East 76, North 66
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Adrina Crichlow scored 14 points and Dawn Royster added 13 Saturday to lead the balanced East to a 76-66 victory over the North in an opening women’s basketball game of the VI National Sports Festival.
A pair of baskets by Royster, a junior-to-be at North Carolina, gave the East a 19-18 lead with 8:13 left in the first half and it never again trailed.
Sydney Beasley chipped in with 10 points and Gert Scott nine for the East in the five-day, round-robin tournament.
Led by Shanda Berry, the North pulled to within 37-35 at halftime but the East extended its margin to 12 in the first five minutes of the second half.
Berry, a 6-foot-2 freshman-to-be at the University of Iowa, led the North with 11 points and seven rebounds. Jessica Haynes with 10 was the only other double-figure scorer for the losers.
″We felt going in that we had a great team spirit and that would take us a long way,″ said East Coach Sue Rojcewicz. ″It worked for us today and that’s the way we’ll win the gold medal - playing together.″