Lady Warriors advance in half game at NEA tourney

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Ramissa Acosta of EPC battles Heather Sipes of BIC for a rebound during girls' tournament action this past Tuesday. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

EPC advanced to the second round of the NEA Invitational Tournament with a 41-24 win over BIC this past Tuesday in a game that just played the first half. Due to health concerns with several players for BIC, they decided not to play the second half of the game.

The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 5-0 lead as Madison Wiggins hit two free throws and followed with a three-pointer before BIC converted a conventional three-point play to make it 5-3. Wiggins connected on back to back three-pointers for EPC to push the lead to 10-3 as the Lady Mustangs scored inside for a 10-5 lead with 3:56 left. Markiya Ward drilled a three-ball for EPC and followed with a steal and layup to make it 15-5 only to see BIC score in the paint and hit a three-pointer to make it 15-10 Lady Warriors. Wiggins hit her third three-pointer of the quarter as BIC hit two free throws making it 18-12 EPC. The Lady Warriors got one of two free throws and a stick back basket from Bre Ward to make the score 21-12 EPC at the end of one.

BIC hit three of four free throws early in the second quarter to make the score 21-15 EPC as Wiggins scored inside for the Lady Warriors to make 23-15. The Lady Mustangs hit a trey before Hannah Taylor canned a three-ball for EPC and Bre Ward followed with a jumper in the lane for the Lady Warriors to push their lead to 28-18 with 4:26 left. BIC scored inside, Kayla Reel hit a three-ball for EPC, Bre Ward hit a jumper for the Lady Warriors as the Lady Mustangs hit one of two free throws to make it 33-21 EPC. Wiggins netted a jumper for the Lady Warriors, BIC hit one of two free throws, Markiya Ward canned a trey for EPC, the Lady Mustangs hit a baseline jumper before Markiya Ward canned a three-ball for the Lady Warriors to make the halftime score 41-24.

Wiggins scored 17 points to lead EPC in scoring as Markiya Ward tossed in 11 points. Bre Ward finished with seven points as Reel and Hannah both scored three points for the Lady Warriors.

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