Vikings Claim Sweep Over Mustangs
The Union Pines basketball teams won two games against cross-county rival North Moore Tuesday night at Robbins.
In the first game of the evening, the Viking girls avenged an earlier loss to North Moore in the Pilot Cup Tournament by defeating the Mustangs, 43-38. The Union Pines boys defeated North Moore in the nightcap by a score of 48-44.
North Moore pulled within one point, 39-38 with about two minutes remaining in the girls' game, and then committed four quick personal fouls to move into a one-and-one situation.
Courtney Sauer made good on two free throws to give the Vikings a three-point edge. Kira Fairley intercepted an inbound pass and took the ball down the court for the Vikings' final score.
Fairley led the Vikings in scoring with 13 points, while Lindsay Wilborn contributed nine points. Allison Braswell and Brittany Harper scored 11 and nine points, respectively, for North Moore.
Union Pines' record improved to 1-2 for the season, while North Moore's record dropped to 2-2.
In the boys' game, the Mustangs, led by Jerome Maness and Ryan Chisholm, held a four-point edge at the end of the first quarter, but the Vikings came back strong in the second period, outscoring the Mustangs 14-7 to lead at the intermission by a score of 25-20. The two teams played even throughout the third quarter. Union Pines held on for the four-point win in a back-and-forth final period.
"I was proud of the way my team played tonight," said Mustang coach Chris Coble. "They were in the game the whole time."
The Vikings' record improved to 2-1 with the win, and North Moore's record fell to 2-2 for the season.
"North Moore played a good game against us," said Viking coach Bobby Purvis. "We finally got control of the glass (backboards) toward the end of the game."
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