Vikings Trump Western
Union Pines' girls' basketball team withstood a serious charge from visiting Western Harnett to hold on for a 52-47 Cape Fear Valley Conference win Friday.
With the victory, the Lady Vikings improved to 15-4 on the season and 7-2 in league play, as they completed a regular season sweep of the defending conference champion Lady Eagles.
After taking a 21-6 lead through one quarter behind 14 points from senior Alishia Mosley, Union Pines led 25-6 with 6:22 remaining in the first half. Western finished the second quarter on a 15-6 run to trail 31-21 at halftime.
Mosley had 21 first-half points, going 5-of-7 from three-point range and 8-of-10 overall from the field. Meanwhile, Vike freshman Tyler Ross had six points and nine rebounds.
Western junior Ariel Bursey had 12 of her 14 first-half points in the second quarter. She went on to score 12 third-quarter points as Western cut the Lady Vike lead to 44-38 as play moved to the final period.
With three minutes left in the game, a Bursey bucket down low brought Western within two points as the Vikes clung to a 48-46 lead. On Union Pines' ensuing possession, Mosley answered by sinking a baseline floater to give UP a 50-46 lead with 2:36 left.
In the final minutes, Western had several shots but could not convert.
Mosley finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
In the biggest game of her young career, Ross finished with 21 rebounds and 16 points.
Bursey also had 28 points along with 12 rebounds, six steals, four assists and three blocks for Western, which is now 5-3 in conference play and 16-4 overall.
In the nightcap, the Vike boys fell 57-51 to the Eagles, who got 17 points apiece from Franklin Trapp and Markus Rayam.
Vike senior Jon Toomer finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for Union Pines, which fell to 5-4 in league play and 10-10 overall.
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