Doniere leads Bucs girls past Ashley; Eagles boys win

Laney's Amber Doniere shoots against Ashley at Laney in Wilmington Tuesday, Jan.y 29, 2013. (Photo by Matt Born)

Amber Doniere hauled in 18 rebounds and hauled the Laney girls team into sole possession of first place in the Mideastern Conference with a 49-37 win against Ashley on Tuesday.

The senior forward scored 14 points to lead the Buccaneers, including nine in the final six minutes of play as Laney came back and pulled ahead for the win.

“My coach always tells me to just go get the ball,” Doniere said. “I just saw the ball and wanted it.”

Doniere had 10 rebounds at halftime, but her most important boards came in the final stretch of play. With Ashley leading by four and 6:02 left on the clock, Doniere scored four points and pulled in offensive

rebounds on back-to-back offensive possessions. The second of those

rebounds set up the go-ahead 3-pointer by Tiana Edwards.

That stretch of play sparked an 11-0 run for Laney that decided the game. The Bucs (16-1, 5-0 Mideastern) didn’t look back from there, outscoring Ashley 23-6 in the final period.

“Amber was all over the place

tonight,” Laney coach Sherri Tynes said. “She was on the boards all night.”

Doniere was also in all the right places – her 18 rebounds equaled Ashley’s team total – and her late-game rebounds exacerbated Ashley’s brief shooting slump in the fourth quarter.

The Screaming Eagles (13-4, 4-1 Mideastern) opened the game shooting well and held a one-point lead at halftime led by 11 points from Breanna Edwards. Edwards led all scorers with 17 points and Felicity Havens added 15 for Ashley.

“We’d been there before,” Doniere said. “We have a lot of experience in that situation and we knew we were doing the right things.”

Laney ratcheted up the defensive pressure and got results – Ashley’s offense vanished in the fourth quarter. The Screaming Eagles didn’t make a field goal until 0:33 left in the period and by that time, Laney had already pulled ahead by 11.

The win not only gives Laney sole possession of first place in the Mideastern Conference midway through the season, but also serves as revenge for Ashley’s two-point win in the Brogden Tournament finals. Doniere said the Bucs would enjoy the win, but added there’s plenty left to do.

“It feels good,” Doniere said. “But we still have the second half of conference to go. We’ve got to take care of everybody else .”

Boys: Ashley 64, Laney 54

Ashley used a big forward and a big fourth quarter to pull away from a scrappy Laney team and come away with an important bounce-back win on Tuesday, downing Laney.

The Screaming Eagles ran their offense through senior forward T.J. Williams to exploit a size advantage, and Williams finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead four Ashley players in double figures. Williams’ fast-break alley-oop with 6:40 to play gave Ashley a double-digit lead and put Laney on its heels.

“T.J. did his best job all season of getting post position, and we did our best job of finding him,” Ashley coach Bryn McSwain said.

The win was crucial for Ashley after dropping a close, emotional game to conference leader Hoggard on Friday.

“We wanted to redeem what happened the other night,” McSwain said. “That next game (with Hoggard) is something that we’ve circled on our calendar, but we’ve got to handle our business between now and then.”