With the win, TC Central advance to play Winterboro in the finals today at 6 p.m.
“It is a win,” TC Central head coach Robert Duncan said. “We are grateful to get past the first round of the area tournament. We are not favorable of back to back days, but that is the hand that we were dealt and we are going to make the most of it. We are going to come back tomorrow and see what happens in the area championship game.”
TC Central showed up to the game right on time and they didn’t have much time to warm up and it showed early as they came out flat. After a scoreless first few minutes, Savona Garrett scored the game opening basket as she drove straight through the Fayetteville defense for a layup, 2-0. Tiarrial Duncan scored on a layup to make it 6-2. Curteria Collins put TC ahead 8-2 on a layup, but the Lady Wolves fought their way back into the game. Back to back layups by Hailey Haynes and Brittany Snyder cut the Winterboro lead to 8-7 going to the second quarter.
Duncan was able to find her stroke from deep in the second quarter. The junior guard scored 11 points including three 3-pointers. Duncan’s 3 pointer with 3:03 left in the half to make it 21-13. Courtney Willis hit a 3-pointer to increase TC Central’s lead to 24-15 going to halftime.
TC Central took control of the game in third quarter, as their nine point lead increased to 21 points. The Fighting Tigers went on a 14-0 run. Garrett scored six straight points during the run including a layup off a turnover that increased their lead to 38-20.
“We didn’t want to come in and spend a lot of energy today,” Duncan said. “We wanted to play a good solid basketball game-we made a lot of mistakes we still got out and got to play a lot of people. It is not how much you win by it is just about winning the basketball game. We got a comfortable win and we feel good about where we are.”
“It is always a challenge,” Duncan said. “We are grateful to be in an area with such great competition. This is the third time this year and I like our chances even on the road. We are just going to play our cards see where they come out to be.”
Fayetteville was led by Ledra Leonard with 18 points. She is one of the six seniors off this season’s team. Head coach Chad Wilkerson said he is thankful for what the seniors helped the program accomplish and that they will be missed next season.