(T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)
The much-improved Lady Eagles played the Viqueens to a 7-7 tie after one period and a 16-all score at intermission. Pierce posted five points in the frame.
"It seemed like it took us a long time to get started," Community coach Allison Martin said.
"They have really grown as a team and they were very well prepared to play this game.
"I felt that our defense won it for us tonight in the third and fourth quarter and we were able to do enough offensively to get out of here with a road win."
The Viqueens were able to get out to an eight-point lead in the third period, but a plethora of turnovers and missed shots in the lane allowed the home team to not only sneak back into the game but take a 29-28 lead going into the final period.
"We were able to make some adjustments and create some mismatches offensively," Martin said.
"Katie is a handful when she gets down low and she took over the game in the paint."
Leverette took over the offense for the Viqueens and she responded with a seven-point effort in the fourth in the best scoring effort of the night.
The Viqueens dominated the boards the rest of the way with Hannah Busbee and Leverette to help maintain possession and burn up the clock.
The Community press gradually dictated the pace and wore down the Eagleville ball handlers to allow them to close out the game, despite two 3-pointers by Michelle Johnson to keep her team within striking range.
Leverette outscored everybody with 19. Pierce contributed 11.
Alli Burns led Eagleville with 13. Kristin Barnes netted 12 and Johnson finished with nine.
Community welcomes Moore County on Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 6.
Community (43): Leverette 19, Pierce 11, Busbee 6, Ray 2, M. Huntley 2, J. Huntley 2, Barnes 1, Brothers, Ensey.
Eagleville (38): Burns 13, Barnes 12, Johnson 9, Duke 2, Turnage 2, Scott, Cron, Reed.
3-point goals: Eagleville 5, Community 1.
Halftime score: Community 16, Eagleville 16.