Boys, girls high school basketball teams continue early season swing

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Boys basketball

Ashley 56   South Australia 43

Ryan Keller. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams
Ryan Keller. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams

Omar Sharaf and Ryan Keller scored 10 points apiece to guide Ashley in a 56-43 victory over South Australia.

The Screaming Eagles trailed by two after the opening frame, but held the Aussies to just four points over the next eight minutes to grab a 29-19 lead at the break. Sharaf, Keller and Josh Smiley had eight points each headed into the third quarter, while Jiques Morant chipped in with eight points in the final period to seal the win.

Ashley improved to 2-1 overall heading into a road game against North Brunswick on Friday, Dec. 4

S. Australia 15-4-7-17=43

Ashley        13-16-10-17=56

Laney 62   Pender 56

Trailing by double digits at the break, Laney stormed back in the second half to overcome a 14-point deficit following a 62-56 victory against Pender on Tuesday night.

Both teams traded baskets down the stretch until the Bucs took a 59-56 lead with one minute to play in regulation. Chris Bennett then sank 1 of 2 from the free throw line and Laney hit two more from the charity in the final 60 seconds to seal the win.

Bennett recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Marquan Miller hit for a team-high 15 points.

Trailing 37-26 headed into the third quarter, Miller scored in transition off the lay-in to knock the deficit to eight with two minutes to play in the period, while Jordan John trained a three-ball followed by a Miller two-point bucket to cut the Patriots’ lead to four moving into the final frame.

Tyler French tied the game early in the fourth quarter and two free throws by Miller made it 51-48 with 5:20 remaining. Bennett kept it a three-point advantage on a traditional three-point play at the four-minute mark, but Pender kept pace over the next few possessions to make it 54-all at 2:41 in regulation.

French added 14 points and nine boards. Miller also dished five assists for the Bucs. Laney outscored the Patriots 18-8 in over the final eight minutes to move to 4-0 overall.

Pender   17-20-11-8=56

Laney    12-14-18-18=62

North Brunswick 45   South Brunswick 44

Brandon Gonzales had 12 points to lead South Brunswick. Xavier Williams and Kareem Randolph also added 10 points apiece for the Cougars.

Coastal Christian 55    Bethel Christian 48 

Roy Holdford had nine points for Coastal. .
Roy Holdford had nine points for Coastal. .

Brian Howell had 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Michael Parker led Coastal Christian with 15 points in the win.

The Centurions trailed by four as the game moved into the fourth quarter, but outscored Bethel 20-9 during the final frame to grab the victory.

Coastal- 12-9-14-20=55

Bethel 8-17-14-9=48

West Brunswick 80    Myrtle Beach Christian 65

Ty Hill had 29 points, seven assists and nine rebounds to lead West Brunswick past Myrtle Beach Christian 80-65 on Tuesday night.

Josh Woodard recorded a double-double for the Trojans with 12 points and 14 boards, while freshman Caleb Gilbert added nine points.

 

Topsail 54    White Oak 46

Wilmington Christian 55    Cape Fear Academy 49

 

Girls basketball

South Australia 63   Ashley 36 

Serenity Williams boxes out her counterpart from South Australia.
Serenity Williams boxes out her counterpart from South Australia.

South Australia defeated its second Wilmington school in as many nights following a 63-36 victory against Ashley on Tuesday.

Madi Round led four players in double figures for South Australia with 14 points. Abi Madar added 12, while Brenna McKay scored 11.

Lola Lovitt paced Ashley with 10 points. Dana Craig and Carly Baron had seven apiece.

S. Australia 16-9-19-19=63

Ashley 9-7-6-14=36

Topsail 55   White Oak 9

Dominique Bryan had 18 points for Topsail. Keri White added 10 and Desi Montano chipped in with eight in the 55-19 win over White Oak

North Brunswick 52   South Brunswick 32

Taylor Perkins nearly recorded a triple-double in her first game for North Brunswick to help guide the Scorpions past South Brunswick 52-32 on Tuesday.

Perkins had 12 points, 10 steals and seven rebounds in the win.

Danecia Thomas-Price paced the Cougars with 14 points.

 

Laney 45   Pender 20

Lexi Melville led all scorers for 10 points for Laney in a 45-20 win at home against Pender.

Pender   2-5-0-13=20

Laney    8-13-9-14=45

Coastal Christian 37    Bethel Christian 32  

Lillian Quinn. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Lillian Quinn. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams

Trailing by five headed into the fourth quarter, Coastal Christian outplayed Bethel Christian over the final eight minutes to grab a 37-32 road win on Tuesday.

Abby Parker had 15 points for the Centurions.

Coastal  9-9-4-15=37

Bethel 8-6-11-7=32

West Brunswick 43   Myrtle Beach Christian 32

Cape Fear Academy 48    Wilmington Christian Academy 45

Cape Fear Academy overcame a seven point deficit after the first quarter to pull out a 48-45 triumph over Wilmington Christian Academy.

Junior Abby Squires led WCA with 23 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Freshman Ashley Hardee added 10 points.

CFA   6-14-17-11=48

WCA  13-11-8-12=45