CCC Tourney: Lady Eagles knock off Lexington for title
The struggles of the last month were a distant memory for East Davidson Friday night.
Freshman Madi Hallman hit four straight free throws in the closing seconds of the Central Carolina Conference finals at Lexington Senior High School, lifting the Lady Golden Eagles to a 44-40 championship win over the Jackets. The victory gives East the second seed out of the CCC and a home game in the playoffs that begin Monday.
“I am excited for the girls,” said EDHS coach Don Corry. “They have dreamed of this. Lori [Morgan] told me before we played Salisbury that we were going to win that game and go on to win the conference tournament. I told her I was going to hold her to that. And we did it.”
Lexington was in the flow of the game just fine first quarter while the youthful Golden Eagles looked nervous. Alexis Fowler’s bucket had the Jackets up 16-5, but Hallman’s 3-pointer to close the first frame helped settle her teammates down. Lexington’s jets cooled a bit as East inched closer at the half down 19-16.
“We were fortunate,” said Corry. “I think the first six minutes our youth and inexperience showed. But once we got into the flow and started settling down, we were fine.”
Jennifer Welborn scored six points third quarter to put East (17-9) in the lead, 26-24, but Jasmine Carter nearly equaled her, keeping the Jackets up four moving to the final stanza.
Fowler’s free throws had LHS up five with 4:10 left, but a pair of buckets from Morgan brought East back to within one. The freshmen decided to take it from there.
Bayley Plummer scored on consecutive trips to put East ahead by one, only to have Carter tie it by hitting one of two free throws.
After trading turnovers, Hallman was fouled with 25.7 left. She made both free throws. Lexington (13-12) missed on the other end and Plummer secured the rebound. Hallman was fouled once more and again made the pair.
Carter missed a deep 3-pointer and Plummer brought down her 17th rebound to wrap up the championship.
“I was just focused on making the free throws,” said Hallman. “It feels great to win it. We came together as a team at the end.”
Plummer finished one block shy of a triple-double having nine blocked shots to go with her 18 points. Carter had 18 points for the Jackets.
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