Lady Chargers rally, hold on for 50-49 road win over Prince Edward

Published 11:31 pm Friday, December 2, 2016

Clutch play in the final minutes from seniors Dominique Turman-Watson and TanJaNeKa White-Freeman lifted the Central High School varsity girls basketball team to a 50-49 victory over host Prince Edward County High School on Friday evening.

After holding the lead for a while, the Lady Chargers fell behind 43-37 in the second half. But then a three-pointer by senior guard Brittany Dolan sparked a run, and Central re-took the lead, 44-43, with 2:08 left in the game on two free throws made by Turman-Watson.

The Lady Eagles tied the game up at 44 on a free throw seconds later, but Central went back up off a free throw with 2:03 to go, never relinquishing the lead from that point.

A free throw by White-Freeman with 9.3 seconds provided the deciding point in the game.

“We work on free throws every day,” Central Head Coach Scott Wilson said. “That was always a tough spot for us last year. We probably spend 30 to 40 minutes every day just making the foul shots. That’s what makes the difference in a game, making all those free throws at the end.”

The Lady Chargers were playing without star senior center/forward Bri’Anna Johnson, who injured her ankle in the season opening 42-19 home win over Randolph-Henry High School on Wednesday. She will be out for two weeks.

Central (2-0) hosts Buckingham County High School on Tuesday at 7 p.m.