Wildcats look for back-to-back tournament titles; Summerville tops Roger Bacon in boys semifinals

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New Hanover 52    Laney 29 (girls)

The New Hanover girls basketball team will look to win back-to-back Leon Brogden Tournament Championships as the Wildcats used a big second half to run away from Laney in a 52-29 victory on Tuesday night.

“I thought we picked up our play on the defensive end of the floor and that helped generate some offense,” said New Hanover Coach Vertha Dixon-Wright. “We were able to make some adjustments and it helped to get good looks.”

Azariah Fields, right, guards Jayda Malone. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams
Azariah Fields, right, guards Jayda Malone. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams

Ayonna Cotton led all scorers with 17 points. The junior guard hit three shots from long range and went 4 of 4 from the charity stripe. Michelle Jacobs also contributed with 10 points in the win.

The Bucs drained six treys in the first half to stay within striking distance as Baley Edwards scored nine of her team-high 11 points from behind the arc.

New Hanover led 17-11 after the opening eight minutes of action and took a 10-point advantage into the break. They held Laney to just nine points in the second half and Amani Muhammed scored six points in the final frame for the Wildcats. Muhammed finished with nine points and Kaleigh Merrell chipped in with seven.

New Hanover faces Hoggard in the tournament finals for the second straight year. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. inside Trask Coliseum on Wednesday. Laney takes Conway at 1:30 p.m.

Laney  11-9-5-4=29

NHHS   17-13-8-14=52


Summerville 70    Roger Bacon 67 (boys)

Trailing by nine at the half, Summerville surged in the third quarter to secure a spot in the 22nd Annual Leon Brogden Tournament Championship following a 70-67 victory over Roger Bacon High School on Tuesday night.

Terrelle Bowens recorded a game-high 27 points and scored 16 after the break to aid the Green Wave. Jonathan Bennett added 16 points and Shaun Moorer chipped in with 12. Summerville went 18 of 29 from the free throw line. They outscored the Spartans 23-7 in the third quarter to grab a five-point lead headed into the final frame.

James Johnson hit four three-pointers and led Roger Bacon with 19 points. Alec Pfriem added 12 in the setback.

Summerville faces Cary in the tournament finals at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Roger Bacon plays New Hanover in the third-place consolation game at 4 p.m. in Trask Coliseum.

Roger Bacon  18-24-7-18=67

Summerville   17-14-23-16=70


 Day three schedule

Finals: Cary vs. Summerville (boys) at 7:30 p.m.

Finals: Hoggard vs. New Hanover (girls) at 6 p.m.

Third-place game: New Hanover vs. Roger Bacon (boys) at 4:30 p.m.

Ashley vs. T.W. Andrews (girls) at 3 p.m.

T.C. Williams vs. Hoggard (boys) at 1:30 p.m.

Laney vs. Conway (girls) at 1:30 p.m.

Laney vs. Ashley (boys) at 12 p.m.

Socastee vs. Florence (girls) at 1:30 p.m.