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East Wake triumphs over Wake Forest in low-scoring match

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WENDELL — The East Wake High varsity girls basketball 34-25 scoreboard victory over Wake Forest at home Nov. 26 did not hang in an art museum, because the clubs combined for 60 turnovers and 81 missed shots to hang those numbers.

The host Warriors (2-1 overall) blotted a 6-0 lead the first five minutes, then failed to score the next five. The Cougars (0-2) thus forged a 6-6 tie going into the second period. From there, the squad difficulties canceled each other out.

East Wake would commit 33 total turnovers, including 15 the last eight minutes alone. Wake Forest would shoot just 15 percent (8-of-52) from the field.

The main spurt occurred the final six minutes till halftime, when the Warriors manufactured an eventual 9-0 spurt for a safe zone which would never be seriously threatened.

Sierra Razor (five points, seven steals, five assists) drained a wing trey to put her group up, 18-9, the first minute of the third.

The bunches traded point for point to complete the frame with East Wake ahead, 24-15. A frantic fourth played out in the exact same fashion.

Wake Forest narrowed the margin to seven once, but a Razor swipe spurred a Makayla Ricks layup to reinflate the cushion.

Cougar Emilee Lewis (nine points) nailed her third 3-pointer of the contest with less than a minute remaining, but the Warriors responded with a coast-to-coast bucket to beat the press and cement the success.

East Wake center Kelis Carmon (10 points, 18 rebounds, six steals, four blocks) continued her monster start to the season by stringing together her third-consecutive double-double. She headlined a group effort including Cashiya Graham (six points, four rebonds), Ze’Asia Gupton (four points, four rebounds), Joslyn Ayers (four points, three rebounds) and Amanda Pulley (two points).

Wake Forest earned 11 more trips to the free-throw line than the Warriors, but only made 5-of-14 attempts there. It relied on Lewis from long range, Amina Miles (seven points, 10 rebounds) inside and Savannah Goodwin (six points) on the drive to inflict most of its offensive damage.

East Wake will play Rolesville at home tonight at 6:30 p.m. Wake Forest will take on D.H. Conley at home Saturday at 2 p.m.