Sports Briefs: Jackson Lifts O'Neal Girls at Buzzer
Maggie Jackson hit a long jumper as time expired Tuesday to give The O’Neal School girls’ basketball team its first win of the season.
The Lady Falcons (1-4) topped visiting Faith Christian 35-33 in the thriller. Coach Don Woodfield described the game as a “see-saw” affair that had several leads changes. His team led every quarter except the first.
Woodfield said O’Neal had several good chances to score as time ran out before Jackson hit from the top of the key. Jackson led the Falcon scoring with 13. Mary Dixon had six, Maeve Bartiss and Maura Thornton each had five, Claire Russel had four and Virginia Woollens had two.
Ashton Allred led the way for Faith Christian with 11 points. Ashley Swany had 10, Cassidy Shoun had four, Abby Shoun and Katelyn Edmisten had three and Lauren Key had one.
Both the girls’ and boys’ teams travel to St. David’s tonight.
O’Neal Boys Drop FC in OT
The O’Neal School boys’ basketball team got past visiting Faith Christian 63-55 in overtime Tuesday.
The Falcons (3-2) held a 29-26 advantage at the half and trailed by one heading into the fourth quarter.
But after battling to a tie, O’Neal went on an 11-3 run in the extra frame to seal the win.
Sophomore Jacob Talbert had another monster game for the Falcons, scoring 26 points. Charlie Johnson had 19, while Colin Jameson had seven.
Caleb Freeman was Faith Christian’s top scorer with 13 points.
Flyers Hoops Starts Strong
The Sandhills Community College men’s basketball team is off to a strong start in 2010.
The Flyers now sit at 8-2 on the season, with their most recent victory coming Tuesday on the road against the Averett University (Va.) jayvee squad 75-50.
Daquain Towns led the way with 14 points, five rebounds and an assist. Raheem Joliffe had 12, while Phillip Moultrie and Erick Ewing each chipped in 10. Clay Thorne had 10 rebounds, while Ewing had six.
The Flyers also enjoyed a nice home win against Wake Tech last week, 92-83.
Sandhills sophomore Phillip Moultrie led the Flyers in that game with a double-double — 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Sandhills led 39-33 at halftime in the game, described as a hard and tough contest.
A run to start the second half put SCC up 12, but the Eagles came storming back. The game was back and forth down the final stretch.
Moultrie downed a dunk off an assist from Clay Throne. Thorne put back a missed Joe Houpe free throw and guard Dre Huntley hit Moultrie on a fast break en route to the win.
“The contribution we got tonight from everyone was tremendous, whoever we put in the game, whenever we put them in there made plays,” coach Aaron Denton said on the SCC athletic website. “If we continue to build on that type of team effort this season is going to be a lot of fun.
“This is the most together team I’ve ever coached; it’s great to see it showing up on the court.”
Denton said his team continues has received great support from the community and school, and that their home court — O’Neal’s Tate gymnasium — was filled once again.
It was the second victory for Sandhills over Wake Tech this season. They topped the Eagles 83-80 in Raleigh on Nov. 3.
The Flyers move on to the second leg of a four-game road trip. They were scheduled to travel to the Guilford College jayvee team Thursday before heading to Methodist University (JV) and Rockingham Community College next week.
PC Jayvees Win
The Pinecrest boys’ and girls’ jayvee basketball teams are both 2-1 after bringing home victories from Red Springs on Tuesday.
The Patriot boys defeated the Red Devils 52-33. Justin Ray led Coach Ronshau Cole’s squad with 14 points. Jerryl Liles and Chyshad McGriff each scored eight points, and Montel King and Charles Woodard added six apiece.
Brianna Alston scored 11 points as the Patriot girls coached by Janie Hodges rolled to a 37-9 victory.
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