Enloe’s girls celebrated Senior Night for the Eagles with a huge comeback against rival Broughton in a defense-driven 80-74 victory.
The Enloe boys, though, could not find the same magic as the Caps stayed in a fight for second place in the Cap-8 Conference with a 62-49 win.
Coach Nikita Warren’s Enloe girls basketball team did not show signs of pulling off the upset in the first half by falling behind 25-11 after the first quarter. The Caps (9-14, 5-8) stayed in control in the second period that set up a 35-23 halftime lead.
But Enloe senior Brianna Lee and her teammates had other plans.
“We talked at halftime and didn’t want to go out of our final game here with an “L,” said Lee, who scored 24 points and paced the Eagles on the boards in the win. “We especially wanted the win after last time we played them. We didn’t play very well that game.”
Spurred by a strong fullcourt man defense, the Eagles scored 33 points in the third quarter to jump ahead 56-46 entering the final period. Taylor Piggott (13 points) hit a pair of free throws with 2:36 left in the quarter to put her team up 43-41, a lead the Eagles never lost. Ameera McClain (12 points) hit two 3-ponters in the hot third quarter and Biance Wilder (15) added another during the blitz.
“That fullcourt man of theirs was the difference,” said Broughton coach Brad McCorkle. “They out-toughed us tonight.”
The Enloe lead reached 15, 69-54, midway the fourth period, but Broughton’s Katie Wadsworth (26 points) then hit a pair of 3-pointers to cut the lead to 69-60 but the Eagles answered with another rally to pull away.
Enloe is 4-17 overall and 4-9 in the league, but coach Warren thought her team could get the win.
“We beat Sanderson and Sanderson beat Broughton,” Warren said. “We knew we had to contain Wadsworth, she can shoot, and we had to stop the ball. The defense would have to win it.”
Shaiyana Brown scoed 11 for Enloe. Four Broughton, Keonna Jasper (19), Marcy Waters (10), and Brittany Smith (10) also scored in double figures.
With one regular season game left for the Caps, against Heritage Friday, Broughton (15-8, 10-3) is in a battle with Heritage and Leesville Road for second place in the league, behind Millbrook.
“All of our wins are big,” Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell sai. “We can’t afford to lose.”
The Caps used a very balanced offensive attack in the win. Tharon Suggs (17), Aaron Gottfried (11), Jack Hemphill (11), Jeremy Robinson (10), and Will Baldwin (10) all scored in double figures for the winners.
Broughton used a 13-2 run to open the second half to go ahead 43-27 and Enloe could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Tyler Green led Enloe with 14 and Aaron Stabler added 10.
“The second half we picked up our defense,” Ferrell said. “And from that we got some buckets in transition. Will Baldwin and Aaron Gottfried were all over the place defensively and Tharon Suggs did a good job taking care of the ball.