The Midway Lady Raiders got back to winning ways on Tuesday night with a win over visiting Pender. The Lady Patriots were no match for the more talented Midway team, and that was evident early on.
The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter, and took a 30-14 lead into the locker room at the break.
Midway went on to add to their lead over the next two quarters as well, leading 43-21 after the third, before closing out the visiting team, 62-35.
Leah Williams led the way for Midway, as she got off to a quick start and helped set the tone for the game. She scored 15 points for a game-high in scoring.
Freshman JJ Sankey added 12 points to the Raider total thanks to driving the lane and drawing a lot of first half fouls on the Lady Patriots.
Taylor Faircloth caught fire in the second half, scoring 10 of her 12 after intermission, including a pair of tres.
Brianna Butler went 3-5 from the field in a solid outing, adding 6 points to the Midway total. Tatyana Soloman and Freshman, Alyssa Wrench scored 5 points, Hannah Lucas scored 4, and Maddee Royal scored 3 points to go with 5 rebounds.
Williams led the way with 6 assists, and Faircloth hauled in 6 rebounds.
The Lady Raiders are in fifth place in the Four County Conference, and have a big game on the horizon, as they travel to Clinton to take on the Lady Dark Horses on Friday.
At Midway, the first time they met, Alex Canady and the Clinton pressure caused a lot of issues for the Lady Raiders, who lost by 8.
If Midway can break the Clinton press, and defend dribble penetration, they could find themselves hanging with the Horses, who are in second place in the conference.
The game, that tips at 7 p.m. Friday night, is a big one for each team, with post-season implications on the line.
Midway is now 10-8 on the season and improves to 5-4 in league play.