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C.E. Murray advances to second round after 57-32 win over Creek Bridge

GREELEYVILLE—It took some time for C.E. Murray to get warmed up, but after a slow start, the War Eagles cruised to a 57-32 victory over Creek Bridge in the first round of the Class A girls’ playoffs Monday night.  The team will travel to Palmetto Scholars Academy on Thursday.

“We wanted to come out in round one and send a message,” C.E. Murray head coach Natasha Bryant said.  “We’ll have the same game plan (Thursday).  We want to show a little more aggression and keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

Creek Bridge started fast, scoring the game’s first three baskets to take a 6-0 lead.  A pair of free throws by Keasia Phillips kept the Warriors ahead, 8-5, but C.E. Murray got its first lead after back-to-back layups from Pria Anderson and Chelsie Edwards.  Anderson added another bucket to make it 11-8 at the end of the first quarter.

“In the beginning, they were a little nervous.  They weren’t quite sure what was going to happen, but I told them we were going to play our game and finish it out,” Bryant said.

The War Eagles had an offensive explosion over the next two quarters and put the game out of reach.  Aaliyah Scott opened the second period with a three-pointer as C.E. Murray outscored the Warriors, 17-6, during the frame.

The third quarter was much of the same as the War Eagles began the second half on a 14-1 run that gave the home team its biggest advantage of the night at 42-15.  The spurt included nine points from Edwards, who finished with a game-high 18 points.

“I told her this was her night to dominate.  She wanted it and she went out there and worked and did what we asked her to do,” Bryant said.

Creek Bridge never gave up and continued to fight until the end.  Shay Brisco, the only senior on the roster, and freshman Nylai Morales paced the Warriors with nine points each.

“For the first time in 14 or 15 years, Creek Bridge girls made the playoffs.  It was emotional for all of us and it was pretty nerve-wracking.  I wasn’t used to this and the kids weren’t used to this,” said Creek Bridge head coach Chris Sanders.  “We’ve got to get stronger and more physical.  They were stronger and just pushed us around tonight.”



Creek Bridge         8              6              11           7—32

C.E. Murray          11           17           18           11—57

Creek Bridge (32): Brisco 9, Morales 9, Phillips 4, Rowell 4, Jak. Wright 4, Jam. Wright 2.

C.E. Murray (57): Chelsie Edwards 18, Pria Anderson 14, Scott 9, Morris 8, Morgan 4, McKnight 2, Canty 2.

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