LUMBERTON — After building up an early lead in the first quarter, the Lumberton girls basketball team had to fight off Leesville Road late to advance through the second round of the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs.
With a 58-50 win, the Lady Pirates are heading to the third round for the second straight year and did so by coming through with a fourth-quarter surge after the Pride cut it close. Lumberton’s won 17 games in a row and hosts No. 8 South Central on Saturday in the third round.
No. 14 Leesville Road (20-8) trimmed a lead that No. 2 Lumberton (26-1) held by 12 points in the first half down to 36-33 heading into the fourth quarter. Early in the period the Lady Pirates responded with a 7-0 run to go up 48-36 with 4:44 left. The gap was enough for Lumberton to hold on to win.
Lumberton used runs in the first and second quarters to build leads as well. To open the game, Lumberton went on a 10-1 run with five points coming from Jasmine McBride before taking a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Leesville Road answered in the second quarter to cut the lead to 21-15 with six minutes to go until halftime before a 7-1 Lady Pirate run pushed their lead to 28-16.
In the third quarter, the Pride crept back into the game holding Lumberton to two field goals and a pair of free throws.
London Thompson led all scorers with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lumberton also received scoring contributions from Jasmine McBride with 13 points, Marlena McClure with 12 points and Madison Canady with eight. Leesville Road’s Rose Sande had 12 points and Brittany Staves added 10 points and 10 rebounds.