Neuse Charter had just three players on the court at the end, but that was just enough to beat North Duplin Friday night. The Cougars, because of injuries, sickness and players fouling out of the game, were down to just three players in the final seconds of the Carolina 1A Conference contest.
NCS started the game with seven players, had one player foul out with seven minutes to play, then lost another to injury about a minute later, leaving the Cougars with just five players.
A second player fouled out with 1:09 to play in the contest, leaving Neuse Charter with just four players on the court. The Cougars went down to three players after fouling a North Duplin player with 25 seconds left.
“I told the three remaining players to set up in a triangle zone,” said Cougars coach Daniel Casey. “North Duplin scored quickly to take a 50-48 lead with 15 seconds left. We got the ball in to freshman Lacey Jones who showed great poise by dribbling through the North Duplin press.”
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Jones pushed the ball upcourt and around three Rebel defenders before pulling up for a 23-foot 3-point shot. Jones’ shot found nothing but net, putting the Chargers up 51-50.
“We then fell back to the triangle zone and North Duplin missed a shot at the buzzer,” Casey said. “Our players didn’t quit, and Lacey Jones stepped up and made the shot of her life!”
The Cougars, a second-year NCHSAA program, moved to 3-5 in Carolina 1A Conference play with the victory and are 6-10 overall.
Neuse Charter won the boys game as well Friday, topping the Rebels 75-60.