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WCS girls’ pull road upset at WCDS, Chargers boys’ cruise

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For the Wayne Country Day boys’ basketball team, it was business as usual. However, for the Wayne Christian girls’, it was unprecedented territory.

The Eagles pulled off the upset in the girls game knocking off the Chargers, 62-55 Friday in both teams conference openers. Wayne Christian (4-0, 1-0 CPIC) used stifling defense and timely shots in the fourth quarter to stave off the WCDS (3-3, 0-1) comeback efforts.

“I enjoyed it and I’m really excited,” Eagles junior Brianna Verme said afterwards. “They’re a great team, but we’ve been trying to beat them for a while. It’s amazing to get this win especially since it was a total team effort.”

Both teams traded baskets throughout the first half, but Kimora Cox was hitting perimeter shots and Jordan Whitney had it going inside for the Chargers to give them control. Fox kept the Eagles in it by attacking the basket at will while Verme was a beast on the glass. While the hosts led 34-30 at halftime, Wayne Christian wouldn’t go away and they made their move late in the third quarter.

“Playing against good competition motivates myself and my teammates to be better,” Fox said. “We’re a good team, so if we keep the right mindset, we’ll win a lot more games. This is a big win for us.”

The turning point of this contest came in the third quarter where the Eagles used a big closing run to take a 46-40 lead. From there, the Chargers weren’t able to get within one possession for the rest of the contest. Wayne Christian was led by Caroline Fox with 18 points while Ella Fox and Verme added 13 each. Wayne Country Day got 16 points from Whitney, 13 from Brunson, and 11 from Cox.

WCDS travels to Fayetteville to take on Village Christian Monday while WCS is off for the holidays.

In the boys’ game, the Chargers took control early and never looked back in an 88-46 win over the Eagles. The hosts pick up their third straight win over the last four days after losing their season opener five weeks ago.

Mike Best Jr. continued his excellent start to the season with 25 points while Carlos Raven added 20. Jaden Cooper (16) and Vante Hutcherson (13) also finished with double figures as WCDS (3-1, 1-0) built a double digit lead early. Jayquan Curry continued his torrid scoring streak with 30 more points Friday. Last Monday, the junior guard reached the 1,000 point milestone against Wilson Christian.

Both boys’ teams begin play in the FCA Christmas Tournament Monday. The Chargers face Harrells Christian at 6:30 PM while the Eagles play Wilson DASH at 5.

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