West 74, South 64 North 74, East 63
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) _ Karen Deden scored 14 points and Pauline Jordan added 12 Saturday as the West rallied from a 10-point deficit in the closing minute of the first half and pulled away for a 74-64 victory over the South in women’s basketball at the U.S. Olympic Festival.
In the opener, Daedra Charles scored 22 points and guided the North to a 74-63 victory over the East in the opening of the competition at the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
Carla Green’s layup 29 seconds before halftime gave the South its biggest lead, 40-30, but Brenetha Jackson scored for the West with seven seconds left.
Jordan scored half the points in an 8-0 run for the West to start the second half. Green scored for the South at 17:51, but the West began to take control of the offensive and defensive boards and started its runaway.
The West outrebounded the South 52-32, including a 27-13 edge in the second half.
A 9-1 run gave the West a 47-43 edge with 13:41 left. Evelyn Thompson connected for the South at 13:28, but the West ran off a 17-2 spurt over the next seven minutes for a 64-47 edge.
The South’s last gasp came on the strength of a 13-2 run, with seven of the points coming from the free throw line. Tracey Rutledge’s jumper with 4:00 left got the South within 66-60, but it never got closer than six the rest of the way.
Charles, who will attend Tennessee, sparked an inside game which the East could not counter. However, the East’s fast tempo kept it in the game through the first half, and Kelly Lyons’ 10-foot jumper with 39 seconds left pulled the East within 36-33 at halftime.
The North went on a 20-7 run to start the second half, with guard Sonja Henning contributing seven points for a 56-40 edge with 12:25 to play.
Kristine Kinney led an East comeback, scoring six straight points, getting her team within 56-46 with 11:07 left. Following two free throws by Mary Long, Terri Bradley scored on a 3-point basket and a 12-foot jumper to get the East to within 58-51 at 10:22.
Bradley added a jumper at 5:19 to cut the gap to 64-59, but that was as close as the East would get. Poor inside shooting thwarted the East rally as it scored no more baskets after Bradley’s last shot and managed just four free throws.
Meanwhile, Charles, who was the only North player in double figures, scored seven points down the stretch.
Kinney led the East with 13 points, Tonya Cardoza had 12 and Dawn Bryant added 11.