Asheville -- WLOS - The top two teams in class 3A met for the second time this season and the final score indicates a case of deja vu. Erwin topped Enka 69-46 after beating them by 16 last month. The difference this time around was a fast start for Erwin.
The Warriors opened up on a 9-3 thanks to a trio of three-pointers, two by senior Jaia Wilson. Emily Carver from Enka got off to a quick start herself, rolling up 7 quick points to start the game. Erwin held a 5-point edge, 16-11 after one quarter.
Erwin locked down on the defensive end in the second period, holding the high-flying Sugar Jets to only 7 points. Wilson went off, tallying 10 to help her team to a 34-18 halftime advantage.
The script was flipped in the third frame, with Enka outscoring the home side 19-7 to draw within four heading into the final eight minutes. Carver led the way for the Sugar Jets with 11, while Mya Smith and Carly Banks both knocked down threes to lead the onslaught.
An ice-cold performance from the free throw line in the fourth quarter doomed the Enka comeback hopes. The Sugar Jets went 1-for-9 down the stretch while Wilson and Nautica Smiley combined for a 9-for-10 showing to help the Warriors pull away for a 69-46 victory.
"It's always been a big game when you play Enka," Erwin head coach Matt Carpenter said after the game. "It's a motto here: 'You don't lose to Enka.' It's fun as a coach because you don't have to do anything special to get them motivated for this game."
Wilson led all scorers with 32 points, joined in double-figures by Kaitlyn Messer (16) and Smiley (11). Carver was the only Sugar Jet to break the 10-point plateau, finishing with 22.
Erwin (21-1, 13-1 WMAC) moves 1.5 games ahead of Enka (19-4, 12-3) in the Western Mountain Athletic Conference standings with two games to go. A win over North Henderson on the road Tuesday will lock up the regular season title for the Warriors. Erwin wraps up the season next Friday by hosting Tuscola. Enka is off Tuesday and hosts NHHS in one week.
In the boys game, Rashod Chaffin hit a jumper with 5 seconds to go to give Erwin a 70-68 win over the Jets. Chaffin had 21 in the game, while teammate Kobe Ball added 20. Enka was led by Adam Crook with 17.