Earning a comeback win

Published 5:06 pm Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cumberland County High School’s varsity girls basketball team came from behind in the second half Wednesday night to defeat host Central Lunenburg High School 43-38, improving its record to 4-6 on the season.

The Lady Chargers led 10-9 after the first quarter and 21-20 at halftime, but then the Lady Dukes won the last two quarters, holding a 31-27 lead entering the final period.

“Overall, good rebounding night,” Cumberland Head Coach Omar Liggins said. “Not a bad offensive night, but I just think on the defensive end, I think we could have tightened up a little better.”

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Leading the Lady Dukes was junior forward Sade’ Gregory with 16 points and 19 rebounds. Junior guard Nikki Hurt added 13 points.

“Caroline Seal played big for us as well,” Liggins said.

Seal, a junior forward, had 13 rebounds and four points.

For Cumberland, this contest against Central was followed Thursday by a home game against Amelia County High School. The Lady Dukes conclude their week by hosting Nottoway High School on Friday at 7 p.m.

“It doesn’t get any easier from here,” Liggins said Wednesday.

Sharing what his players can learn from this period of three games in three straight games, he said, “They’re going to learn a lot about why we run so much at practice.”

Pondering the season 10 games in, Liggins said, “I don’t have but two seniors, but those two seniors have given me everything they’ve got, but I’m learning a lot from years past. I had that one or two girls that I knew I could go to and I knew most likely I’m going to get a bucket. Now we’ve got to move the ball around … we’ve got to get what we can get.”