NRHS girls’ eliminate Lady Hurricanes

Published 1:54 am Friday, February 21, 2014

The No. 2-seeded Nansemond River High School girls’ basketball team took down No. 3 Heritage High School by the score of 54-49 in Thursday’s Ironclad Conference tournament semifinal at King’s Fork High School.

Last Saturday, Nansemond River handily defeated the visiting Lady Hurricanes 66-40. On Thursday, the Lady Warriors got out to a good start, then let Heritage back into it. But in this instance, the higher seed held on to clinch a spot in the regional tournament and advance to Friday’s conference tourney final.

Sophomore forward Aneka Yelverton led the Lady Warriors with 16 points. Identifying a special motivation to win on Friday, she cited the recent lack of winning tradition for her team in terms of district or conference championships.

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“We want to bring that back to Nansemond,” she said.

Sophomore center Sabree Clegg scored 15 points on Thursday, while junior guard Laura Ortiz chipped in nine.

The Lady Warriors (11-11) will participate in the first of two all-Suffolk conference tournament championship games on Friday at King’s Fork High School. The No. 1 Lady Bulldogs (20-2) prevailed against Nansemond River in both of the teams’ previous meetings this month. Tip-off for their latest contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.