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Middle School Girls Basketball: Elizabethtown 27, Whiteville Central 26

ELIZABETHTOWN – Laila Smith fired in 4 of her game-high 15 points in the final quarter as Elizabethtown edged Whiteville Central 27-26 Thursday in Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball action.

Iveonna Ward added a basket in the fourth quarter and finished with 8 points for the Lady Cougars.

Mykelliona Shipman put Central ahead 8-4 with a couple of baskets in the opening period. Ward and Laila Smith dropped in baskets in the first quarter for Elizabethtown.

Laila Smith tossed in 2 baskets and a free throw in the second quarter, and Ward and Zoe Smith added baskets as the Lady Cougars trimmed the Central lead to 14-13.

Lainey Hughes and Ward threw in baskets in the third quarter, and Laila Smith sank 2 free throws and a basket to push the Lady Cougars in front 21-20 at the quarter break.

Coach Chris Davisson’s Lady Cougars raised their unbeaten record to 4-0 and will play at Tar Heel Monday in the Bladen County Tournament.

Whiteville          8  6  6  6 – 26
Elizabethtown  4  9  8  6 – 27

ELIZABETHTOWN (27) – Lainey Hughes 2, Iveonna Ward 8, Zoe Smith 2, Calise Jackson, La’Tosha Melvin, Brianna Phillips, Laila Smith 15, Aniya Thompson, Amari Richardson, Amyah Jackson.

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