Green Hope’s girls basketball team kept its season going with a 61-46 win over Wakefield in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs. This was the second meeting between the two teams as Green Hope defeated Wakefield 47-32 over the holiday break.
Green Hope didn’t have the start they were expecting as Wakefield started the game off with two free throws and the ball from a technical foul for improper equipment.
Wakefield was able to use the momentum to start the game off on a 7-0 run and force Green Hope to use a timeout.
At the start of the game it looked like an upset could be in store, but the Falcons took a five-point deficit at half and turned it into a 15-point victory.
“I thought in the first half we didn’t have the energy, I thought they had a lot more energy than we did,” Green Hope coach Mike Robinson said. “In the second half we picked the pressure up defensively, knocked down some shots, and did some different things defensively that caught them off balance.”
Green Hope’s Nia Washington and Rachel Argabright led the way for the Falcons as Washington posted 22 points and picked up five rebounds and Argabright contributed 15 points.
“We definitely had a lot of energy in the second half and just more intensity, which made our defense a lot better.” Washington said.
Wakefield’s Jada Peebles scored 14 points and Sarah Moody posted 12 points and eight rebounds.
Wakefield held the lead the whole first half and led by as many as nine, but second half struggles seemed to hurt the Wolverines down the stretch. Green Hope started the second half on a 7-0 run and Wakefield didn’t score their first points until the 5:02 mark in the third quarter on a made free throw.
“I told the girls before the game, regardless of what the situation is at halftime, you know in the third quarter that is the way they play and that’s exactly what they did,” Wakefield coach Art Wollett said.
Wakefield finished the season at 16-12 overall.
“This is such a great group of kids and they’ve been an absolute pleasure to coach,” Wollett said. “We’re so young starting three freshmen, but we’re excited about the future.”