High School Basketball: New Hanover, Hoggard boys, girls atop division, late season clash looms

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 Boys basketball

Hoggard 53      Ashley 47

With a one-point edge early in the fourth quarter, Hoggard went on a key 11-0 run over the next few minutes to build a lead it would not relinquish as the Vikings extended its win streak to nine straight following a 53-47 victory against Ashley.

Robert Wilkerson. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams.
Robert Wilkerson. (Photo courtesy of Rodney Williams)

Since defeating the Screaming Eagles, 51-48, during the Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament on Dec. 22, Hoggard has won 13 of their last 14 games.  Averaging 11.4 points per outing, Robert Wilkerson led all scorers with 17 points. The senior guard hits five field goals, one three pointer and finished 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

Trailing 34-31 moving into the final frame, Altavon Mack pulled Ashley to within a bucket before Wilkerson and Rashod Wallace took over the scoring. Tyler Steinman connected on his second shot from beyond the arc to cap the push, giving Hoggard a 45-33 advantage. Wallace finished in double figures with 12 points, including 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. Steinman finished with eight.

The Vikings carried a two possession lead after the opening eight minutes as the seesaw battle continued into the second period. Ashley trailed 20-18 at the break. Mack scored a team-high 15 points to lead the Screaming Eagles.  Jordan Gagum added 11 and Daitreon Daye contributed 10. Ashley dropped to 6-3 in conference and 12-8 overall.

The Vikings (8-2, 15-6) are now tied with New Hanover (8-2, 18-5) for the division lead at 8-2 overall moving into a Friday night clash with the Wildcats at Brogden Hall.

New Hanover 69    South Brunswick 46 

New Hanover shot 57 percent on Tuesday night to grab a decisive 69-46 win over South Brunswick. Ramello Williams went 8-of-11 from the field and 4-for-5 at the free throw line to lead all scorers with 20 points.

Hayden Edgar connected on all six shots and both attempts from the charity stripe to add 14 points. Edgar also pulled down seven rebounds, while Freddie Taylor dished 16 assists.

The Wildcats (8-2, 18-5) look to avenge an early season setback to Hoggard on Friday, Feb. 3. New Hanover has back-to-back games to its crosstown rival dating back to last season by a combined five points.

Kayleigh Merrell has played a big role in New Hanovers success this season. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Kayleigh Merrell has played a big role in New Hanovers success this season. (Photo courtesy of Rodney Williams)

Laney  51  Topsail 41


Girls basketball

New Hanover 69    South Brunswick 26

There’s been no letdown for the Wildcats as New Hanover remained unbeaten atop the Mideastern Conference following a decisive 69-26 result in a regular season sweep over South Brunswick.

Kayleigh Merrell scored a season high 20 points, while Ayonna Cotton contributed 13 points and eight assists. Azariah Fields added eight points. The Wildcats grew their advantage to 36-15 at the break and never looked back.

New Hanover has now won 13 games in a row to improve to 10-0 in conference and 20-2 overall. With the victory, the Wildcats have clinched three straight 20 win seasons.

New Hanover (10-0, 20-2) looks to keep the division lead in a battle for first place at Brodgen Hall on Friday, Feb. 3 against Hoggard (9-1, 18-3).

Hoggard 53     Ashley 40  

Blair Barefoot helped guide Hoggard on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams.
Blair Barefoot helped guide Hoggard on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Rodney Williams)


Hoggard kept pace in the race for a regular season conference title on Tuesday night as the Vikings rolled to a 53-40 win against Ashley.

Olivia Hawkins  led the way off the bench with 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Hoggard carried a 21-9 advantage the break.

Blair Barefoot added 11 in the effort. She was 5-for-8 from the free throw line, with seven assists. Angel Smith pulled down eight rebounds and grabbed five steals.

Topsail 40    Laney 35

 North Brunswick 58      Southwest Onslow 25

Jada Bellamy scored 11 of her team-high 13 points in the first half  to lead North Brunswick to its eighth consecutive victory following a 58-25 win against Southwest Onlsow.

Three different players finished in double figures for the Scorpions. Taylor Perkins added 12.

North Brunswick remains the team to beat in East Central Conference play. The Scorpions 7-0 in the division and 17-2 overall.

 Wilmington Christian 53     Greenville Christian 18

Abby Squires sank 20 points to go along with five rebounds and five blocks to lead Wilmington Christian.  Lydia Bradshaw chipped in with 11 points and seven boards in the win.

Fayetteville Academy 48    Cape Fear Academy 24

Harrells Christian 59   Coastal Christian 46