Third quarter meltdown ruins NK victory bid
In a battle featuring a pair of struggling Bay Rivers District basketball teams, New Kent’s host Lady Trojans appeared in command over Jamestown’s Eagles after one half. A disastrous third quarter, however, spelled the hosts’ undoing as the Eagles raced to a 58-41 victory.
Jamestown overcame a two-point Lady Trojan advantage in the third quarter with a 20-0 run to highlight the win and prevent the hosts from capturing their first district contest. With the Jan. 5 loss, New Kent fell to 0-8 in the district and 1-9 overall.
New Kent coach Shequra Dickerson, visibly upset over her team’s third quarter meltdown, declined to talk with the press afterward.
The Lady Trojans scored the final five points of the second quarter to take a 27-22 lead to the locker room at halftime. Molly Maffei’s basket from the perimeter with 1:17 left and Maria Bates’ three-point play with 42 seconds to go staked the hosts to their advantage.
New Kent extended its lead to a half-dozen on an early third quarter Beth Hale free throw, but Jamestown scored the next six points to erase the hosts’ advantage. Moments later, Rachel Baldwin’s basket put New Kent in front 32-30 and forced the Eagles to the bench for a time out.
When play resumed, Jamestown’s Jessica Napoleon scored to even the affair. Then over the next three minutes, the Eagles pumped in 16 unanswered points, all coming off New Kent turnovers, to forge ahead 48-32. During the Eagle run, the Lady Trojans never got off a shot from the floor.
By the end of the third period, Jamestown had extended its run to 20-0 and led 50-32. Bates’ basket nine seconds into the final quarter ended New Kent’s scoring drought.
Bates finished with a team-high 11 points. Hale ended with seven while Maffei scored five followed by four each from Baldwin, Nikki Jones, and Kandra Taylor, three from Tyler Savage, Jalesa Johnson’s two, and McKayla Greene’s one.
Napoleon’s 15 points and 14 from Kieley Sutton topped Jamestown.
In the JV contest, Adrianne Goodlet poured in 21 points as New Kent cruised past Jamestown 39-31. Alexis Newbill scored eight for the victors followed by Anna Mathis’ six and two apiece from Ta’racya Winston and Raven Randall.