Lafayette's girls beat No. 2 York

BasketballSportsJack Lambert

Coming into its first-round Bay Rivers District tournament matchup with York (14-8), Lafayette planned on attacking the hole in the center of the Falcons' defense. Little did the Rams know that hole was going to get a whole lot bigger.

Lafayette (9-11) defeated York 40-31 Tuesday as the Falcons played without BRD Player of the Year Ebony Weddington. Weddington did not attend school Tuesday and was not in the gym.

York athletic director Samuel Jackson and Falcons coach Tim Knapp declined to comment on Weddington's status. But Weddington's mother, Tanya Weddington, explained her daughter's absence.

"Ebony was not in school or at the game because she was involved in an in-school incident on Monday," Tanya Weddington said. "I've heard nothing (about her daughter's status with the team) from York High School. I know Ebony wants to get back to what she loves doing, playing for basketball for York. I hope she gets to do that."

York had defeated Lafayette twice this season. But without Weddington, who leads the BRD at 22.1 points per game, roaming the middle of the Falcons' defense, Lafayette's guards penetrated inside the lane and created havoc.

Lafayette's Desiree Jones scored a game-high 12 points, while Nikia Canady scored nine points while going 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Lafayette coach P.J. Piggott said the game plan was to get the ball down low, either with their guards or Canady posting up.

"Both times we played them, that was the plan: Let's go in to (Canady) inside," he said. "It just kind of set the tone early and got us easier points."

With Weddington out of the lineup, the Falcons looked lost early, getting outscored 17-4 in the first quarter. But York outscored the Rams 27-23 the rest of the way thanks to Krista Zentner, who led the Falcons with 10 points.

Zentner said Weddington's absence forced her and her teammates to become more aggressive as the game wore on.

"I hope everyone starts to shoot (as York goes into the regional)," Zentner said. "And instead of getting down on each other, I hope we start picking each other up."

York will play in the Region I Division 4 tournament next Tuesday.

Lafayette needed a victory Tuesday to have any hope of reaching the Region I Division 4 tournament. The Rams will travel to Bruton on Thursday.

"Whoever won between those teams at Bruton, We just want to come out and try our best and go out and win," Jones said.ƒzLAFAYETTE 40, YORK 31

LAFAYETTE (9-11): Wilcox 5, Bland 2, Tilis 2, Warring 4, A. Jones 1, Ferrell 5, D. Jones 12, Canady 9. Totals 14 11-18 40.

YORK (14-8): J. Pandolf 4, Wynne 2, Daniel 9, Zentner 10, Caldwell 2, A. Pandolf 2, Bennett 2. Totals 13 4-5 31.

Lafayetteƒr17ƒz6ƒz10ƒzƒ{7 -- 40Yorkƒrƒ{4ƒz6ƒzƒ{8ƒz13 -- 313-point goals: Lafayette 1 (Wilcox), York 1 (Daniel).

-- Marty O'Brien contributed to this reportƒz

No. 3 Bruton 59, No. 6 Smithfield 48

The Panthers pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Smithfield by 11 points. Sharmaine Baker had 24 points and 16 rebounds and Alexis Calloway added 14 points and nine rebounds for Bruton.

Smithfield's season almost certainly ended just short of making the Division 4 Region I tourney. Bruton definitely is in the Division 3 regional.ƒzBRUTON 59, SMITHFIELD 48

SMITHFIELD (10-9): Walker 8, Hamlin 12, Whitley 4, Jordan 8, L. Jones 2, R.akeisha Jones 14. Totals 18 7-12 48.

BRUTON (13-6): Warner 12, Rice 6, Tolliver 1, Calloway 14, Hendrson 2, Sharmaine Baker 24. Totals 24 10-18 59.

Smithfieldƒr10ƒz12ƒz10ƒz16 -- 48

Brutonƒr12ƒz11ƒz15ƒz21 -- 59

3-point goals: Smithfield 5 (Walker 2, Hamlin 2, R. Jones) Bruton 1 (Warner).ƒzNo. 1 Grafton 39, No. 8 Warhill 28

Morgan Heath, Rose Mulherin and Hannah Olson accounted for all of Grafton's points, and the host Clippers survived a sloppy first halfagainst Warhill. Heath also had 10 rebounds. In the second half, Grafton used a few Lions turnovers to help pull away. The Clippers will play host to Tabb on Thursday, while Warhill might advance to the Division 3 regional.

WARHILL: Petrin 7, A. Jones 3, Speed 5, Me.lanie Heath 6, C. Jones 2, Dowling 2, Ma.cy Heath 3. Totals 9 9-15 28.GRAFTON (19-3): Heath 13, Mulherin 14, Hannah Olson 12. Totals 12 13-21 39.

Warhillƒr4ƒz10ƒzƒ{6ƒzƒ{8 -- 28Graftonƒr9ƒzƒ{5ƒz13ƒz12 -- 39

3-point goals: Warhill 1 (Speed), Grafton 2 (Mulherin, Olson).ƒzNo. 5 Tabb 31, No. 4 Jamestown 27

Led by Diana Kinney's nine points, the Tigers outscored the host Eagles 15-7 in the fourth quarter. Both teams likely will participate in the Division 4 regional. Jamestown's Sherlanda Buskey scored 11, but Kieley Sutton, the Eagles' top scorer, missed the game because of injury.

TABB (14-8): Piazza 2, Sidney 5, Mahan 1, Kinney 9, Joseph 7, Candusso 7. Totals 10 FGs 11 FTs 31.

JAMESTOWN (12-9): Buskey 11, Wallace 3, McLaughlin 2, Strong 1, Myers 4, Williams 6. Totals 10 FGs 4 FTs 27.

Tabbƒr2ƒzƒ{6ƒz8ƒz15 -- 31

Jamestownƒr8ƒz10ƒz2ƒzƒ{7 -- 27

3-point goals: Jamestown 3 (Buskey 2, Wallace).

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