New Hanover 52 Topsail 47
After escaping with a two-point win earlier this week, New Hanover found itself down by three moving into the fourth quarter before rallying past Topsail in the final minutes to grab a 52-47 triumph in Hampstead.
With 1:48 remaining and the Wildcats in front 48-47, Ramello Williams knocked down four clutch free throws down the stretch to secure the win. Williams was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and scored a game-high 24 points. Josh Aldrich added 11 on 5-of-6 shooting.
Topsail carried a 27-24 edge at the half and maintained a 37-34 advantage moving into the final frame, but just 3-of-12 at the foul line. Point guard Freddie Taylor had four steals and four assists for New Hanover.
The Wildcats moved to 4-0 in league play and 13-3 on the year. Topsail dropped its second contest in four days late in the game to fall to 0-4 in the division and 8-6 overall.
Hoggard 57 South Brunswick 35
Hoggard picked up its play on both ends of the floor Friday night with a 15-0 run during the second quarter as the Vikings grabbed a 57-35 win at home over South Brunswick.
With a 13-9 edge after Tyler Steinman sank a three-pointer late in the opening frame, Hoggard ran off 15 unanswered points during the next eight minutes. Grantland Adams started the run from beyond the arc and hit four treys overall on his way to a game-high 15 points.
Steinman chipped in with nine points and Tyler Matlock added eight points. Hoggard moved to 2-2 in conference and 8-6 this season. South Brunswick was led by Jace McKinney’s 11 points.
S. Brunswick 9-0-10-16=35
West Brunswick 47 Laney 46
For the second time in as many games Laney could not convert on a last second shot to win or tie the game. West Brunswick held off the Bucs, 47-46, on Friday night.
The Trojans were ahead 44-39 with less than four minutes to play when a quick 5-0 spurt tied the game. Tyquan Berry knocked down a three-ball to close the gap and Sherod Sidbury drove to the basket for two points to make it 44-all with 3:21 left in the game.
The Trojans moved to 2-1 in conference and 10-3 overall. Laney fell to 1-2 in the division and 7-7 on the year.
W. Brunswick 11-12-12-12=47
Harrells Christian 63 Cape Fear Academy 59 (OT)
Southwest Onslow 80 North Brunswick 67
Hoggard 67 South Brunswick 27
Hoggard scored nine straight points to open the game and rolled to its 10th consecutive victory following a 67-27 rout over South Brunswick. The Vikings remain unbeaten inside league play, improving to 4-0 in the division and 13-1 overall.
Alani Fisher led the way with a game-high 20 points. The senior guard scored 14 in the first half, finishing 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. Hoggard led 16-2 after the opening period. Lola Lovitt contributed 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals as 10 different players found the scoring sheet. Keeley Britt added nine points.
The Vikings (4-0, 13-1) return to action at home against Laney on Wednesday, Jan. 11. South Brunswick travels to Laney on Monday, Jan. 9.
S. Brunswick 2-9-9-7=27
New Hanover 61 Topsail 21
Make it six wins in a row for the New Hanover girls basketball team as the Wildcats cruised to a 61-21 victory at Topsail. New Hanover is tied alongside Hoggard with a 4-0 mark inside conference, moving to 13-3 overall.
The Wildcats overcame a slow start and nine-point deficit in the first quarter to grab the decisive result. New Hanover extended its cushion to 27-13 at halftime and put up 24 points during the third stanza.
Azariah Fields led all scorers with 21 points, while Amani Muhammad and Ayonna Cotten added 13 apiece.
Both teams get back on the floor on Monday Jan. 9. Topsail (2-2, 8-5) heads to West Brunswick. New Hanover (4-0, 13-3) returns to Brogden Hall for a home date against Ashley.
New Hanover 11-16-24-10=61
Laney 37 West Brunswick 34 (OT)
With the game tied at 34 in overtime, Jenson Edwards knocked down three of four attempts from the free throw line over the final minute of play to lift Laney past West Brunswick, 37-34. The win snapped a three-game skid for the Bucs, who grabbed their first conference win.
The seesaw battle saw the score tied at 17 moving into the second half. West Brunswick carried a 27-24 advantage with eight minutes to go in regulation when Edwards drained a long range shot to tie the score at the seven minute mark of the fourth quarter.
Edwards was able to put Laney ahead 35-34 after hitting 1 of 2 free throws with 50 seconds to play in the extra stanza, the junior guard grabbed her own rebound and sealed the contest after being sent to the line again.
The Bucs (1-2, 10-5) play host to South Brunswick on Monday, Jan. 9. West Brunswick (0-3, 5-8) entertains Topsail.
North Brunswick 59 Southwest Onlsow 32
Taylor Perkins dropped 19 of her game-high 21 points in the first half as North Brunswick jumped out to an early lead and never looked back following a 59-32 result against Southwest Onslow. The Scorpions are 2-0 in East Central Conference and 12-2 overall.
North Brunswick carried a nine-point lead into the second quarter and led 35-19 at halftime. The Scorpions had 11 different players find the scoring column. Jada Bellamy added eight points.
Cape Fear Academy 52 Harrells Christian 43
Wilmington Christian 62 Faith-Goldsboro 44
Abby Squires recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Wilmington Christian in a 62-44 win on Friday night. Caroline Leggett put in 19 points and Lydia Bradshaw added 17 for the Patriots.