FINAL SCORE: Fayetteville State 75, Apprentice School 59
RECORDS: Fayetteville State 8-6, Apprentice School 4-10
LOCATION: Apprentice Athletic Facility Gymnasium/Newport News, Va.
IN BRIEF: The Lady Builders battled back in the second quarter to trail 35-30 at the break, but the visitors used a 7-0 run in the third to take control. The Apprentice School came back to within six late, but couldnn't get any closer.
ON THE COURT
- After the Broncos opened the scoring with a layup, Courtney White drained a 3-pointer to get the Apprentice School on the board. Fayetteville State followed with a deep ball of their own, but White answered with yet another 3-pointer. A Kelsey Daniels free throw at the 6:50 mark gave the Lady Builders an early 7-5 lead, but back-to-back baskets allowed Fayetteville to take back control 9-7 (6:18).
- After another three from White, the Broncos went on a 7-0 run to pull ahead 16-10. Daniels and Quanisha Bruce each made a bucket to cut the lead to 16-14, but a Bronco score and free throw pushed the Fayetteville lead to 19-14. Chauntell Dunbar hit a jumper with :52 on the clock and Fayetteville got a layup to fall to round out the scoring in the opening quarter.
- In the second quarter, the Lady Builders scored four straight as Ylexzis Traeger scored a jumper and Julissa Riddick converted both of her charity attempts to pull within 21-20. The teams continued to go back-and-forth as the Apprentice School refused to go away. After a pair of Bria Hill free throws cut the Bronco lead to 31-30, Fayetteville netted a pair of baskets to go into the locker room with a 35-30 advantage.
- The Broncos started to pull away in the third quarter, using another 7-0 run to pull ahead 49-34 at the 4:18 mark. After the teams exchanged field goals, the Lady Builders responded with a 5-0 run, all from free-throws, to end the quarter and trim the lead to 51-41.
- In the fourth, an early 7-0 Apprentice run, capped off by an old-fashioned 3-point play by Traeger, allowed the team to get within 57-51. Unfortunately, the Lady Builders couldn't get much closer as Fayetteville began to pull away again.
- With 2:00 remaining in the game, Bruce made a free-throw to make it 66-55. The Broncos followed with a pair of free-throws before a Kenya Wilkerson jumper cut the Fayetteville lead back to 11 (68-57, 1:34).
- After a Bronco field goal, Bruce went to the line to shoot two, making both shots. The Apprentice School then returned the favor and sent Fayetteville to the line and Shamaiya Battle connected on both of her attempts. Another free-throw and a layup by the visitors rounded out the scoring.
BEHIND THE BOXSCORE
- Traeger led three Lady Builders in double-digit scoring with 13 points. Wilkerson scored 12 points and White added 10 points. Bruce led the team on the glass with 10 rebounds.
- The Lady Builders shot 30.3% (20-of-66) from the field, 15.8% (3-of-19) from beyond the arc, and 66.7% (16-of-24) from the free-throw line.
- The Apprentice School led in points off turnovers (20-15) and committed fewer turnovers (16-21). Both teams scored 6 fastbreak points.
- The Lady Builders netted 14 points off the bench, while the Broncos' bench put up 21 points.
- The game featured one tie and six lead changes.
The Lady Builders will host West Virginia Tech on Saturday, January 9th, for a 1 pm matchup. This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season; the Golden Bears (6-7) won the December 17th game at the Baisi Athletic Center 76-60. Traeger scored 15 points to lead the Apprentice School in the loss, while Marshall followed with 14 points. West Virginia Tech is coming off an 83-39 December 22nd loss to Marshall University (W.Va.).
Fans attending Saturday's game will be able to park on the 3rd deck of the parking garage located on the corner of 31st Street and West Avenue, adjacent to the south side of the Apprentice School. Parking attendants will be in place on the west side of the garage and around the perimter of the school. Additional directional signage will be in place to lead fans to the garage.
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