Southeast Raleigh remains perfect, wins GNRC title
Posted 11:45 a.m. Friday
Buies Creek, N.C. — Southeast Raleigh's undefeated girls basketball team had to hold off a fourth quarter rally by Knightdale in the Greater Neuse River Conference Tournament championship game on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs led by 20 points going into the fourth quarter, but a 14-point advantage in the final quarter by the Knights mean Southeast Raleigh ahd to hang on for the 49-43 win.
Both teams started slow on offense in the first quarter. Southeast Raleigh scored 10 points in the first, led by five points from Danica Lucas. Melody Prichard led Knightdale with four points in the opening quarter, but the Bulldogs led 10-8.
It was in the second quarter when Southeast Raleigh began to pull away.
The Bulldogs held Knightdale to just six points off two field goals and a free throw in the second quarter, while offensively Southeast Raleigh got points from six different players to take a 23-14 lead into halftime.
Knightdale's offensive struggles continued in the third quarter. Once again, the Knights only managed six points, and Southeast Raleigh began to heat up.
Jada McMillian scored six points in the third quarter and Lucas added four more as Southeast Raleigh outscored Knightdale 17-6 in the quarter to take a 40-20 lead into the final eight minutes.
That's when Knightdale finally found its groove offensively.
Prichard scored 15 points in the fourth quarter while Zee Bowens and Rikkai Ferguson four points a piece. After scoring just 20 points in the first three quarters, the Knights scored 23 points in the final quarter.
It was Southeast Raleigh's turn to go cold from the field. McMillian scored the only fourth quarter field goal for the Bulldogs. The other seven points in the quarter came from the free throw line.
Knightdale outscored Southeast Raleigh 23-9 in the fourth quarter, but came up just short.
McMillian led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points. She was the only Southeast Raleigh player in double-figures.
Knightdale was led in scoring by Prichard's 22 points.
Southeast Raleigh will enter the state playoffs on Tuesday with the No. 1 seed in the East, according to HighSchoolOT.com projections. Knightdale is also projected to be in the state playoffs.