Harnett Central girls fall in Tri-County 6 finals

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CAMERON — While the boys made history in the Tri-County 6 finals Wednesday night, outside of Syniah McMiller’s usual production, the Lady Trojans couldn’t get much going offensively in a 55-32 loss to Union Pines.

McMiller scored the first basket of the game on a lay-up. Union Pines added a free throw on the other end. Lya Molyneaux got herself on the board with a running floater to give Central a 4-1 advantage. Unfortunately, this was their last lead of the game. UPHS responded with a 10-0 run before McMiller scored again to end the streak. The Lady Vikings led 16-7 after one.

The second quarter didn’t offer much scoring all-around. McMiller put up all of Central’s points as the team was outscored 10-6. The Trojans trailed 26-13 at the half.

To begin the second half, McMiller put up two straight buckets. UPHS responded with two of their own. Central’s Brittany Mills finally put herself on the board with a tough lay-up under the basket. The Vikings added two more scores to own a 34-19 lead after three quarters.

The fourth quarter offered the most combined points of the game. Union Pines started off on an 8-2 run to extend their lead. After a timeout, McMiller drew a charge on the next possession and converted her free throw. Molyneaux and Mills both added free throws before McMiller scored Central’s final 6 points herself. The Vikings proved too much all-around, securing their conference title with a 52-32 win.

McMiller led Central with 25 points. Molyneaux added 4. Mills had 3.

“Basically, what it comes down to is that Union Pines is a team full of disciplined athletes and they do the small things and the fundamentals of basketball,” said Central head coach Chelsea Cabe. “My girls didn’t do those things tonight: pump fakes, bounce passes or talking on defense. It’s the small things that make a huge difference.”

Despite the championship game loss, the Lady Trojans will undoubtedly be back in action next week in the state 3A playoffs after an 18-5 season. Their seeding and opponent will be determined this weekend.

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