A focused and aggressive East Wake girls basketball team ran a 67-19 clinic against the visiting Harnett Central Trojans on Tuesday.
The Warriors’ bombardment took off from the opening whistle.
Senior forward Kianna Wynn scored eight quick points in the opening two minutes. The Warriors (16-6, 11-2 Greater Neuse River 4A) scored most of their points off the fast break in the first quarter, capitalizing off of several Trojan turnovers.
East Wake’s consistent scoring and persistent rebounding spelled disaster for Harnett Central.
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“We kept our hands in the passing lane and we kept staying low,” Wynn said. “We’ve really improved since our last games.”
With the help of Wynn’s perfect shooting from down low and punishing baskets off the fast break, the Warriors jumped to a 25-5 lead in the opening frame.
The onslaught continued in the second quarter, when East Wake won several baskets attacking down low. Briana Holder, Angel Rizor and Tamira Knuckles each found easy baskets in the paint with the Warriors’ guards swinging the ball around the perimeter and finding passing lanes.
Passing was a vital advantage for East Wake, which had 10 different players score in the first half.
“I felt really good about how they moved the ball around because we have an unselfish team that doesn’t mind sharing the ball with each other,” said East Wake coach Toni Vick Dupree. “They’re playing very well as a team.”
Harnett Central (4-18, 2-11) couldn’t find an answer on the offensive end of the floor. East Wake’s zone denied looks at the paint as it attacked the Trojans’ guards at the top of the key and forced several frustrating turnovers.
“We’ve been working on defense a lot these past few weeks,” Dupree said. “We also made sure to run the floor in transition and we’re making sure we execute on offense.”
East Wake led 43-12 at the break.
Harnett Central continued to struggle with handling the ball in the second half. East Wake point guard Ciera Williams opened the half with three steals turned into fast break layups.
East Wake also found a groove from beyond the arc. Forward Jasmine Young, who hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Knuckles punished the Trojans with outside shooting.
Wynn, Knuckles and Young led the Warriors in scoring with 14, 12 and 10, respectively.
Madison Turlington led Harnett Central with five points.