Sports Briefs: SCC Flyers Stay Perfect
Sandhills Community College improved to 8-0 with a 110-86 road win against the Pfeiffer junior varsity team on Wednesday.
The No. 1 in NJCAA Division III Flyers were led by Raheem Washington with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Kermeriaz Harrington added 17 points and eight rebounds. T.J. Jones contributed 14 points, three rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Also for the winners, Montre’l Cook had 11 points, including a trio of threes and six assists. Devonte Herring was credited with seven assists.
The Flyers travel to Guilford Tech for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday, seeking their 20th win in a row going back to last season’s national championship run.
Patriot Boys Fall in Jayvee Hoops
Stephon Stephens drained a three to give the Pinecrest junior varsity basketball team an early 8-0 lead at home against Mount Zion Christian Academy on Tuesday.
The visitors took their first lead at 15-13 on a finger-roll layup for two by Juwan Bland. Bland went on to dominate play, scoring 24 points as the Patriots (2-1) fell 54-42.
Taye Baker led the Patriots with eight points, followed by Stephens with seven.
Grace Christian Defeats O’Neal Boys
Grace Christian defeated visiting O’Neal 76-63 Tuesday in boys’ high school basketball.
After Grace Christian got hot from behind the three-point line in the third quarter to break open a close game, the two teams opened the third quarter with Grace Christian leading 42-31, but Grace Christian got hot from behind the arc in the third quarter to break away from the Falcons. At the end of three, the Falcons trailed 65-44.
Mark Riches had 32 points to lead Grace Christian, and B.J. Harrison hit six threes in adding 25.
Jacob Talbert paced O’Neal with 23, and Jack Johnston had 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Luke Elliott added eight points as nine players contributed to the Falcons’ point total.
O’Neal, now 1-1 for the season, plays Friday at Faith Christian.
Lady Crusaders Top Falcons
While O’Neal neutralized Grace Christian’s top scorer Anna Murr Tuesday in Sanford, holding her well below her season average of 32 points, Grace’s Brooke Strickland stepped up with a game-high 30 points to lead Grace Christian over the Lady Falcons 71-36.
“Our game plan all along was to hold Anna Murr in check with a girl on her at all times and to double her when she received the ball,” said Falcon coach Carl Bryan.
“(Grace Christian) Coach Murr does a wonderful job with his program and it is consistently one of the top programs in the state,” Bryan said. “While the score does not reflect how well our Lady Falcons did, we were able to establish a better game tempo in the second half and actually outscored them in the third period.”
Maggie Jackson led the Falcons with 13 points, while Katherine Wooddell and Cydney Baldwin both chipped in with six points each.
O’Neal, now 0-2 for the season, travels to Faith Christian to play Friday. The next home game for the Falcons is a rematch with Grace Christian next Monday.
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