Fayetteville hit outside shots early to help extend their lead in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs were able to tie the game at 2-2, but Jenni Mizzell’s three-pointer with 4:13 to go gave the Lady Wolves a three-point advantage. Winterboro trailed by seven at the end of the first.
Samara Nix scored six points in the second stanza to lead Fayetteville. Tanesha Merritt sparked Winterboro’s offense with steals and easy baskets. The freshman had six points in the quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs still trailed 23-15 at intermission.
Winterboro stepped up its defense in the third quarter and outscored Fayetteville 8-6. The Lady Bulldogs missed all six of their free throws in the period and trailed 29-23 at the end of the third.
Winterboro continued to struggle from the free throw line in the final period. The Lady Bulldogs were 3 of 10 from the charity stripe in the last quarter. Fayetteville had two three-pointers in the final stanza to help extend its lead and seal the win.
Mizzell led the Lady Wolves in scoring with 15 points. Shelby King and Nix both added 12 for Fayetteville.
Jasmine Richardson led Winterboro in scoring with 15 points while Merritt added 12.
Fayetteville now awaits the winner of the Sylacauga-Talladega County Central game in the semifinal round on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in Childersburg.