Wave ral­lies from stripe

Tay­lor nets 26 points

The Progress-Index - - SPORTS - Ni­cholas Van­de­loecht Staff Writer

COLO­NIAL HEIGHTS — Late-game free throws and a whop­ping 26 points from Trae’Quira Tay­lor helped Peters­burg Girls Bas­ket­ball deny host­ing Colo­nial Heights 46-38.

Both teams scored a chunk of their points from the line. Tay­lor went 9⁄15 in free throws and JaKayla James went 5⁄6 with nine points to­tal.

Emma An­der­son led Colo­nial Heights with 13, go­ing 11⁄14 in free throws made. Haleigh Reid scored 10 points.

Af­ter trail­ing by three to open the fourth quar­ter, Peters­burg out-scored Colo­nial Heights from the line 4-1 and then jumped ahead on an and-one bas­ket for two from T’orri Crocker. An in­sur­ance bucket stretched the Wave out to a 33-29 point, to which Colo­nials player Haleigh Reid re­sponded with a drive to the bas­ket for two.

Tay­lor kept hit­ting her stride from the char­ity stripe, net­ting nine of her 11 fourth quar­ter points that way, with Perry and James also mak­ing free throw shots to grow Peters­burg’s ad­van­tage late in the run­ning. Af­ter Peters­burg led 40-33, the Colo­nials’ line game at one point whit­tled the Wave’s ad­van­tage down to four points, and then Colo­nial Heights started tak­ing steals to the bas­ket, but the Colo­nials couldn’t con­vert their at­tempts at the net into points.

Colo­nial Heights took a nar­row 7-5 lead af­ter the first quar­ter as Colo­nials player Emma An­der­son dashed into the lane and broke the tie off of two points in­side.

JaKayla James tied the game off a fast break early in the sec­ond quar­ter and later tacked on a free throw to send her Crimson Wave into a one-point lead. She ex­tended Peters­burg’s ad­van­tage with two off the take­away, and the Wave went into the

locker room lead­ing the Colo­nials 16-11 at half­time. Trae’Quira Tay­lor turned a steal into an and-one bucket for two late in the sec­ond quar­ter. She led Peters­burg at the half with 11 points and hit a three-shot in the first quar­ter.

Peters­burg’s de­fense struck quickly in the third quar­ter as Jam­ilyah Perry landed a bucket off a steal, but Colo­nial Heights reeled off six straight points, with four made in free throws.

Ty’Ki­rah Bon­ner stopped the bleed­ing with a free throw of her own, and Tay­lor con­tin­ued

swing­ing the pen­du­lum back in Peters­burg’s fa­vor with a bucket in­side. But Colo­nial Heights came charg­ing back on 11 straight - nine on free throws with five by Ken­del Fox and four by An­der­son - to sweep past Peters­burg and take a 28-25 lead at the end of the third. But the Wave would take back the lead and out-score Colo­nial Heights 21-10 in the fourth.

Destiny Fuller of Peters­burg did not play.

The Crimson Wave im­proved to 6-6. Colo­nial Heights fell to 5-8.

NI­CHOLAS VAN­DE­LOECHT/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM

Peters­burg Girls Bas­ket­ball’s Trae’Quira Tay­lor net­ted 26 points in her Wave’s 46-38 road vic­tory over Colo­nial Heights.

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