CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A trip to visit the redemption seeking Royals on Valentine’s Day favored the Wolves, with a final score of 49-32.
Newberry’s defense held their opponent to a new season low, 32 points. Only allowing one double-digit scorer in Mendy McNeese with 15 points, the Wolves held everyone else to six points or less.
Queens went into halftime trailing Newberry 25-19. The Wolves defense forced the Royals to go 8-for-23 from the field and 1-for-six from behind the arc. Newberry’s defense amped up in the second half as Queens would struggle to find rhythm. The Royals would end the second half, shooting 30% from the field, missing both three-point attempts, and 25% from the charity stripe.
As a team Newberry forced Queens into 21 turnovers and scored 17 points on those miscues. On the offensive end the Wolves assisted each other 11 times and garnered 32 total rebounds.
Junior center Meg Essex tallied 22 points, a block, three steals, four assists and seven rebounds over the course of 26 minutes. Essex also drained a three-pointer, her first of the season.
From the charity stripe Newberry saw 17 attempts and converted on 13 of those. Shelby Britten is one of the several Wolves who tallied 100% from the free throw line. Britten finished the game with 15 points, a steal and three rebounds.
This matchup had only one tie and six lead changes. Newberry’s largest lead came in fourth with 2:51 to go at 19 points. Queens’ largest lead of three points happened at 2:50 in the first period.
”This was another very good team defensive performance.” Head Coach Sean Page said. “To hold a team to 32 points in any league is good, but to do it to them on their home court is outstanding. With all of that being said, we still need to find a way to score more consistently.”