Riches nets 30 in Crusader conference win

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 05:07 PM

Boys basketball

Grace Christian 94, Cresset Christian 67

In a showdown between the top two scorers in the state, the Crusaders held Cresset's Shawn Lipscomb well below his 35-point per game average while Crusader senior Mark Riches poured in 30 points and added seven assists in a Grace win Monday night.

Lipscomb, a junior guard for the Eagles and the leading scorer in the state, was held to 15 points.

Riches had a big game and got lots of help. Freshman Zach Boggs scored 25 points, including 13 points in the third quarter as the Crusaders pulled away after already having a 48-36 halftime lead.

B.J. Harrison had 19 points, including 5-of-8 three-pointers, and 12 rebounds. Isaac Kruger had 11 points and five assists. Fernando DePaz had six points and 13 rebounds.

"We have recently begun to share the basketball very well," said Grace Christian head coach Tim Murr, "and our assist-to-made field goal ratio is extremely high. It is fun to watch when players are unselfish and work together both offensively and defensively."

"The job we did tonight on Lipscomb was just phenomenal. He is a great player. I’m excited about the end of the season and then the tournaments," Murr said.

Grace Christian has accepted an invitation to the NACA National Tournament in Dayton, Tenn. following the CCC and NCISAA tournaments. The Crusaders are two-time NACA national champions.

Grace Christian played Lee Christian last night and will host Fayetteville Academy Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Jordan-Matthews 40, Northwood 37

Center Derek Hamilton led the Jets with 17 points and 17 rebounds as Jordan-Matthews won at county rival Northwood Monday night.

Northwood (10-7) led 20-18 at halftime. The Jets (16-2) moved ahead winning the third period 11-4.

Jeleel Dunn had eight points and Maurice Eaddy scored six for the Jets. Ti Pinnix led the Chargers with 14 points and Aumad Walker had 10 points.

Jordan-Matthews travels to face Cummings tonight at 7:30 p.m. Northwood played River Mill last night and will go to Granville Central Friday for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Richmond 78, Pinecrest 67

Richmond (13-4, 3-1) held off a comeback try by the visiting Patriots (11-5, 2-2) to win a Southeastern Conference game Monday night.

Trey Pettigrew led the Raiders with 17 points.

Pinecrest trailed by 20 in the third period before coming back to get as close as six points late in the fourth quarter.

Girls basketball

Northwood 59, Jordan-Matthews 56

Northwood beat its county rival for the first time in five tries, since Feb. 2011, and won its eighth straight game in Pittsboro Monday night.

Jordan-Matthews (16-2) won the third quarter 20-9 to take a 41-31 lead to the fourth quarter. Northwood (14-3) rallied, tying the game at 49-49, to going on to win. Northwood won the fourth period 28-15.

Gabby Mehringer made a basket, then 2-of-2 at the line, for four straight points and a 58-55 Lady Charger lead.

Sophomore guard Shontai Totten led Northwood with 25 points and six rebounds. Alexis Brower had 12 points. Jasmine Harris had 10 points and Mehringer added eight points.

Mylia Garner led the Lady Jets with 24 points. Taylor Paige had nine points. Erin Bristow and Odyssey Dunn scored eight points each.

Jordan-Matthews travels to face Cummings tonight at 7:30 p.m. Northwood played River Mill last night and will go to Granville Central Friday for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Pinecrest 45, Richmond 23

Felicia Painter had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds leading the Lady Patriots (10-6, 3-1) to a Southeastern Conference win at Richmond Monday night.

Janea Williams had eight points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks and Dessence Waddell added nine points for Pinecrest.

Pinecrest played Hoke County last night and has another SEC game set for Friday at Lumberton at 6 p.m.