Cavs, Lady Cavs roll past Western Harnett
After two tight wins Monday night, both Southern Lee varsity basketball squads rolled past their Western Harnett opponents on Cavalier Court Tuesday night.
The Lady Cavaliers (3-2) used a 22-0 run in the first half to open up a huge lead. Unlike the previous night's win versus Franklinton, the Lady Cavaliers got to give their starting five a bit of a break in the second half as they went on to a 48-20 win.
The Cavaliers (2-3) were already in good shape before they opened up the second half with a 22-0 streak and continued to a 73-34 win.
The Lady Cavaliers edged ahead to a 7-4 lead in the first five minutes before turning the game into a rout.
Western Harnett's task became tougher when center Geena Bryant, who still wound up with 14 of the 20 Lady Eagle points, committed her second foul as Jordanna Kalkhof took a three-pointer.
Kalkhof made two of the three free throws for a 9-4 Southern Lee advantage. More importantly, the main Lady Eagle scorer and rebounder had to spend stretches of the rest of the game on the bench.
Erin Pickens intercepted two Eagle passes and took the picks for two lay-ups in the last minute of the first period boosting the Lady Cavalier lead to 15-4.
The Lady Cavalier offense kept picking up the pace, more specifically how they moved and shared the ball, 14 straight points, with each Lady Cav making at least one field goal, in the first five-plus minutes of the second quarter to build a 29-4 lead.
Kalkhof led Southern Lee with 10 points and Pickens had nine points as the Lady Cavs led 32-8 at halftime.
The Lady Cavalier starters went all 32 minutes in their 33-27 win Monday versus Franklinton. The same wasn't needed as the Lady Cavs kept going to a 39-10 lead through three quarters over the Lady Eagles.
Geena Bryant finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Erin Bryant had a team-high 10 rebounds. The Lady Eagles (0-5) will play at Lee County, who they fell to in overtime a couple weeks ago in Lillington, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Kalkhof and Pickens co-led the Lady Cavaliers with 15 points each. Pickens had eight rebounds. Point guard Jasmine McIver, who led the Lady Cav scoring versus Franklinton, had nine points, seven steals, six rebounds and four assists.
Before the boys game became a blowout, the Eagles (0-5) got the jump on the Cavaliers.
Western Harnett's speed and pressing hassled the Cavs into mistakes in the first few minutes. Jalen Branch's drive down the lane for a lay-up gave the Eagles a 7-3 lead.
For the second straight night, although this time as part of the Cavalier starters, Jamal James sparked the home side. The small guard slashed inside and dished to Krisshawn McClendon for a lay-up, then stole the following inbounds pass and immediately passed to Josh Garner at the hoop for a three-point play, suddenly giving the Cavs a 12-7 lead in the last minute of the first quarter.
After William Carter's three-pointer drew the Eagles within a 17-14 Southern Lee lead, James scored and set up teammates in a 10-2 run.
James hit a three-pointer, then swung the ball to Charles Wicker for a three-pointer on the next Cavalier trip.
James drove into the paint to find Larry McLeod and Justin McKinnon for hoops in the low post, with McKinnon's basket making it 27-16 Cavs.
McLeod led the Cavaliers with seven points and six boards in the opening half as they led 40-20.
Cameron Martin's three-pointer capped seven Cavalier points in the first 0:57 of the third period and the Cavaliers kept rolling to win the quarter 24-3.
Larry McLeod got a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. James finished with five points, 10 assists and five steals.
Kevin McLeod had 10 points, Wicker had nine points, McKinnon had seven points and Garner and D.J. Sumpter added six points each.
Post player Rasaahr Cox led the Eagles with nine points.
Both Cavalier squads will try to make it three wins in a row Friday evening hosting Pinecrest with the girls varsity game set for 6 p.m.