The opening game of the 22nd Annual Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament got off to a sluggish start inside Trask Coliseum on Monday afternoon, but the intensity picked up after the break as the New Hanover girls held off a second half surge by T.W. Andrews to grab a 40-39 victory.
Ayonna Cotten had a team-high 15 points, while Azariah Fields went 4 of 6 from the field to finish with nine points.
Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net early. The Red Raiders converted on just two field goals over the opening 12 minutes and trailed by as many as 19 early in the third quarter before closing the deficit to one with under two minutes remaining in regulation, thanks to consecutive three-pointers by Mariah Sanders. T.W. Andrews went 2 for 20 in the first half.
With New Hanover in front 26-7 after Elizabeth Criner finished inside for two points, T.W. Andrews went on a 9-2 spurt to close the gap. The Wildcats converted on all five attempts to start the second half and finished 8 of 11 in the period to keep it a 12-point advantage headed into the final eight minutes of regulation.
Following a free throw by Kyree Hall to open the final frame for the Red Raiders, Jazlin Taylor scored six straight points to close a 7-0 run and make it a five-point deficit. An assist from Amani Muhammed to Amya Marshall for her only basket of the game made the score 38-31 and Cotton grabbed an easy lay-in to extend the cushion back to nine.
Criner added six points and four rebounds in the win and Muhammed pulled down eight boards to lead the Wildcats. T.W. Andrews connected on only 2 of 12 free throws, but outscored New Hanover 15-4 in the fourth quarter.
Taylor led all scorers with 16 points and Sanders closed with nine points for the Red Raiders, who fell to 4-6 overall. T.W. Andrews faces the loser of Laney/Socastee at 12 p.m. on Tuesday.
New Hanover improved to 8-3 on the year and play Laney in the tournament semifinals inside Trask Coliseum at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Laney 33 Socastee (S.C.) 32
Trailing by two on the final possession of the game, Lexi Melville drained the game-winning shot from behind the arc as time expired to give Laney a 33-32 win over Socastee (S.C.) in Hanover Hall.
The Bucs were held to eight total points in the first half and trailed by nine at the break. Melville and Jayda Malone combined for 21 points, all of which came over the final 16 minutes of regulation.
Mia Angelo hit four treys and helped West Florence gain a 19-8 advantage before Laney closed the gap to 24-19 headed into the four quarter. The Knights hit just 4 of 23 attempts from the free throw line, while Baley Edwards finished with six points for the Bucs. Anna Rae Porcelli also hit her only field goal from behind the arc during the final frame to aid the comeback.
Laney takes on New Hanover in the winner’s bracket semifinals at 6 p.m. inside Trask Coliseum on Tuesday. Socastee squares off against T.W. Andrews at noon.
Day two schedule
Hoggard vs. Ashley (girls) at 3 p.m.
Laney vs. New Hanover (girls) at 6 p.m.
New Hanover vs. Cary (boys) at 4:30 p.m.
Summerville vs. Roger Bacon (boys) at 7:30 p.m.
Socastee vs. T.W. Andrews (girls) at 12 p.m.
West Florence vs. Conway (girls) at 1:30 p.m.
Laney vs. T.C. Williams (boys) at 4:30 p.m.
Ashley vs. Hoggard (boys) at 6 p.m.