Northwood Temple cruises against Falcons
Lee Christian’s Carolina Christian Conference basketball slates began early in the season, only two games into the season for both Falcon squads, Friday night. The Falcons opened up hosting Northwood Temple, which meant they got one of the top girls teams in the CCC and the defending boys champs.
The Lady Eagles (5-1, 1-0) outscored Lee Christian 39-1 in the last 12 minutes of the first half and went on to a 64-27 win.
The Eagles dominated the Falcons as well for a 68-12 win. Both Lee Christian teams drop to 0-2 marks.
In the first varsity game of the evening, the Lady Falcons traded shots with Northwood Temple for a few minutes. Lauren Lane’s three-pointer off the dribble from the top of the key put the Lady Falcons ahead 3-2 and her drive and short shot along the baseline made it 8-7 Northwood Temple.
From there, the Lady Eagle full-court defense was too much for the Lady Falcons to handle. Northwood Temple also had a big advantage inside, literally, with 6-foot-4 senior Marta Miscenko. Miscenko had 16 points and 10 rebounds, all in the first half, as the Lady Eagle starters mostly got to rest after halftime.
Lady Eagle point guard Kendal Moore also had a double-double with 20 points and 10 steals.
With Northwood Temple’s pressure defense, at least at the full-court tempo, taken off, Lee Christian played better in the second half and won the half 19-17.
Haley Draughn scored nine of her team-leading 11 points in the second half. Lane and Kevina Kemp scored seven points each with Kemp hustling for 18 rebounds.
Northwood Temple was able to have its starting five be mostly done for the evening by the second quarter of the boys game. Reserve shooting guard Drew Noyes led the Eagles with 12 points, all on three-pointers.
Jack Burrus and Graham Terrell, each with a three-point basket, led the Falcons, who opened their season back on Nov. 12 with a 51-32 loss to Berean Christian. Noah Thomas had eight rebounds for the Falcons.
Both Lee Christian teams hit the road Monday evening for non-conference games at Friendship Christian at 5:30 and 7 p.m.