East Wake’s 1-2 punch got it done once again, this time in a rout of visiting Garner.
Angel Rizor led the charge with 21 points and 21 rebounds while junior Tamira Knuckles chipped in 16 as the Warriors crushed the Trojans 72-26 in Greater Neuse River 4A girls’ basketball on Friday night.
East Wake improved to 8-1, 2-0 in conference play with its fifth straight win, while Garner dropped to 2-5 and 0-2.
Ariona Crutchfield led the Trojans with six points.
East Wake scored no fewer than 15 points in any quarter while Garner’s high water mark was nine in the third.
Dahja Williams’ layup with 4:51 left put the Warriors up 64-23 and started the running clock.
“Right now we’re boxing out well and our defense has improved,” said East Wake coach Toni Dupree. “We still need to work on our offensive execution, getting out in transition and scoring. We can get better.”
They said it
“Rizor is a player,” Garner coach Hardrick Mays said. “They play to their strength, and I would do the same thing. We just have to play better, play better defense and be aggressive.”
After the score was tied 2-2 the Warriors ran off eight straight points ending on Jasmine Reid’s 3-pointer with 1:47 left in the first period.
Three who mattered
Angel Rizor, East Wake: The Cincinnati-bound senior center had 21 points, 21 rebounds, four blocks, four steals and three assists for one of the most impressive stat lines in school history.
“I liked the blocks,” Rizor said. “I didn’t think I was getting those numbers. I think if I box out well and play good defense those numbers will come. We just have to play hard even when we’re ahead by a lot, so we don’t ever want to let up and get into bad habits.”
Tamira Knuckles, East Wake: The junior finished with 16 points and four rebounds.
“We boxed out well, we played good defense and we hustled,” Knuckles said. “We should keep being successful if we run our offense well and keep playing good defense.”
Emiyah Brown, East Wake: The junior scored nine points with seven rebounds.
By the numbers
6: Points for Crutchfield.
16: Total points (9) and rebounds (7) from Brown.
16: Points from Knuckles.
21: Points and rebounds for Rizor.
24: Points for the Warriors in the second quarter.
East Wake visits West Johnston on Tuesday night before returning home against Rolesville on Thursday.
Garner hosts Harnett Central on Tuesday night.