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WENDELL — The same superstar lit up the rematch as the Knightdale High girls basketball team again scorched neighboring rival East Wake, 49-34, last week.
Knight guard Diamond Thomas, in fact, equalled her earlier 29-point total while adding 10 rebounds and six steals. Her backcourt partner, Jaden Davis, stoked the feud fires with 13 points, six rebounds and five steals.
That dynamic duo also anchored a defensive attack which forced 29 Warrior turnovers on the road. However, unlike the prior meeting, East Wake (7-7 overall) refused to go quietly into that good Knight barrage.
It countered an opening 11-0 visitor run from the tipoff using a 17-3 surge to actually take the lead for the first time in 42 minutes of game actions against the archrival this season. Knighhtdale (11-3) responded in kind, and its 13-4 spurt to the halftime buzzer eventually turned the tide permanently.
A 27-22 Knightdale halftime advantage ballooned to 39-27 over the next few minutes.
The Knights shot just 19-of-64 (30 percent) from the floor, but supplemented that inaccurate income with 22 offensive rebounds. Aysia Foster (four points, seven rebounds) pulled down five second chances alone.
The Warriors mustered only one double-digit scorer during its own 30-percent (12-of-40) field-goal outing. It was a solid individual effort, though, since Kelis Carmon contributed a 12-point, 15-rebound double-double.
Both clubs shot identical 7-of-13 at the free throw line, providing no real advantage in that statistical department.
Knightdale carried the momentum into the NAC 6 conference debut Friday, where it knocked off Wake Forest 56-49. East Wake rallied to blast Cleveland, 54-22, in its Greater Neuse River Conference premiere.
Knightdale will take on Heritage at home at 6 p.m on Jan. 17.