North Brunswick 59 South Brunswick 44
North Brunswick grabbed a season-sweep over cross-county foe South Brunswick following a 59-44 victory in Boiling Springs Lake.
It was the Scorpions’ third straight win to improve to 5-2 overall as North Brunswick defeated the Cougars, Ashley and West Brunswick to close a 3-0 week. Sarah Bell hit three treys in the first half and finished with a team-high 15 points on Friday night.
“We definitely had a big boost over the last five days,” said North Brunswick Coach Travis Fortune. “To get three wins against three Mideastern Conference teams will hopefully help us down the road.”
Despite going 2 of 12 from the free throw line over the opening 16 minutes, North Brunswick used a 13-0 run over the final three minutes of the second quarter to grab a 26-14 advantage at the break. Abi Spivey drained a three-ball for the Cougars to give the home side its first lead of the game at 14-13 at the midway point of the period, but a couple of free throws by Jada Bellamy put the Scorpions up for good.
Bell had an offensive rebound and put back to go up three and knocked down a two-point jump shot from the baseline on the next possession to make it a five-point cushion. A lay-in by Bellamy and Bell’s third three-pointer of the half extended the lead, while Bellamy hit from inside the paint to close the frame.
Bellamy scored eight of her 10 points in the second quarter, while Bell hit for 10 over the eight minute stretch.
“We came out flat tonight,” Fortune added. “We reverted back to the old North Brunswick unable to make free throws and shooting decent from the outside. I think we were able to get moving in transition, which led to some easy baskets and that helped us heading into the half.”
Trailing 39-20, South Brunswick closed the deficit to as few as 11 with an 8-0 spurt to open the fourth period thanks to a pair of treys by Danecia Thomas-Price and Abi Spivey, but two free throws from Unique Hines and back-to-back buckets by Taylor Perkins secured the double-digit result.
“I gave the starters a little breather and give credit to South Brunswick for fighting back with a couple of three-pointers, but we were able to keep our intensity defensively and able to finish it off.”
Three players finished in double figures for North Brunswick as Perkins closed with 15 points. Thomas-Price had a game-high 16 points to lead South Brunswick, while Spivey recorded 15 points and five rebounds. Kiara Grainger also pulled down nine boards and recorded two blocks.
N. Brunswick 8-18-13-20=59
S. Brunswick 4-10-6-24=44
Hoggard 40 Jacksonville 39 (OT)
Topsail 54 Trask 13
Dominque Bryant scored a game-high 15 points as Topsail cruised to a 54-13 win over Trask on Friday night.
The Pirates improved to 7-0 overall heading into their conference opener next week at home against Hoggard. Keri White added 14 points for the Pirates and Lauren Caveness chipped in with seven.
Laney 46 Pender 25
The Bucs moved to 5-3 overall.
St. David’s 45 Coastal Christian 37
Abby Parker had 17 points and Sabrina Sims added 11 for Coastal Christian.