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SMITHFIELD — A 21-4 first-half run proved too much for the Smithfield-Selma High varsity girls basketball team to overcome against visiting East Wake, the top team in the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference, on Tuesday.
The Lady Spartans slid to 5-12 overall and 1-4 in Greater Neuse play with the 61-25 loss. The Lady Warriors (13-4, 5-0 GNRC) scored 15 unanswered points over the first and second quarters before the Lady Spartans’ My’shiah McQueen dropped in a free throw to make it 21-9.
“First quarter was fine, we were taking our time, after that they quit,” SSS head coach Billy Lassiter said of his players. “When they (East Wake) went up by four, they (SSS) quit. That’s just the bottom line. Nothing else to say.”
The lone bright spot for SSS was sophomore guard Khaliyah Peacock’s 18 points. After McQueen’s free throw, Peacock would score 12 of the Lady Spartans’ next 15 points — but in that time the Lady Warriors reeled off 24 points.
“No heart, just gave up,” Lassiter said. “We got down 15 at half, and they felt like they couldn’t win.”
With five games left in the season, Lassiter said he will figure out if his team is willing to continue fighting.
Kelis Carmon poured in a game-high 34 points for the Lady Warriors.
EAST WAKE (61)
Graham 3, Razor 4, Ayers 4, Ricks, Buchanan 7, O’Neal 8, Carmon 34, Gupton, Upshur 2.
Thaggard 3, Peacock 18, McQueen 4, Reddick, Forte, Moody.
Score by quarters:
East Wake 13 16 16 16 — 61
Smithfield-Selma 8 7 8 2 — 25