Girls, Boys Advance To Semifinals
February 14, 2012By Denis Vass of Graham High School
In what was definitely their final game in the Devil's Den, Seniors Caroline Enoch and Justin Cousin scorched the nets to lead both the girls and boys teams into the semifinals of the Mid-State 2-A Conference Tournamanent.
Caroline Enoch led the Lady Devils (13-12) to a convincing 50-39 win, extracting a bit of revenge for their loss to the Patriots on January 24th, and effectively ending any hopes Providence Grove (9-15) had for a post-season spot.
Enoch burned the nets for 30 points. She scored 13 straight points for the Lady Devils between the second period and third periods. It was her second straight 30-point outburst.
Graham was able to wrestle control of the game during the pivotal second period, outscoring Providence Grove 16-9 to run into the locker room with a 12 point cushion at 25-13.
Enoch also hauled down 13 rebounds. Kay Kay Wilson supplied 6 points, while Alex Taylor scored 5.
The Lady Devils let the Lady Patriots hang around most of the game, missing 14 of their 23 free throws, but made up for that by limiting Providence Grove to only 2 free throws the entire game.
Anna Langley and Hope Foxx led Providence Grove with 9 points each.
Graham faces a monumental task tomorrow evening in the Conference Semifinals, drawing the undefeated Jets of Jordan Matthews. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at Cummings High School.
In the evening's nightcap, Justin Cousin helped bust open a tight game at the half by twisting the twine for a season-tying high of 34 points.
Bartlett Yancey (5-14), playing with nothing to lose, sprinted to a 20-16 first period lead and were only behind by 3 at the half at 45-42.
The Red Devils (18-7) slammed the door shut the third quarter, reeling off 12 straight points to jump to a 57-42 lead before Harvey Lipscome was able to stop the bleeding with a basket at the 5:17 mark of the period. By that time the damage was done, as Graham outscored Bartlett Yancey 21-9 the third period enroute to a 80-67 pasting of the Buccaneers.
Quan Harris added 14 points for Graham, and one of his baskets was a thundering dunk on a nifty pass from Kendall Patterson. Patterson tossed in 8 points, while Michael Ratliff and Jeramy Williams scored 7 points each.
Mark Ingram led Bartlett Yancey with 18 points. Ingram tallied 16 points at the half, but Graham's defense limited him to a single basket the second half, which came approximately 2:15 remaining in the game, before he fouled out with 2:00 remaining on a Justin Cousin drive to the basket.
Terrence Gunn added 15 points or the Buccaneers, while Dayliffe Barley and Harvey Lipscomb each scored 9.
Graham will play in the Boys Semifinals at Cummings on Thursday, against Cummings.