KINSTON – The Tarboro Lady Vikings season came to an abrupt end Wednesday night against the Kinston Lady Vikings in the Eastern Plains Conference semifinal tournament game. Kinston hit 14 three pointers in the game and made seven in the third quarter en route to blow out Tarboro 72-16.
Tarboro ends their season on a sour note and Kharlil Perry and Quadasha Ruffin's careers came to end.
Tarboro had been having problems with turnovers during the season and that trend continued for them Wednesday. They turned the ball over 26 times which led to 30 points for Kinston.
Tarboro was unable to stop Kinston's outside shooting. They had three players hit at least three three's. Monique Lofton led the way with 27 points and was 7-8 from the three point line.
Coming into the game, Tarboro head coach Jamie WIlloughby knew her team had to play near perfect ball for them to have a chance to win. They did everything but that.
Tarboro couldn't find a way to score and was having trouble against the full court press that Kinston showed them. Tarboro couldn't break the press, even though they had seen it twice this season already they struggled.
Willoughby tried to explain to her players exactly what Kinston was going to do on their set plays. She would tell her players to watch the baseline player pop down and set a screen on the wing player at the bottom of Tarboro's two-three zone. As soon as that player had a screen set on Tarboro's player, after the screen then another Kinston player would roll off of the baseline and catch the pass and shot the ball. Kinston dominated Tarboro with that play during the first half. Ruffin led Tarboro with six points and Lisa Jones finished with five and grabbed nine rebounds.
Tarboro had a subpar season and were up and down the entire year. They lost three games by less then seven points that should have gone their way, but the continuous turnover problem hurt them in important games. Those games weren't only lost, they kept Tarboro from making the playoffs and gave them a fifth place finish in the final conference standings and ended their season early.