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Western girls begin to hit stride

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

No one wants to discount Western Alamance just because of its girls’ basketball record.
It’s mid-January and the Warriors know it’s time to get rolling.

“Definitely a step in the right direction,” guard Allie Sykes said after the Warriors defeated rival Williams 57-41 on Friday night in a Central 3-A Conference game.

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Coach Sean Quinn put the Warriors through a grueling non-conference schedule and now is the time for a payoff.

“We’re playing better,” Quinn said. “I feel like we’re starting to come around. I think we’re going to be fine.”

The Warriors reached the third round of the Class 3-A state playoffs last year. Winning the conference is a goal, Quinn said, because that helps with seeding for the states.

Sykes said there needed to be an upgrade after a series of close defeats.

“We’re emphasizing being tough,” she said.

Winning games down the stretch has other benefits.

“We’re getting confidence when we’re playing together,” Quinn said.

The Warriors led visiting Williams 30-20 at halftime and weren’t threatened in the second half. Last year, the Bulldogs defeated Western twice by one point – with one of those going to double overtime – before the Warriors won a conference tournament semifinal matchup.
Williams coach Jason Cheek said the Warriors look like they’re tuning up.

“They’re going to be fine,” Cheek said. “Both schools bring out the best in each other.”

Sykes scored 17 points, Tina Bowers posted 15 points, and Kiya Shavers added 11 points for Western.

For Williams, Jordyn Taylor provided 14 points and Alaiyah Mitchell had 11 points.

And now, Western (9-6) has won four consecutive games after conquering host South Central 55-48 in Monday’s non-league game.

The Warriors defeated North Carolina School of Science and Math 67-17 at home a week ago Wednesday with Sykes scoring 17 points and Emma Johnson posting 14.

• Williams recovered from the Western game to snap a three-game skid by toppling previously undefeated Falls Lake Academy 66-62 in Monday’s Tony Perrou Classic at Southern Alamance.

Mitchell poured in 20 points, Taylor posted 18 points, Scout Winter had 13 points, and Regan Averett notched 10 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs (9-5).

Williams overcame 37 points from Falls Lake’s Emerson Thompson.

• Southern Alamance has its first three-game winning streak of the season after defeating visiting Western Guilford 59-54 in Monday’s Tony Perrou Classic.

“That was big for us, getting on a little bit of a run,” Southern coach Will Robinson said.
Morgan Isley racked up 18 points, Madison Brouillard had 17 points and Sunny Yarnell added 11 points for the Patriots (7-9).

Last week, Southern won 37-30 at Roxboro Person behind Isley’s 12 points and Brouillard’s 11 points in a Central 3-A Conference game. The Patriots followed that by edging host East Chapel Hill 38-36 with Brouillard providing 14 points and Isley scoring 10.

• Eastern Alamance has won four straight games, including two this week.

The Eagles beat Graham 65-30 in Monday’s Tony Perrou Classic with Makayla Thompson scoring 10 points. Graham’s Jaylisa Lawson had all of her team’s points.

Eastern then topped visiting Roxboro Person 66-24 in Tuesday night’s Central 3-A Conference home game. Thompson and Marion Scott both had 10 points and Aliya Trollinger added eight points for the Eagles (9-7, 3-1).

“We got into conference play and we’ve got some confidence builders,” Eastern coach LeConnda Curry said. “These games (this week) we were able to use some more players and that helps for everybody. We had some really good ball movement.”

Eastern won a Central 3-A Conference game by 39-35 last Friday night at Cedar Ridge as Ayanna Garner had 10 points and Thompson supplied nine points and 15 rebounds.

• Southeast Alamance recorded a 59-17 romp past visiting Graham in a Mid-Carolina Conference game with Shaniya Paylor’s 14 points and Clara LaChapelle’s 12 points.

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