Lady Trojans exact revenge, top Smithfield 48-45
Smithfield’s Lady Packers rolled into the Feb. 1 contest looking to duplicate their earlier 59-36 beatdown of New Kent’s Lady Trojans as the hoops season winds down. But in a new year and a more confident basketball team, the Lady Trojans managed to exact a measure of revenge.
New Kent showed resolve in a 48-45 victory over Smithfield, improving their record to 7-11 on the season.
The hosts dominated the first quarter as Peyton Slater and Brynne Jones accounted for nine of the team’s first 13 points. After leading the first quarter 13-8, Smithfield bounced back with back-to-back baskets by Hailiegh Land and Madie Vincent. However, the Lady Trojans held a distinct advantage from the charity stripe, going a perfect 6-6 while Smithfield shot 0-4. Those free throws helped New Kent to a 22-17 lead at the break.
New Kent held a 36-28 lead after the three quarter and looked to finish out the game. Slater’s lay-in with three minutes ago bestowed a 10-point advantage (45-35) for the hosts. But the Lady Packers weren’t done. Smithfield sank four consecutive free throws and buried a shot from the field to cut the deficit to four (45-41).
As the visitors continued to chip into New Kent’s lead (46-43) with under a minute to play, Lady Trojan Madison Foley was fouled and sent to the line for a one-and-one. Foley clanked the free throw, but Jada Hooker’s rebound and putback stretched the margin back out to five (48-43). Smithfield would add two points to the board, but time expired before anymore damage could be done on the scoreboard as New Kent survived the late scare.
After the contest, Lady Trojan head coach Neko Burson attributed the victory to team play.
“When we played them at first, they were more physical and we were sloppy,” he said. “Tonight, we played our game and showed that we could be physical and that we have improved.
“My goal is not to have superstars but to have a team,” Burson added. “A team that continues to improve game by game.”
Slater and Jones finished in double figures for the Lady Trojans with 13 and 10, respectively. Haley Hyndshaw and Hooker each scored eight, Foley tossed in five, and Emma Bell and Abby Coutu each finished with two apiece.
Land and Shakera Tucker each scored 13 for Smithfield in the losing effort.