Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh
The Terry Sanford girls, undefeated and beating teams by more than 20 points on average, were a bit chafed over missing out on the top seed in the Cumberland County Holiday Classic.
“Definitely not getting the No. 1 seed set us to prove ourselves in this tournament,” junior Lindsay Bell said. “Going back to last year, we didn’t have the year we wanted. This year, we know what we want, and we’re going to fight for it.”
The second-seeded Bulldogs showed their fight early in Thursday’s semifinal match against No. 3 South View, carrying a first-quarter surge into a 51-31 win and a spot in today’s final.
Terry Sanford (8-0) will face Seventy-First for the tournament title at 6 p.m. at Fayetteville State’s Capel Arena.
The Falcons (6-6) have made a surprising run as the No. 8 seed, first knocking out No. 1 E.E. Smith in overtime to open tournament play. Seventy-First was a 57-45 winner over No. 4 Gray’s Creek in the bracket’s other semifinal.
Bell featured prominently in Terry Sanford’s opening spurt Thursday, scoring 11 points in the first quarter as the Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 21-8.
She ended the night with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, helping Terry Sanford control the lane for most of the game.