WENDELL — With just a one-point lead with less than a minute left in the game, Alexus Hicks hit four free throws on two straight possessions to clinch a 50-45 win for Southeast Raleigh against East Wake.
Southeast Raleigh (13-0 overall, 4-0 Greater Neuse River Conference) didn’t play pretty and it didn’t shoot the lights out Friday night against East Wake (7-5, 3-1), but thanks to a sharp-shooting sophomore and four late free throws with the game on the line, the Bulldogs remained undefeated.
“I’m happy with the fight and determination my team showed,” Southeast Raleigh coach Nicole Meyers said. “There were periods of time where they could have folded or laid down and died, but they showed they are a resilient group.
“There were a lot of things we did wrong, but we did enough at the right times to pull out a win, and that’s what’s important when it’s all said and done.”
While Hicks’ free throws may have guaranteed the victory for the Bulldogs, it was sophomore Amber Richardson who paced them throughout the contest.
Richardson’s 19 points – nine in the first half and 10 in the second – led all scorers. The sophomore showed her versatility by slashing to the basket and pulled up for multiple jumpers throughout the game.
Shakerrya Morrison led the East Wake attack with 13 points, but just two of those points came in the second half.
“I though Shakerrya gave it her all, but they were able to shut her down in the second half,” East Wake coach Toni Vick said.
With the win, Southeast Raleigh maintains the top spot in the conference and East Wake falls to third with the loss. With both teams bidding for a spot into the playoffs, Meyers put the win into perspective for her squad.
“Every win in the conference is important, but getting a win over a top team in the conference is huge,” Meyers said. “But our goal is to win a conference championship, and we’re only halfway there.”