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LELAND—North Brunswick moved a step closer to securing the No. 1 seed from the Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference in the Class 2A high school girls’ basketball playoffs with a 57-40 victory against county rival South Brunswick Friday night.
With one conference game remaining in the regular season (Monday at South Columbus), the Lady Scorpions (7-4 conference, 14-6 overall) were one win away from that goal.
They also clinched at least a share of the Brunswick County championship, with a season-ending game against West Brunswick Friday night to determine the champ.
It has been quite a turnaround for the Lady Scorpions, coming off a 6-16 season.
“I’m a defensive man,” coach Travis Fortune said following Friday’s victory. “That’s all I think about and we talk about it at practice. Defense, getting in the passing lanes, denying the ball.”
North Brunswick jumped out to a 15-1 first quarter lead Friday night and never looked back.
“We got out to a good start, and that was one of the things I stressed to them about not playing from behind,” Fortune said.
“We expended too much energy against Pender and East Columbus by playing from behind. I told them to get a good lead, pressure them and play the 32 minutes like it was the very beginning of the game.”
South Brunswick did not get its first basket until five minutes remained in the half, going 11 minutes without a field goal.
“We couldn’t run our offense,” South Brunswick coach Mike Isenberg said of the Lady Cougars (3-7 conference, 8-13 overall).
But Fortune could not think much past Monday’s game at Tabor City.
“They moved the game up a day,” Fortune said. “It’s pretty big for us. I’m looking forward to it. They know what’s expected of them. The only thing I’m hating is that we don’t get that extra day to prepare. They (South Columbus) are going to play a lot of zone, and not having the extra time to prepare for it.”
Asheley Robbins led North Brunswick with 15 points with Lynse McNeil getting 14.
Christina Deveney topped the Lady Cougars with 12 points before fouling out.
S. Brun. 1 13 11 15—40
N. Brun. 15 8 15 19—57
South Brunswick scoring: Spivey 8, Adams 9, Deveney 12, Kellett 6, Hagewood 1, Coley 4.
North Brunswick scoring: Williams 8, Robbins 15, Fisher 8, Harrison 2, Lennon 1, McNeil 14, B. Graham 7, White 1, Mills 1.