More wins for Lady Wildcats; eyes MEAC crown

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B-CU head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis instructs point guard and Flagler Palm Coast alum Armani Walker during a game earlier this season.

COURTESY OF B-CU ATHLETICS

COMPILED BY ANDREAS BUTLER
DAYTONA TIMES

The Bethune-Cookman University Lady Wildcats (21-5, 13-1) are on a 13-game winning streak after taking down Norfolk State (16-10, 10-3) 68-62 on Monday.

Amaya Scott (18 points), Ashanti Hunt (13 points, seven rebounds, four assists) and Ciara Thompson (15 points, nine rebounds) led the way for B-CU.

B-CU’s last loss and only conference loss came from Norfolk State on Jan 4.

Monday’s win over Norfolk gave the Wildcats a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) regular season title with two regular games remaining.

Tops South Carolina

B-CU can clinch the regular season crown outright with a win in either of their two remaining games or a loss by Norfolk State in either of their two remaining contests.

Two days earlier, B-CU topped South Carolina State 86-70.

In that game, Scott, Daniella Hatcher and Armani Walker each had 11 points for the Wildcats.

Bethune-Cookman also clinched its fourth straight 20-win season.

B-CU plays at North Carolina Central on March 2, then returns home to close out the regular season against rival Florida A&M on March 4.

2019 MEAC winners

The Wildcats are also in position for the top seed in the MEAC Tournament scheduled for March 9-14 in Norfolk, Virginia.

The MEAC Tournament winner earns an automatic trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Lady Wildcats won it last year and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

B-CU men on win streak too

The Wildcats men have extended their win streak to three games with victories over Norfolk State 78-55 on Monday and South Carolina State 69-65 in overtime just a few days earlier.

Isaiah Bailey (21 points, eight rebounds), Malik Maitland (18 points, six rebounds, seven assists) Clentrell Pope (11 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks) and Leon Redd (10 points) led B-CU over the Spartans on Monday.

Against the Bulldogs, Redd (18 points), Bailey (18 points), Pope (14 points, 15 rebounds, two blocks) and Maitland (10 points) also led the Wildcats.

B-CU (15-13, 9-5) closes out the regular season at North Carolina Central on March 2 and at home against Florida A&M on March 4.

Local girls fall short of Final Four

Spruce Creek, Mainland and Father Lopez all lost in the Regional Finals on Feb. 21.

Orlando’s Timber Creek (23-7) defeated Spruce Creek (24-6) 62-47 in the 8A-1 Regional Final. Perryonna Sylvester had 20 points for the Hawks.

Mainland’s (14-12) surprising run ended with a 76-59 lost to Apopka Wekiva (23-7) in the 6A-1 Regional Final. Delayna Gillard had 23 points and Isys Grady 18 points and nine rebounds for the Buccaneers. Wekiva won the Class 9A title last year.

Master’s Academy in Oviedo (25-5) upset Father Lopez (26-3) 64-57 in the 3A-1 Regional Final denying Lopez a third straight Final Four appearance. Khadija Faye had 27 points with 14 rebounds, Taneja White 19 points with 10 rebounds, while Taneja Robinson posted nine points with six steals for the Green Wave.

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