RALEIGH — It was a girls’ basketball game that seemed like it was never going to end.
But as good as it was, some people in the gym might have been secretly wishing it wouldn’t.
Kaleisha Moore scored half of her 16 points after the end of regulation, leading Southeast Raleigh to a 62-60 triple-overtime win over archrival East Wake on Friday night.
Not only did the overtimes stretch out the Greater Neuse River 4A classic, but three blackouts that originated in the neighborhood outside the facility lasted for nearly an hour among them.
Best Quote: “I’m so tired,” veteran Southeast coach Nicole Meyers said. “But these girls make me more proud than any group I’ve had. This effort right here is probably the best game I’ve been a part of as a coach and I’ve been coaching for 12 years. East Wake has played us tough twice, they match up with us well and they’re just as athletic as we are. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”
Putting up Numbers: Amber Richardson led the Bulldogs with 18 points while Alexus Hicks added 14.
UNC Asheville-bound Tianna Knuckles led East with 15 points despite picking up two fouls in the first 1:51, while Daisha Thorpe chipped in 13.
“I feel great,” Moore said. “As a team we accomplished a lot, and we showed that we’re coming to win states. East Wake always brings the ‘A’ game when they play us. And they come into our house like it’s their house.”
Highlight Reel: Hicks was the star of the last minute of regulation. East seemed to have the upset in hand after Thorpe hit two free throws to make it 41-36 with 33.3 left.
But Hicks hit a pair of free throws at 20.6, and after a Warrior turnover and a held ball that went Southeast’s way, she canned a 3-pointer from the right elbow to tack on an extra four minutes.
Feeling the Impact: Southeast (20-0, 11-0 GNRC), now has a two-game lead over second-place East Wake (14-6, 10-2) in the standings with the Bulldogs having to play three games in the regular season’s last week.
The Bulldogs have won three straight GNRC tournaments, and it would be a real shock if they aren’t the top seed playing No. 2 East Wake for the tournament title.
“We’ve just got to finish,” East coach Toni Vick said. “I know what we have. I feel like we’re one of the best teams in the state just as well as Southeast. We can compete with the best in the state. We have before. The girls play hard and give it their all.”
Out of Bounds: The three blackouts made for a bizarre night. They came with 7:39 left in the fourth and East up 28-27, with 3:30 left in the first overtime and the Warriors up 43-40, and with 2:13 left in the third overtime and the score tied 52-52.
“We played our hearts out, but at crunch time free throws were the key thing,” Knuckles said. “This game shows that we could beat anybody. We gave them a run for their money. We were aggressive and never gave up.”