The Midway Lady Raiders hosted the Lady Bulldogs from Wallace-Rose Hill Monday night in a rematch of a close Raider loss from last month. It was close again, but once again the Lady Raiders ended up on the short end, this time by a 48-41 final.
The Lady Bulldogs took a 14-8 lead after 1 quarter. In the 2nd period, Midway continued to struggle offensively and found themselves facing a 32-20 deficit at intermission.
The Raider offense came alive in the 3rd quarter, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 10-4. The quarter was highlighted by 2 huge baskets from Tatyana Solomon.
Midway kept the game close in the final frame. A basket and a free throw by Hannah Lucas with 1:14 remaining cut the margin to 41-39, but that was as close as the Lady Raiders would get. The visitors made crucial free throws and prevailed 48-41.
Taylor Faircloth tossed in 15 points to lead the home team. Solomon scored 7, while Lucas added 5. Alyssa Wrench contributed 4. J. J. Sankey, Logan Baggett, and Maddie Royal had 2 each.
Justice Carr led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points. Sedajah Murphy added 11.
“The first half really put us in a bind,” assessed Midway head coach Brian Wallum. “We fell far behind and just played lackadaisical. Coming off the big game against Clinton, we thought we would perform well. They played a triangle and 2 against Taylor and we missed timely shots. We played hard, especially in the 2nd half.”
The Lady Raiders fall to 10-10 overall, and 5-6 in the Four County Conference. They will travel to Heide Trask Friday night. Wallace-Rose Hill improves to 12-5 overall, and 8-2 in conference play. The Lady Bulldogs will visit East Bladen Friday.