The Midway Lady Raiders renewed a longtime rivalry with North Johnston Tuesday night and posted a 60-50 non-conference win.
The visiting Lady Panthers took the early lead of 15-9 after 1 quarter. By intermission, Midway, on the hot shooting of Leah Williams and J. J. Sankey, had tied it at 28.
The Lady Raiders maintained their hot hand to begin the 2nd half, and led 42-40 at the end of 3 periods. They rode the hot hand of Taylor Faircloth and went up by as much as 14 in the final frame before finishing with a 10 point cushion.
Faircloth connected for 18 points to lead the way for the home team.
Williams added 12, while Sankey provided 10 points. Alyssa Wrench contributed 6, while Brianna Butler, Rachel Hodges, Maddie Royal, and Hannah Lucas scored 3 points each. Tatyana Solomon had 2.
“We started off slow like we did against Hobbton,” assessed Midway head coach Brian Wallum. “In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters, we just kept getting better. We’re trying to convince them that they are good shooters and in the 2nd and 3rd quarters the shots started falling and that just helped confidence. When that happens, they start playing better all around.”
The Lady Raiders are 3-1. After a Wednesday date with Lakewood, they will complete the 3 night homestand on Friday as Hobbton comes to visit. North Johnston falls to 5-3.