcc and guard Terry Mann
added nine each. Senior Jenny Full
wood paced South with 13 points,
and LaTonya Hankins and Erika
Bryant each scored eight.
"We knew they were going to
play zone and we w orked on that for
two days," Isenberg said. "We pre
pared for them. We knew they we
big and they were going to pack
back in that zone."
In the first quarter. South Bruns
wick's girls took a 10-8 lead but
came up empty on several excellent
scoring opportunities that could
have given them a bigger lead.
The Lady Cougars made three
steals on defense but missed layups
at the other end. South also missed
five of nine free throws in the first
quarter and hit just 13 of 22 in the
SWF PHOTOS BY DOUG ItUTTEK
SOUTH'S ERIK A BRYANT (with ball) is closely guarded by Gra
ham's Julie Hunter during last week's playoff game at Boiling
Graham's lead to ihrcc. South was
down 45-40 with 30 scconds left
when Hankins made another three to
cut the Devil lead to two.
After a Lady Cougar timeout,
Graham beat South Brunswick's
full-court press and treated an easy
basket for Hunter at the other end to
wrap up the victory.
South Brunswick, plagued by in
juries all season, was without senior
point guard Stacy Isenbcrg for the
playoff game. She re-injured her left
knee while practicing the day before
Coach Isenbcrg, Stacy's father,
said her absence hurt the Lady
Cougars' chanccs. "1 know they lost
a point guard and losing one of
those is like losing a front tooth,"
South's Tasha Sellers, one of the
team's best outside shooters, was in
foul trouble most of the game and
was held scoreless before fouling
out with 3:05 remaining.
South Brunswick went undefeated
in capturing the Waccamaw Con
ference regular-season and tourna
ment championships. "It might have
been good for us to have lost one
along the line," Isenbcrg said fol
lowing the playoff game.
Graham (19-8), the number two
seed from the Central Tar Heel
Conference, defeated Fuquay-Varina
64-43 in ilie fiisi louiiu of iiie piay
olfs to set up the game in Boiling
Score By Quarters
Graham 8 11 8 20?47
South Brunswick 10 9 II 12?43
Graham scoring: Hunter, 15;
Mann, 9; Foushcc, 9; Boggs, 8;
Clapp, 4; Wilson, 2.
South Brunswick scoring: Full
wood, 13; Bryant, 8; Hankins, 8;
Davis, 7; Brown, 5; Lee, 2.
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SENIOR JODIE BROWN squares up for a jump shot during the
iMdy Cougars' 47-43 loss last Wednesday. South lirunswick fin
ished the season 26-1.
This Saturday is the final day of
registration for the Waccamaw Ath
letic Association Dixie Youth Base
ball League. Registration was can
cclcd last Saturday due to the weath
In addition to baseball sign-ups,
the newly-formed association will
be selling barbecue and chicken bog
dinners Saturday starling at 11 a.m.
at Waccamaw Township Park. The
cost is S3.50 per plate.
Children ages 4 1/2 to 12 arc eli
gible to participate in the league. All
kids must be accompanied by a par
ent or guardian and must have a
birth certificate to register. The fee is
Neither learn shot particularly
well in the first half. The scorc was
19-19 at halflime.
At the end of the third quarter,
South's Bryant made a three-point
play and Tamcka Davis buried two
jump shots in a 7-0 run that gave the
Lady Cougars a four-point edge.
LaTonya Lee's layup at the start
of the fourth quarter gave South its
biggest lead of the game, 33-27. The
Lady Cougars went up 35-31 on
Fullwood's basket with 5:51 remain
ing, but Graham scored the next 10
The Lady Devils look the lead for
good at 36-35 on Mann's steal and
layup witli 4:10 left in the game.
With South trailing 43-37, Hank
ins hit a ihrcc-pointcr from the left
wing with 57 seconds left to cut
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