Warriors whitewash deficit, down Eagles by two in OT

Alexis Carter (No. 50), shown in action against Patrick County in the semifinals of last year’s Piedmont District girls basketball tournament, is a third-year varsity player for the Eagles. Carter, a junior, scored a team-best 11 points in Tuesday’s season-opening, non-district loss to Magna Vista, 57-55 in overtime.

Powered by a second-half offensive outburst that enabled it to force overtime, Magna Vista edged Franklin County, 57-55, in a non-district girls varsity basketball contest Tuesday at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium, the 2019-2020 season opener for both clubs.

Both teams are guided by first-year head coaches. LeBryan Patterson was making his debut as the Eagles head coach.

Mackenzie Hairston hit two free throws with less than a minute to play to account for the Warriors’ winning points.

Magna Vista (1-0) outscored FCHS (0-1) 9-7 in the extra, four-minute period.

The Warriors erased a 17-point, 28-11, deficit at halftime by outscoring the Eagles 37-20 in the second half.

FCHS led 14-2 after the first quarter and produced its halftime advantage by taking the second stanza 14-9.

Magna Vista won the third period by seven points, 15-8, to cut its deficit to 10, 36-26.

The Warriors captured the final frame of regulation 22-12 to force overtime.

Ta’Nashia Hairston netted a game-best 24 points for the Warriors, while Ja’Liah Wilson tallied 14 and Mackenzie Hairston finished with 10.

Three other players, none of whom were in double figures, combined for 10 points.

Ta’Nashia Hairston swished three 3-point field goals.

Alexis Carter, a third-year varsity player, paced the Eagles with 11 points.

Also scoring were Jocelyn Shufelt, Jaedyn Jamison and Mya Blizzard each with nine points, Taylor Janney with seven, Kameron Copeland with six, Brogan Dudley with three and Ta’mya Robertson with one.

Carter, Shufelt, Janney and Blizzard each hit a 3-pointer for the Eagles.

FCHS returns to action today against Patrick Henry. Game time at Hawkins Gym is 7 p.m.

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