Salisbury Tops East Bladen 49-37

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Most valuable player Shanequa Phifer scored 14 points and led a strong defensive effort as Salisbury defeated East Bladen 49-37 Saturday in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association women's championship at Reynolds Coliseum.

It was the second consecutive Class 2-A title for the Hornets (29-0). The Eagles (29-1) were runners-up in the Class 1-A final last year.

Salisbury led 28-20 at the half and pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring East Bladen 14-4 and forcing eight turnovers. The Eagles had 24 turnovers for the game.

Jessica Heilig grabbed 10 rebounds and added six points for Salisbury.

East Bladen center Courtney Melvin lead all scorers with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Jazmine Kemp added 13 points.

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