Lady Warriors survive slow start to pull out win

Published 9:07 pm Thursday, July 16, 2009

Inconsistent tempo, turnovers, missed free throws, all the means that contribute to a loss in basketball.

Somehow the Nansemond River Lady Warriors survived all of these things and managed to pull out a 34-30 victory over Grassfield in the Churchland High School Summer League on Monday.

Aside from two quick layups by Briana McClain in the first minute and a half, the Lady Warriors struggled to get into an offensive rhythm the whole half.

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New transfer Kyri Davis penetrated and contributed a nice assist to center Lisa Sharpe to tie the game at 13 with 4:03 remaining in the first half. The Lady Warriors managed just one more field goal in the half, making the score 15-15 at the break.

The slow play trailed along with Nansemond River into the second half as the Lady Warriors struggled to keep the game close.

Davis would again play spark plug off of the bench with her court vision, making a falling pass cross-court to Kiara Washington for an easy layup with 7:40 left in the second half to put the Lady Warriors up 26-20.

Kennia Webb would score the next time trip down on an offensive rebound to give the Lady Warriors a 28-20 lead.

A combination of foul calls and turnovers prevented Nansemond River from building on this lead and pulling away from the Lady Grizzlies.

NR called timeout to regroup with 59.2 seconds remaining and a 29-27 lead. Coming out of the timeout, NR missed a field goal try, and then fouled Grassfield with 21.3 seconds left. The Lady Grizzlies made both free throws to tie the game at 29-29.

NR’s last chance at breaking the tie would result in a turnover by McClain with 7.7 seconds to play. Grassfield missed its last field goal try and a putback attempt.

Nansemond River pulled away in overtime, sparked by a Jenell Cannon steal and break-away layup. She would be fouled on the shot to give the Warriors a 34-30 lead.