BRIEFS: Southern Lee Runs Past Viking Boys
Southern Lee used two runs, one before halftime and one in the fourth quarter, to pull out a 63-48 win over Union Pines in Cape Fear Valley Conference boys' basketball action in Lee County Tuesday.
The Vikings played well in the half-court defense, holding Southern Lee to its lowest scoring output of the season. But the two spurts, and 27 Viking turnovers, proved decisive in the Cavs' win.
Southern Lee went on a 10-2 run before halftime to give it a 25-24 entering the third quarter.
With the Vikings within four, 45-41, with 6:30 remaining in the contest, Derrick Ross stole the ball at mid-court and missed a contested layup. Southern Lee grabbed the rebound, roared down court with Akeem Richmond throwing down a dunk while getting fouled in the process. That was the start of an 18-7 run by the Cavs to end the game.
Jonathon Toomer had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Vikes, while Bryan Collins recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Southern Lee got a game-high 20 points from Chad Taylor and 16 from Richmond.
The Vikes are now 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Falcon Girls Beat Oak Ridge
The O'Neal girls' basketball team wasted no time in picking up its first win in Triad Athletic Conference action.
Blitzing Oak Ridge Military Academy with a 23-4 first-quarter start, the Falcons rolled to a 59-17 victory in the conference opener played in Greensboro.
Margaret Cross scored 12 of her team-high 23 points in the first quarter. She hit five of eight from behind the arc for the contest. Kristin Stewart continued her streak of double-doubles, scoring 13 points and collecting 10 rebounds for the 8-1 Falcons.
Syd McIlwain was right behind Stewart's output, scoring 10 points and snaring nine rebounds. Meri Liz Faulkner came off the bench to score eight points.
The Falcons travel to conference rival Westchester Country Day in High Point for a game tonight.
O'Neal 23 13 7 12 -- 59
Oak Ridge 4 1 0 16 -- 17
O'Neal -- Thompson 0 0-0 0, Faulkner 4 0-0 8, Dahl 0 0-0 0, Hukee 0 1-2 1, Thornton 2 0-0 4, Akinosho 0 0-0 0, Cross 9 0-0 23, Stewart 5 3-6 13, McIIwain 5 0-0 10. Totals -- 25 4-8 59.
Oak Ridge -- Chitty 1 0-0 3, J. Griffin 0 0-0 0, A. Griffin 0 0-1 0, Harrned 0 0-0 0, Ferguson 4 1-4 9, Herring 2 1-2 5. Totals -- 7 2-7 17.
Three-point goals: O'Neal 5 (Cross 5); Oak Ridge 1 (Chitty).
Viking Jayvee Girls Win
The Union Pines girls' junior varsity basketball team upped its record to 5-1 after defeating Southern Lee Tuesday by the score of 30-21.
The Vikes only allowed one first-half bucket, and cruised from that point on. Reyanna Torrence, Rachel Bradford and Amanda D'Ostroph led the way with six points each. Whitney Walden chipped in five, Morgan Carlyle four and LaShonda Dowdy netted three.
PHS Jayvees Split
The Pinecrest junior varsity girls' basketball team lost its first game of the season by a 34-32 score in Southern Pines Tuesday.
Pinecrest held a seven-point lead entering the fourth quarter after trailing for most of the first three quarters. But Richmond battled back down the stretch making several key free throws. A last- second putback attempt for the Patriots failed as Pinecrest fell to 1-1 in Mid-Southeastern conference play and 6-1 overall.
The junior varsity boys had their usual battle against the Raiders, but roared away late to grab a 58-47 win to remain undefeated for the season.
A sluggish start for both teams culminated in a 25-22 lead for the Patriots at intermission. The third quarter began with Richmond pounding the ball inside to Peterson and Lockhart. Midway through the quarter, the Patriots found themselves trailing by five points.
But a defensive adjustment and six points by Tony Allbrooks rallied the home team, which pulled away for the win. The Patriots are 7-0 overall. Jahrelle Person had 12 points and five rebounds. Allbrooks had 12 points and four steals.
O'Neal Middle School Action
The O'Neal Middle School hoops teams lost to Westmoore last Friday, then earned a split with New Century on Monday. Against New Century, the Falcon boys won 38-33 in overtime, while New Century defeated the girls 20-13. Bryce Baldelli led the Falcon boys in scoring with 15 points.
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