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Girls basketball: Lady Rams improve to 7-0

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WENDELL — The East Wake High girls basketball program previously ruled the annual “Rolesville Road Rivalry” with Rolesville, but the present still undefeated Rams blazed a trail in the opposite direction the past two duels. Rolesville defeated East Wake 47-38 on the road last Friday.

In fact, Rolesville broke an 0-7 cumulative record vs. the Warriors in winter 2018 before adding a second-straight conquer via this year’s victory.

The neighborhood bragging rights intensity remained the same as the clubs traded 76 missed shots and 38 turnovers. The Rams (now 7-0 for the first time in school history) relied on its usual balanced attack and break-neck pace to pull away in the second quarter.

Areina Harris (12 points) knocked down two of Rolesville’s five 3-pointers against the Warrior’s zone defense early in that period.

“That’s been our missing link. That perimeter punch,” first-year Rolesville head coach Anthony McKoy said before the contest. “If we can just see some more outside shots fall, it will make us that much better. Because we will be able to spread the floor offensively and attack the lanes created by that respect for our shooters.”

Kashara Simpson (seven points) nailed a wing trifecta early in the third, then Alysa Davenport (10 points, six rebounds, six steals, three assists) drilled a pair of triples both from the wing and the top of the key to stretch the advantage to 20. During that arc assault, East Wake suffered nine-straight errant field goals and six giveaways.

The damage was done by the fourth, where the Warriors (4-3) mustered a rally back within single digits thanks primarily to the paint performance of senior center Kelis Carmon. She produced 25 points, 15 boards and seven blocked shots to anchor the Warrior chances.

However, the Rams just kept her surrounded with contributions from Kalie Fleming (six points, six rebounds), Kendell Burney (four points), Mikaila DeVaughn (three points, 13 rebounds), Lanee Lewis (three points) and Sklyar Fleming (two points).

Rolesville will play Franklinton tonight at 6:30 p.m. East Wake will play at Knightdale on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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