New Hanover boys, North Brunswick girls basketball flying high, clinch conference title

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Boys basketball

Freddie Taylor. Photo courtesy- John Crouch.
Freddie Taylor. Photo courtesy- John Crouch.

 

New Hanover 82    Ashley 53

New Hanover is riding a wave of momentum late in the year and clinched back-to-back Mideastern Conference Titles on Tuesday with an impressive 82-53 win against Ashley in the Wildcats regular season finale. The black and orange are winners of six straight, moving to 10-2 atop the division and 20-5 overall.

Ramello Williams and Freddie Taylor both recorded double-doubles, while Blake Smith contributed 16 points. Smith knocked down four shots from beyond the arc. Williams finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Freddie Taylor added 21 points and dished 10 assists at the point guard position.

Williams and Taylor combined to go 17-for-29 as the Wildcats shot 63 percent as a team. New Hanover finished with 19 team assists compared to just nine turnovers.

West Brunswick 59   Topsail 45 

South Brunswick 62    Laney 45

Keyshawn Jenkins sank two treys and finished with 16 points on Tuesday night to guide South Brunswick. The Cougars led the entire way en route to a 62-45 victory against Laney.

Jenkins scored 10 of his 16 points before the break and went 6-for-8 from the free throw line. Kareem Randolph and John Roghelia added 10 points apiece to put three South Brunswick players in double figures. The Cougars were up 31-14 at halftime.

Chris Bennett paced Laney with 14 points. Hunter Cook added 12.

Michelle Jacobs.
Michelle Jacobs.

 

Girls basketball

New Hanover 51   Ashley 32

The Wildcats extended its winning streak to 15 games in a row on Tuesday night as New Hanover finished unbeaten in conference play following a 51-32 victory against Ashley.

Michelle Jacobs paced the black and orange with a game-high 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Amani Muhammad added 10 points, while Ayonna Cotten and Kayleigh Merrell chipped in with nine apiece. Merrell also pulled down eight rebounds. The Wildcats shot 42 percent from the field.

New Hanover improved to 12-0 in the division and 22-2 overall. The Wildcats will have the number one spot in the upcoming Mideastern Conference Tournament and favorable seed heading into the state playoffs.

North Brunswick 83     Northside 63

A senior latent team has guided North Brunswick all season and their hard work paid off during Tuesday night’s contest against Jacksonville-Northside. College prospect Taylor Perkins dropped a season-high 39 points to pace the Scorpions in an impressive 83-63 win to remain unbeaten in the East Central Conference.

North Brunswick has won 10 straight games, improving to 9-0 in league play and 19-2 overall. With the result, the Scorpions clinched the conference crown in their final season competing in the 2A division before moving up to 3A classification next season.

Perkins had 22 points in the first half to give North Brunswick a 53-30 advantage at the break.

Laney 56        South Brunswick 44

Topsail 45    West Brunswick 39 

Coastal Christian 50    Cape Fear Academy 48

Coastal Christian picked up a 50-48 victory over Cape Fear Academy. The Centurions moved to 3-0 against their crosstown rivals on the season. Sam Stanko hit a career high 33 points, including six baskets from long range. Lillian Quinn added nine points, while Julia Master pulled down 15 boards.

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