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