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No. 2 New Hanover 59   No. 7 South Brunswick 16

The New Hanover girls’ basketball team advanced to the Mideastern Conference Tournament semifinals with an emphatic 59-16 victory over South Brunswick on Tuesday.

Ayonna Cotten.
Ayonna Cotten

With a seven-point lead after the opening eight minutes, the Wildcats doubled up South Brunswick at the break and outscored their opponents 25-2 during the third quarter.

Junior Ayonna Cotten led all scorers with 21 points. She went 2 of 4 from long range and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Azariah Fields added 13 points, with five steals and five assists.

The Wildcats improved to 18-6 overall heading into a matchup against Laney on Thursday. New Hanover swept both conference games against the Bucs this season, with a 52-29 result during the Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament.

No. 3 Laney 43  No. 6 West Brunswick 30

The Bucs jumped out to an early two-possession lead and used a big second quarter to gain some distance from West Brunswick in a 43-30 win on Tuesday night.

Lexi Melville knocked down two treys and scored eight of her game-high 15 points during the second period, while Baley Edwards went 7 of 10 from the charity stripe after the break to finish with 10 points.

Laney carried an 8-4 advantage after the first quarter and went up 20-9 at the half after Melville knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer. Edwards and Anna Porcelli each hit one shot from long range, while Jayda Malone scored six points during the final frame for the double digit victory.

The Bucs grabbed their 15th win of the season, improving to 15-10 overall.

Lola Lovitt. Photos by Rodney Williams
Lola Lovitt. Photos by Rodney Williams

No. 4 Ashley 57   No.5 Topsail 35

Ashley avenged a late season setback against Topsail as the Screaming Eagles advanced through the first round of the Mideastern Conference Tournament following a  57-35 result at Brunswick Community College on Tuesday night.

With a six-point lead headed into the second half, Ashley extended its cushion to 36-23 after three quarters and held on through the final eight minutes of regulation. Lola Lovitt dropped a game-high 27 points and Dana Craig chipped in with 13 points.

The Screaming Eagles carried a 12-6 lead into the second quarter and kept it a two-possession game at the break. Ashley outscored Topsail 12-6 during the decisive third quarter push.

Keri White led Topsail with 12 points.

Ashley got back to the .500 mark at 12-12 overall. The Screaming Eagles face top-seeded Hoggard in the tournament semifinals at 6 p.m. on Thursday. After dropping their first two meetings this season, Ashley handed the Vikings a 55-45 setback on Feb. 2.


Semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 18

No. 1 Hoggard vs. No. 4 Ashley at 6 p.m.;

No. 3 Laney vs. No. 2 New Hanover at 7:30 p.m.