Lady JV Dark Horses battle it out in S. Wayne tournament

Ruthie Pope Sports Writer

December 28, 2013

The Dark Horse junior varsity girls ended 2013 by playing in a holiday tournament at Southern Wayne on Thursday and Friday. They lost the first game in overtime, but won the consolation game against Goldsboro, 38-21.

“The girls played great. They played with 100 percent heart and hustle. I’m very proud of their play,” Clinton head coach Regina Parker said after the final game.

The Lady Horses jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter, but then S. Wayne came back before the half ended to within one point. At intermission, Clinton made a few adjustments that shut down S.Wayne’s offense to only 6 points for the entire second half to 22 points scored by the Horses.

The score by quarters: 4-11; 15-16; 19-27; 21-38.

Scoring for the Dark Horses was Kiera Mabry, who shot just one less than the entire Southern Wayne team, for a total of 20 points. Alaina Capps scored 5 points; Chelsea Underwood 4, Brittany Simmons 4, Amiyah Best 2, and Toni Whitted 3.

In their first game of the tournament, the Lady JV Dark Horses lost a close one to the home team of Southern Wayne, 45-56 in OT.

The score was back and forth for most of the game, but foul trouble for the Clinton team created a problem in overtime.

The score by quarters: 7-10, 18-20, 30-30, 45-45, final in overtime 45-56.

Alaina Capps and Kiera Mabry were top scorers for the Dark Horses with 16 and 15 points respectively. Adding to the score were Charica Joyner with 5 points; Chelsea Underwood, 4; Brittany Simmons 4; and Toni Whitted 1.

“The girls played hard, but they just couldn’t put it together in overtime. We had several girls in foul trouble and that really hurt us,” Coach Parker stated.

Conference play begins again on Friday with the Dark Horses traveling to Midway. Gametime is 4:30 p.m.