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Boys basketball

Ashley 82    North Brunswick 56 

Qadhafi Turner. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Qadhafi Turner. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams

Four different players finished in double figures to guide Ashley past North Brunswick 82-56 on Wednesday.

The Screaming Eagles jumped out to a 22-7 lead after the first quarter thanks to a balanced scoring effort. Qadhafi Turner led all scorers with 18 points, going 8 of 11 from the free throw line and a pair of three-pointers.

Ashley had a 19 point cushion at the break and put the game away over the final 16 minutes of action.

Josh Smiley chipped in with 11 points, while Bryston Davis added 11. D.C. Russ finished with 10.

Pender 63   Topsail 51

South Brunswick 46    East Columbus 41

South Brunswick trailed by five after the opening eight minutes, but grabbed a two-possession lead at the break before Cougars rallied in the second half to pick up a 46-39 victory over East Columbus on Tuesday.

Leading by as many as 13 early in the fourth quarter, the Gators closed the gap to five with two minutes remaining.


Girls basketball

North Brunswick 55    Ashley 53  (OT)

Jada Bellamy hit the game-winning jump shot with 5.3 seconds remaining in overtime to lift North Brunswick past Ashley 55-53 on Wednesday night.

Jada Bellamy. Photo courtesy Cape Fear Photography.
Jada Bellamy. Photo courtesy Cape Fear Photography.

The Scorpions erased a 14 point fourth quarter deficit to force the extra period tied 47-all. Bellamy scored 10 of her 16 points over the final eight minutes of regulation, while Taylor Perkins put in a game-high 20 points, including a pair of two-point buckets and one free throw in overtime.

Ashley had two players in double figures as Dana Craig put in a team-high 17 points. Lola Lovitt chipped in with 15.

Topsail 55    Pender 23

The Lady Pirates moved to 6-0 on the young season following a 55-23 victory over Pender.

Topsail picked up its second win in as many days thanks to well-round effort in the scoring column. Dominique Bryant had a team-high 16 points and Keri White added 11. Lauren Caveness added eight.

East Columbus 49   South Brunswick 31

 Danecia Thomas-Price and Abi Spivey had 12 points apiece for South Brunswick.