Topsail 64 Coastal Christian 52
The Topsail girls ran their unbeaten streak to five straight as the Pirates broke away from Coastal Christian in the second half to grab a 64-52 win on Tuesday night.
With the score tied at the break, Topsail went on a 12-4 push and gained a double digit lead headed into the final eight minutes. Lauren Caveness and Keri White hit back-to-back shots from behind the arc midway through the final frame to secure the result.
“We just played harder in the second half,” said Topsail Coach Andrew Ellington. “We were getting outplayed and defensively we changed things up a bit. We got into a zone, started to get into the passing lanes and forced some turnovers. ”
Caveness sank three treys overall and finished with a team-high 19 points, while Dominique Bryant chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds.
The Pirates grabbed an early 8-5 advantage before Coastal Christian used a 11-0 run to take an eight-point edge. Sabrina Sims started the push with a coast-to-coast lay-in and Sam Stanko sank a three-ball to give the Centurions a 10-8 lead with two minutes to play in the first period.
A steal and layup by Samko ended the quarter and Sims finished a traditional three-point play from the free throw line to open the second frame as Topsail had a four minute scoring drought before Bryant sank a pair of foul shots.
The Pirates answered with a 13-2 push and eventually took a 22-18 lead to force a Coastal Christian timeout. Caveness scored seven straight during the stretch and fed Miya Jacobs for points in the paint.
A pair of long range shots by Abby Parker put the Centurions back in front before Brandy Williams got a two-point bucket to square things up at 26-all to close the first half.
Williams had 10 points to put three Topsail players in double figures, while White added nine points and five steals.
“I’ve tried to make sure the girls knew that we couldn’t be complacent despite some of the early success we’ve had,” Ellington added. “I knew this would be the hardest game to date and I thought we responded in the second half. It’s good to have that adversity.”
Sims kept things close through the final 16 minutes of action with a pair of three-point plays and accounted for all 10 points scored by Coastal Christian in the third quarter. She had a game-high 25 points.
Topsail improved to 5-0 overall and face Pender on Wednesday. Coastal Christian goes on a 10-day hiatus before returning to the floor against Trinity Christian on Dec. 18.
Topsail- Lauren Caveness, 19 points; Dominique Bryant, 15 points; Brandy Williams, 11 points; Keri White, 9 points; Miya Jacobs, 6 points; Carmen Pyrtle, 5 points;
Coastal Christian- Sabrina Sims, 25 points; Sam Stanko, 10 points; Abby Parker, 8 points; Lillian Quinn, 6 points; Julia Masters, 2 points; Olivia Edwards, 2 points;
Hoggard 63 Trask 10
Emma Haywood had 13 points as Hoggard rolled to a 63-10 victory against Trask on Tuesday.
Aleah Thompson added 11 points and six rebounds, while Venice Leone had eight points. The Vikings improved to 4-0 overall.
Hoggard went 23 of 45 from the field and pulled down 21 offensive rebounds. Haywood shot 5 of 6 from the floor.
East Bladen 52 Ashley 39
Lacey Suggs scored a game-high 24 points to lead East Bladen in a 52-39 victory over Ashley.
The Screaming Eagles jumped out to an early 13-6 lead after the opening eight minutes thanks to a pair of jump shots by Lola Lovitt.
Lovitt had a team-high 16 points, but East Bladen grabbed a one-point advantage at the half and kept Ashley in single digits over each of the final two periods of play.
E. Bladen 6-16-13-17=52
North Brunswick 40 West Brunswick 37
Taylor Perkins had 18 points, nine steals and five rebounds to guide North Brunswick past West Brunswick 40-37 on Tuesday night.
The Trojans had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but an inbound pass was stolen away by the Scorpions to secure the win.
Jada Bellamy chipped in with nine points for the Scorpions, while Kaitlyn Bellamy and Breanna Mercer led West Brunswick with six points apiece.
W. Brunswick 9-10-7-11=37
N. Brunswick 9-15-6-10=40
New Hanover 54 Pender 18
Cape Fear Academy 26 Wilmington Christian Academy 22
Abby Squires had 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocks for Wilmington Christian.