Coastal Christian 64 North Brunswick 55
Kamron Greene went 9-of-10 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and scored all 13 points during the final frame, while Michael Parker put in a game-high 19 points to lead Coastal Christian past North Brunswick, 64-55, Tuesday night.
The seesaw battle had North Brunswick down by as many as 13 in the first half, but the feisty Scorpions-playing in its first game of the season-battled back to tie the game 45-all after Eddie Smith got a bucket to fall early in the fourth quarter.
A 7-0 spurt by Coastal Christian pushed the Centurions lead to 52-45, but a three-pointer by Smith and two-point basket by Jamal Andrews made it a one possession game with under three minutes to play.
That’s when Greene took over from the charity stripe with a pair of free throws and steal on the other end of the floor. Free throws by Tommy Murphy extended to cushion to 56-50, while Greene recorded an assist to Parker late to seal the win. Murphy and Chazz Banks added 12 points each for the Centurions.
Coastal Christian went up 8-2 after Murphy hit from long range at the midway point of the first quarter. The senior shooting guard had two treys in the opening eight minutes as the Centurions led 16-9 moving into the second period.
Back-to-back buckets in the paint by Banks pushed the score to 26-13 after Caleb Vernon knocked down his only field goal on a three-ball from the corner, but Kiya Moore hit a pair of treys late in the frame to get North Brunswick to within 10 at the half, 32-22.
Jamal Andrews drained two shots from long range in the third period and Smith sank one from downtown. North Brunswick outscored Coastal 13-8 during the third period to pull within five moving into the final frame.
Hoggard 66 Wilmington Christian 31
Three players scored in double digits for Hoggard as the Vikings built an early lead and never looked back in a 66-31 result over Wilmington Christian to open the season. Tyler Steinman drained three shots from long range and led all scorers with 17 points. Chris Toudle added 15 and Tyler Matlock finished with 11.
With the Vikings leading by three in the first quarter, Hoggard went on a 13-0 run to go up, 20-6. Steinman hit a pair of three-balls during the push and Robert Wilkerson sank a shot from long range.
Northside 90 New Hanover 71
Pender 66 Laney 52
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North Brunswick 60 Coastal Christian 37
One of the preseason players to look for hails from Leland as Taylor Perkins hopes to finish off her high school career on a high note. Perkins did not disappoint in North Brunswick’s season opener on Tuesday night as the senior guard guided the Scorpions to a victory at Coastal Christian.
Alongside four seniors in the starting lineup for Coach Travis Fortune, Perkins hit for 11 points in the opening period. North Brunswick grabbed a double-digit advantage moving into the second quarter, 21-11, but a Coastal Christian 9-2 run over 2:30 pulled the Centurions to within three, 23-20. However, a well-round effort scoring effort and costly Coastal Christian turnovers pushed North Brunswick on a 15-0 spurt to push the cushion back to 40-22 at the break.
The Scorpions had 19 points during the second quarter. Aliah Johnson scored six in the frame and Sarah Bell knocked down her teams only three-ball during the decisive push. Perkins put in a game-high 24 points, Unique Hines added 12 and Jada Bellamy scored 10 to put three North Brunswick players in double figures.
North Brunswick may still be looking for depth on the roster, but with Perkins, Bell, Johnson, Unique Hines, and Jada Bellamy playing in their final high school season, Fortune has reason to believe his Scorpions will compete come conference play. North Brunswick improved to 1-0 on the season.
Lillian Quinn had 14 points to lead Coastal Christian, while Sam Stanko chipped in with 13.
Northside 47 New Hanover 40
New Hanover carried a four-point lead after the opening period, but Northside stormed back to hand the Wildcats a 47-40 setback. Ayonna Cotten had a team-high 11 points for New Hanover.
Hoggard 68 Wilmington Christian 17
Early returns has Hoggard and New Hanover pitted for a cross-town run for top spot in the conference later on this season. For now, the Vikings took the floor for the first time on Tuesday night and rolled from the opening tip en route to a 68-17 victory.
Every player on the Vikings roster found the scoring sheet. Lola Lovitt went 6-for-10 from the field, including 2-of-3 from downtown to finish with 19 points. Alani Fisher drained four shots from beyond arc for 16 points, while Blair Barefoot and Olivia Hawkins added eight points each.
Laney 51 Pender 28
Jenson Edwards led all scorers with 15 points for Laney in a 51-28 victory over Pender.