Lady Hawks survive, advance to AAC semis

From staff reports
Posted 2/15/22

The All American Conference basketball tournaments got underway Tuesday, with Triton's girls surviving their first-round matchup.

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Lady Hawks survive, advance to AAC semis


FAYETTEVILLE— With the score knotted and just over 10 seconds left in Tuesday's first-round matchup of the inaugural All American Conference Girls Basketball Tournament, Triton's A'Shari Watlington made a play. 

The standout sophomore drove to her right from the top of the key and powered to the basket for a tiebreaking layup that eventually led to a 48-45 victory over Pine Forest. 

Fourth-seeded Triton (15-6) advances to Wednesday's semifinal against undefeated, and host team, Terry Sanford (24-0).

Before Watlington's big bucket, Lady Hawks freshman Unique Cook carried much of the offensive load in the fourth– scoring 10 of her game-high 17 points.

Meanwhile, Abby Hood dropped in 12 points and Watlington added nine to help avenge last week's loss to the Lady Trojans.

Terry Sanford got out the first round by blowing past No. 7 seed Harnett Central, 72-18.

The winner of Wednesday's semifinal is set to face either E.E. Smith or Westover in the title game Friday.


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