Hoggard 33 New Hanover 27
One year ago the Hoggard girls basketball team felt what it was like to drop the final game of the Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament. In what was sure to be just a sneak peak of their two regular season matchups to come in the New Year, the two crosstown rivals battled for the entire 32 minutes at Trask Coliseum.
With that feeling in their back of their minds heading into Wednesday night’s rematch with New Hanover, the Vikings may have not played their best game of the year, but did just enough to avenge last season’s setback to clinch its first ever tournament title following a 33-27 victory against the Wildcats.
“It means to a lot after coming up short last year,” said Hoggard Coach Boubacar Aw. “It wasn’t a pretty game, but our girls work extremely hard and they stuck with it.”
Tournament MVP Emma Haywood scored nine of her game-high 11 points after the break and Keely Britt used a soft touch in the paint for the first field goal of the fourth quarter to grab a 30-22 advantage for Hoggard with three minutes to play in regulation.
“I think it was a great team win,” said Haywood, who averaged 12 points per game during the three-day event. “There’s a lot to learn from this game and we have to get a lot better if we want to make another run like last season. We’re glad we won, but we have a lot to work on to reach our other goals. It means a lot to get the award, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates.“
Baskets were hard to come by throughout much of the contest as there were a total of nine points in the opening eight minutes of action. Mia Boone opened the scoring with a baseline jumper for the Vikings and Haywood found Keehly Britt for two points inside and an early 4-0 lead.
Ayonna Cotten answered for the Wildcats with a hard drive in the lane, while Amya Marshall knocked down her only field goal of the game and Azariah Fields hit one of two from the free throw line to give New Hanover a one-point advantage.
The aggressive play continued into the second stanza as Hoggard outscored New Hanover 14-10 in the frame to grab a three-point cushion at the break. Alisha Fisher knocked down her only long range shot to make it 9-5, and Aleah Thompson finished a traditional three-point play from the charity stripe late in the first half to go up by five.
“I thought they were more physical than we were tonight and that’s what kept them in the game,” Aw added. “My girls are very resilient and I think in order to win this conference we have to be mentally and physically tough. We push them hard for these kind of games.”
Trailing by five early in the third quarter, Amani Muhammad hit one free throw and scored on the next possession to pull within two. Cotten knocked down her second three-point later in the period to cut the deficit to 24-21, but Haywood knocked down a jumper from the elbow, while Fisher found a loose ball in the final seconds of the third quarter and drained an off balanced attempt before the buzzer to give the Vikings its largest lead of the game.
Haywood added seven rebounds and five assists in the result.
With their fourth straight win, Hoggard improved to 11-3 overall. The Vikings are 2-0 in conference and return to league play against West Brunswick on January 5. They face New Hanover twice more during the regular season on January 12 and February 5.
“We have some tough teams in this conference,” Aw said. “We came through tonight and will continue to work hard. Our girls work hard and do what we ask them to do.”
The Wildcats saw their eight game winning streak come to an end as New Hanover fell to 9-4 on the year. They get back on the floor at Laney on January 5.
All Tournament Team: Emma Haywood, Hoggard; Alani Fisher, Hoggard; Ayonna Cotten, New Hanover; Jazlin Taylor, T.W. Andrews
T.W. Andrews 57 Ashley 47
The Red Raiders outscored Ashley 14-4 in overtime to record a 57-47 victory late Wednesday afternoon.
Kyree Hall led all scorers with 15 points for T.W. Andrews. She scored 10 points after the break and went 7 of 7 from the free throw line. Jazlin Taylor added 14 points and Jordan Quick chipped in with 12 to put three Red Raiders in double digits.
With Ashley trailing by two in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter, Morgan Carpenter hit a layup just before the buzzer to send the game into an extra four minute period.
The Screaming Eagles carried a 23-20 advantage at the half and led by six after three quarters of play. Carly Baron hit three shots from long range to finish with a team-high 13 points, while Dana Craig chipped in with 11 for Ashley.
T.W. Andrews went 2-1 over the three day tournament with back-to-back results, while Ashley went 1-2 during the holiday break.
Conway 44 Laney 25
Down by one headed into the fourth quarter, Conway scored the games next 20 points en route to a 44-25 win over Laney in Hanover Hall on Wednesday.
With the Bucs in front 25-24, Conway held Laney scoreless over the final eight minutes of the game. Meme Williams scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the fourth period, while Danecia Hemingway chipped in with eight points.
The Tigers led 12-6 after the opening frame and maintained a one-point lead headed into the second quarter.
Baley Edwards led Laney with eight points and Lexi Melville added seven for the Bucs, who fell to 6-6 overall. Laney looks to improve on its 1-0 mark in conference when they return to the floor at home against New Hanover on January 5.
Socastee 44 West Florence 39
Mia Angelo scored 12 of her game-high 16 points after the break to lead Socastee past West Florence 44-39 in Hanover Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
West Florence carried a 36-31 advantage into the fourth quarter, but scored only three points over the final eight minutes of regulation. They were outscored 13-3 in the final frame as Shayla Baldwin chipped in nine points for Socastee. Timesha Bolling sank three treys and finished with a team-high 11 points for West Florence.