02/07/2023
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ELIZABETHTOWN – Iveonna Ward and Laila Smith combined for 30 points Thursday to lead Elizabethtown to a 46-4 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls’ basketball victory over Tar Heel.

Ward drove to the hoop for 4 baskets in the opening quarter, and Laila Smith threw in 2 baskets and 3 free throws as the Lady Cougars raced to a 23-2 lead. Zoe Smith tossed in 2 baskets, and Ariel Cromartie,and Niyah Wooten pumped in a basket each.

Ward racked up 4 more baskets in the second quarter, teammate Mary Frances Sutton tossed in a basket, and Laila Smith made a free throw as the lead grew to 34-2. Sheryln Martinez scored the Tar Heel basket.

Sarah Dillard sank the other Lady Panther basket in the third quarter. Cromartie popped in 2 baskets, and Laila Smith cashed in a free throw and another basket to push the lead to 41-4.

Laila Smith tallied 3 more points in the final period, and Cromartie netted a basket.
Ward led all scorers with 16 points, and Laila Smith followed with 14 points. Cromartie totaled 8 points.

It was the season opener for the Lady Cougars who will play Clarkton School of Discovery Monday at Bladenboro in the Bladen County Tournament. Tar Heel, now 0-2, will play at Bladenboro Tuesday in the Bladen Tournament.

Tar Heel              2   0  2  0 – 4
Elizabethtown  23  11  7  5 – 46

TAR HEEL (4) – Kiera Lewis, Violet Allen, Sarah Dillard 2, Tah’Leyeh Singletary, Trinity Brayboy, Sheryln Martinez 2, Tianrah Willis, Alina Chavez, Karla Rodriguez, Jahyrah Priest, MarKesha Leach, Jydn Govan, Leidi Zuniga, Jamiaya Ballard.

ELIZABETHTOWN (46) – Laila Smith 14, Iveonna Ward 16, Zoe Smith 4, Ariel Cromartie 8, Shabrea Geather, Nia McKoy, Aniyah Thompson, Arelia Lewis, Hailey Bennett, Takyla Cowan, Emma Washington, Niyah Wooten 2, Mary Sutton 2.