Laney girls’ title quest ends in East finals

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Laney girls defeat Hoggard to win the Mideastern Conference title on Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY)

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The Laney girls basketball team’s season came to an end Saturday evening with a loss to Southeast Raleigh in the 4A East Region Finals at Capel Arena in Fayetteville.

The third-seeded Lady Bucs jumped out early to claim a 15-14 at the end of the first period, but Southeast Raleigh took control in the second to take a 32-26 lead into the locker room at halftime and never looked back.

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The Bulldogs pulled away in fourth to claim a 55-39 win and a berth in the state championship next weekend. Saniya Rivers led Laney with a game-high 21 points along with 11 rebounds. Jenson Edwards (10 points) and Lexi Melville (8) were the only other Buccaneers to score. Anya Poole set the pace for the Bulldogs with 16 point and 18 boards, including eight offensive rebounds.

Laney ends the year with a 28-3 record. Southeast Raleigh is 30-0.

The Bulldogs face the winner of Saturday night’s West Region Final between Mallard Creek and Northwest Guilford March 10 for the 4A title.