Southern Lee sweeps at Douglas Byrd
Southern Lee 55, Douglas Byrd 53
Cavalier forward Justin McKinnon made a lay-up at the buzzer to give Southern Lee a victory on the road at Douglas Byrd Friday night.
McKinnon, Charles Wicker, Noah Mellette and Christian Locust scored nine points each to lead the Cavs (11-9, 8-2) who turned around a 24-20 Eagle lead at halftime.
Andrew Murray led Douglas Byrd (8-13, 5-5) with 15 points.
Kevin McLeod and Jalen Jackson added seven points each for the Cavaliers.
After a 49-46 win on Cavalier Court, Southern Lee sweeps the Eagles for the regular season. The Cavaliers host Overhills Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Green Hope 67, Lee County 50
Green Hope swept the Yellow Jackets for the regular season and kept its hold on third place in the Tri-Nine standings as both squads have two games to play.
Dante Graham had 12 points and four assists and Jason Payne scored 12 points for the Jackets (11-11, 8-6). Dewaun McEachin had 10 points and five boards. Hunter Jackson added nine points.
Lee County plays its home finale Tuesday against Athens Drive at 7 p.m.
Grace Christian 80, Lighthouse 58
The Crusaders celebrated their Senior Night Friday in newly-named Torgerson Gymnasium and freshman Zach Boggs poured in 42 points to lead a Grace win.
Isaac Kruger had 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Robert Fulton had six points and eight assists. Grace pulled away after having a 29-21 lead at halftime.
The Crusaders (19-8, 9-4) move on to the Carolina Christian Conference Tournament which starts Monday. Grace Christian is hosting the semifinals and finals of the boys’ and girls’ tournaments on Thursday and Friday.
Alamance Christian 76, Lee Christian 26
The Falcons finished their regular season with a tough trip to Graham. Alamance Christian (13-6) led 41-12 at halftime.
Lee Christian will play in its first CCC Tournament in Monday’s first round at either Trinity Christian or Crossroads Christian.
Cummings 75, Jordan-Matthews 66
Despite 29 points and 17 rebounds by Jet center Derek Hamilton, Cummings (18-2, 9-1) got a season sweep over Jordan-Matthews in Siler City Friday night.
Dedric Bowman led Cummings with 17 points and Josh Murray added 12 points and five blocks for the Cavaliers.
Casey Golden scored nine points and Maurice Eaddy scored eight for the Jets (17-5, 5-5).
Jordan-Matthews travels to face Reidsville Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Northwood 80, Durham School of the Arts 64
The Chargers (13-9, 10-4) raced out to a 39-20 lead by halftime and got a Carolina 12 win at home Friday night.
Northwood plays at South Granville Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Chatham Central 68, South Davidson 67
Junior forward Zack Burke scored the go-ahead basket with 0:15 left giving the Bears a Yadkin Valley win in Denton Friday night.
Burke had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Bears (6-13, 5-9), who sweep South Davidson (2-18, 2-12). LaQuinn Mordecai had 14 points and six assists. Matt Clark and Jared Jones scored nine points each.
Chatham Central plays at Albemarle Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Overhills 60, Gray’s Creek 52
Overhills (14-6, 8-2) trailed 31-28 at halftime on the road before taking the third period 17-7 and going on to top the Bears (9-12, 4-6).
Jared Foster led the Jaguars with 25 points. Josh Mason added nine points. Jeff Gibson led Gray’s Creek with 17 points.
Overhills, with a six-game winning streak going and tied for second with Southern Lee, but with the Cavs having won the season’s first meeting, plays at Southern Lee Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Union Pines 87, Western Harnett 81
The Vikings won their home finale and their rubber match with the Eagles this season Friday night in Cameron.
Senior guard Matthew Maness scored 20 points for the Vikings. Jeffrey Thompson had 18 points while Darren Carlyle and Malik Crawford scored 14 each and Tyler Packer added 13 points.
Jonathan Buie led Western Harnett with 25 points. Da’Sean Hazelrigg and Rory Saliger Jr. scored 15 points each.
Western Harnett (2-20, 1-10) hosts Westover for its regular season finale Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Union Pines (5-18, 2-9) plays at Westover Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest 55, Purnell Swett 52
Pinecrest led 42-31 through three quarters and held on for a Southeastern Conference victory over visiting Purnell Swett (3-16, 1-7) Friday night.
Senior wing Justin Ray led the Patriots with 19 points and Trevion Wooten added nine points. Tyler Maynor led Purnell Swett with 16 points.
Pinecrest (14-6, 5-3) hosts Richmond Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
North Moore 45, East Montgomery 43
After a 58-57 win over East Montgomery in early January, the Mustangs pulled out a season sweep at East Montgomery Friday night.
The Mustangs (12-9, 9-5) go to Gray Stone Day Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Harnett Central 62, West Johnston 52
Trojan forward Hunter Baker tallied 24 points, seven rebounds and three blocks as Harnett Central (9-11, 5-7) won a Greater Neuse River game at West Johnston (2-17, 0-12) Friday night.
Freshman Anthony Staton added 14 points, five boards and three assists for the Trojans.
Harnett Central hosts Knightdale Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Triton 63, South Johnston 45
Triton (17-3, 9-1) clinched a share of the Eastern Carolina Conference season title with a win at home Friday night.
Alex Burnette led the Hawks with 14 points and nine rebounds. Dedrick Stacker scored 13 points and Maurice McBryde added 10 points.
D.J. Collins led South Johnston with 26 points. South Johnston led 26-24 at halftime before Triton won the third period 24-7.
Triton hosts C.B. Aycock Tuesday at 8 p.m.
O’Neal 66, Village Christian 63
In the regular-season finale at home, O’Neal avenged a 74-57 loss at Village Christian from Monday.
Garrett Klumpar led the Falcons with 14 points. Jacob Talbert and Jack Johnston scored 13 points each.
William McNeill scored 22 points and Adrian Rich had 21 points for Village Christian.
O’Neal (10-13, 5-5) moves on to the Cape Fear Independent Conference Tournament starting Tuesday.
Southern Lee 37, Douglas Byrd 25
Southern Lee held the Lady Eagles (3-15, 2-8) to eight points in the opening half, for an 18-8 lead, and went on to claim a sweep over Douglas Byrd Friday night.
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The Lady Cavaliers (11-10, 8-2) host Overhills Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Jaguars (10-0 CFVC) beat Southern Lee 44-36 at Overhills in January.
Green Hope 101, Lee County 38
Green Hope (20-1, 14-0) had Ashley Williams go for 36 points and Cassidey Sowards score 30 points in a Tri-Nine win at Lee County Friday night. Green Hope led 48-27 at halftime.
De’Ja Bland led the Lady Yellow Jackets with 19 points. Quitta Wilson and Danielle Kreibick scored five points each.
Lee County (5-17, 0-14) goes to Athens Drive Tuesday for a 7 p.m. start.
Grace Christian 61, Lighthouse 19
Grace Christian jumped out to a 15-2 lead through one period and made it 37-10 by halftime for an easy win to end its regular season Friday night.
Anna Murr led the Lady Crusaders (25-3) with 23 points. Brooke Strickland had 18 points, 13 steals, seven rebounds and three assists.
Grace Christian, with a nine-game winning streak, goes into the Carolina Christian Conference Tournament which starts Monday.
Alamance Christian 27, Lee Christian 22
Lee Christian (9-11) finished its regular season with a loss on the road. The Lady Falcons move on to the CCC Tournament and will start in the quarterfinals at either Trinity Academy or Cape Fear Christian Tuesday evening.
Jordan-Matthews 67, Cummings 36
Senior forward Mylia Garner poured in 34 points leading the Lady Jets (20-2, 9-1) to a Mid-State win over the visiting Lady Cavaliers (8-14, 3-7) Friday night.
Madison Poe added 10 points for the Lady Jets. Jordan-Matthews led 37-17 at halftime.
The Lady Jets go to Reidsville Tuesday for a 6 p.m. start.
Northwood 59, Durham School of the Arts 33
Northwood opened up a big lead with a 23-6 second quarter, for a 33-16 halftime lead, and went on to a Carolina 12 win at home Friday night.
Shontai Totten scored 15 points and Alexis Brower added 13 points for the Lady Chargers (18-4, 13-1). Totten and Brower hit three three-pointers each. Gabby Mehringer and Tyeshia Baldwin scored nine points each for Northwood.
Ariel Wilson led the visitors with 15 points.
Northwood plays at South Granville Tuesday at 6 p.m.
South Davidson 57, Chatham Central 16
South Davidson (18-2, 14-0) remained perfect in the Yadkin Valley in Denton Friday night. South Davidson led 20-5 at halftime.
Chatham Central (9-11, 8-6) goes to Albemarle Tuesday for a 6 p.m. tip.
Overhills 58, Gray’s Creek 27
Overhills (15-5, 10-0) jumped out to a 31-11 lead by halftime and cruised at Gray’s Creek (3-16, 2-8) Friday night. The Lady Jaguars have nine straight wins and lead the Cape Fear Valley Conference by two games with two games remaining.
Katelyn Clark scored 17 points for the Lady Jaguars and Ge’Naisha Robinson added 11 points.
Overhills plays at Southern Lee Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Union Pines 60, Western Harnett 45
Union Pines led 22-18 at the half and pulled away with a 25-13 third period for a Cape Fear Valley win Friday night.
Tiffany Hicks led the Lady Vikings with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Stephanie Johnson had 12 points and nine boards.
For the Lady Eagles, Ebony Gilchrist scored 11 points and Marissa Perez had 10 points.
Union Pines (11-11, 7-4) plays at Westover Thursday at 7 p.m. Western Harnett (1-19, 1-10) hosts Westover Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Village Christian 56, O’Neal 40
Village Christian got its second win this week over the Lady Falcons in Southern Pines Friday night.
Bailey Sceifers led Village Christian with 19 points.
Maggie Jackson led O’Neal with 18 points. Taylor Shelton and Cydney Baldwin added seven points each.
O’Neal (3-19, 2-8) goes into the Cape Fear Independent Conference Tournament which starts Tuesday.
Pinecrest 57, Purnell Swett 32
Purnell Swett (1-16, 1-7) led 14-6 after one quarter only for the Lady Patriots to make it a 22-22 score at halftime and turn the game into a rout in the second half Friday night.
Pinecrest (12-8, 5-3) hosts Richmond Tuesday at 6 p.m.
South Johnston 48, Triton 41
South Johnston (7-12, 5-5) won an Eastern Carolina contest at Triton (9-12, 5-5) Friday night.
Octavia Hart and Mallary Caroway led the Lady Hawks with eight points each.
The Lady Hawks host C.B. Aycock Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Harnett Central 56, West Johnston 40
After a 21-21 tie at halftime, Harnett Central pulled away for a Greater Neuse River win on the road Friday night.
The Lady Trojans (17-3, 9-3) host Knightdale Tuesday at 6 p.m.