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Lady Wolverines bow out in third round

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RALEIGH — Wakefield’s girls basketball season came to an end after a 56-52 overtime loss to Millbrook at home Saturday in the third round of the 4A state playoffs.

The two teams were dead even at the end of the first quarter with the score tied 11-11. Millbrook doubled its scoring against Wakefield in the second quarter, outscoring the Wolverines 14-7 to go up 25-18 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Wolverines clawed their way back and dropped 16 points. Meanwhile, the Wildcats scored nine in the period to make the score tied at 34-34.

In the fourth quarter, both teams showed it didn’t want its season to end. Back-and-forth scoring kept the contest tied at 47-47 at the end of regulation, forcing halftime.

Millbrook played strong defensively in the final period, holding Wakefield to just five points. At the same time, the Wildcats poured in nine points, which was just enough to beat the Wolverines 56-52.

Wakefield’s Elise Williams finished the game with 17 points. Katelyn Buggs scored the first nine points for Wakefield off of three consecutive 3-pointers.

With the loss, Wakefield finished the 2019-20 season 22-4 overall. This is the third year in a row the Wolverines won more than 20 games in a single season.

Wakefield’s 2020 playoff run started with a bye week in the first round and then a matchup with Garner at home in the second round.

Williams went off in that game with a career-high 34 points in the 76-54 win. The junior also recorded 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists.