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WILSON – Junior Daneesha Briggs poured in 31 points Tuesday night to lead Wilson Beddingfield to a 48-24 victory over West Bladen in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Playoffs.

Briggs sparked the Lady Bruins to an early 14-3 lead with 2 baskets, 2 free throws and a 3-point bomb. Junior Lainey Autry tossed in the first Lady Knight basket of the game, and sophomore Mallory Bryan netted a free throw.

Sophomore Megan Pait drained a 3-point shot, sophomore Brookee Singletary powered in a basket, and freshman Holland Davis sank a free throw as the Lady Knights trimmed the Beddingfield lead to 14-9 with 4:35 on the 1st half clock. However, a T’Johnna Harris 3-ball helped the the Lady Bruins pad the halftime margin to 19-9.

Briggs lit up the scoreboard with a pair of 3-balls, a trio of other baskets and 2 free throws as Beddingfield stretched their lead to 37-15. Singletary dropped in a basket and a free throw for West in the period. Megan Pait popped in a basket, and junior Makayla Wright added a free throw.

Sophomore Kiera Lewis drilled in a 3-point shot for West in the final period, and Singletary worked the paint for 2 more baskets. Singletary led the Lady Knight scoring with 9 points, and Megan Pait and Lewis finished with 5 points each.

Harris and Pinky Marshall followed Briggs with on the Beddingfield scoring list with 7 points each.

The Lady Knights completed their season with a 9-14 record. Beddingfield, now 20-4, will host Oxford Webb, a 69-39 winner over Midway, Thursday night.

West Bladen      3       6      6      9  – 24
Beddingfield    14      5     18    11 -48

West Bladen (24) –Lainey Autry 2, Megan Pait 5, Mallory Bryan 1, Holland Davis 1, Makayla Wright 1, Azillyah McDonald, Kirsten Warrick, Brookee Singletary 9, Kiera Lewis 5, Alina Chavez, Anasia Baxley, Hannah Pait.

Beddingfield (48) –K. J. Hill, Naziyah Blanchard 1, T’Johnna Harris 7, DeCourtlyn Ricketts 2, Pinky Marshall 7, Daneesha Briggs 31.