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Middle School Girls Basketball: Elizabethtown 40, Nakina 14

NAKINA – Iveonna Ward fired in 19 points Monday to lead Elizabethtown to a 40-14 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Nakina.

Ward filled up the rim with a trio of first quarter baskets, and Lainey Hughes made a free throw as the Lady Cougars built a 7-2 lead.

Laila Smith, Hughes, and Ward threw in 2 baskets each in the second period, and Zoe Smith tossed in a basket as the Elizabethtown lead grew to 21-8 at halftime.

Hughes pumped in 2 baskets in the third quarter, and Ward and Zoe Smith tacked on baskets as the Lady Cougars widened the gap to 29-14.

Ward sparked an 11-0 Elizabethtown closing run with 3 baskets and a free throw. Teammate Laila Smith popped in 2 more baskets in the final period.

Hughes finished with 9 points for the Lady Cougars, and Laila Smith followed with 8 points. Hailey Ward and Kaylee Etheridge scored 6 points each for Nakina.

Coach Chris Davisson’s Lady Cougars improved to 5-2 and will travel to Hallsboro Tuesday.

Elizabethtown  7  14  8  11 – 40
Nakina                2    6  6    0 – 14

ELIZABETHTOWN (36) – Lainey Hughes 9, Iveonna Ward 19, Zoe Smith 4, Calise Jackson, La’Toshia Melvin, Brianna Phillips, Laila Smith 8, Aniya Thompson, Amari Richardson, Amyah Jackson, Mary Frances Sutton, Maria Medina Leal, Heavyn Smith.

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