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Robeson County Shootout! Girls: Updates 12/18

December 18, 2014
Purnell Swett High School

RED SPRINGS — It wasn’t easy, but the Red Springs girls basketball closed out a 43-30 win to start the Robeson County Shootout against Purnell Swett on Wednesday night.


The Red Devils (4-4) were paced by a 10-2 run to close out the third quarter to give them a 33-24 lead the Rams (3-5) couldn’t overcome.


“That’s where it kind of clicked to them to open the game up because it was too close,” Red Springs coach Steve Sinclair said. “The last couple of games we have had close games, and those are situations we aren’t ready for yet, so we wanted to avoid that situation.”


The Red Devils had lost their previous two games by one possession after holding leads in each and Sinclair said the coaches had been pushing the idea of closing out teams ever since.


“First thing that went through all the coaches’ minds was we had better not lose this game,” Sinclair said. “That’s the third time we have had a team and probably should have beaten them by more. (The win is) acceptable, but we let them stay in the game and most of it is by giving them foul shots and defensive lapses.”


The Red Devils had 10 different players score although no one scored in double figures.


“We (have) started talking about everybody not waiting on Taya (Jones) to score,” he said. “The thing out on Red Springs right now is we have number 12. You stop her, you stop them. So everyone else is getting more confident shooting the ball, because if you start shooting, then they stop paying attention to her.”


Jones led Red Springs with nine points, followed by Sha’nia Leach with seven.


Purnell Swett’s leading scorer was Makayla Norton who scored nine points. Onyx Burns led the Rams defensively, blocking five shots and getting seven rebounds. Paige Sweeney also had 10 rebounds.


Red Springs moves on to the semifinals on Friday and will travel to Lumberton to face the Pirates in a rematch of last year’s third-place game. Sinclair is hoping his team will play more consistently.


“You can’t go backwards,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to stay consistent in that one, but we believe we can beat anybody if we play the way we are supposed to play.”


The Rams will play at home tonight in the consolation bracket against St. Pauls.


Wildcat run sends Richmond to consolation bracket


ROWLAND — There wasn’t much anyone in a green uniform could do other than watch. Dillon appeared to be anywhere and everywhere on the defensive end of the court against Richmond.


The Wildcats reeled off 30 straight points between the first and second quarters to pull away for a 73-25 victory Wednesday night in a first-round game at South Robeson. It was a rematch of last year’s Shootout championship.


“We have to do a better job of passing to the open girl,” Richmond coach Victoria DeFrate said. “We have to do a better job of spacing on the court. That caused a lot of turnovers, not being in the right spot.”


Richmond (0-6) took a 4-2 lead with 6:17 left in the first quarter on a layup by Deon Everette. Then Dillon’s defense took over, leading to the 30-0 run to take command.


The Raiders didn’t break their cold spell until Zelda McLaughlin hit a 3-point field goal from the top of the key with 7:21 remaining in the second quarter.


Richmond will play at South Robeson again tonight against Fairmont in the consolation round starting at 6 p.m. Dillon will play South Robeson in the semifinals on Friday at Fairmont.


Pirate defense rolls past St. Pauls


LUMBERTON — The Lumberton girls stuck to their normal game plan in a 59-16 rout of St. Pauls.


The Pirates (6-2) used a pressing defense to force turnovers and hold the Bulldogs (1-5) to no more than six points in a single quarter. Lumberton led 50-8 at halftime and played the rest of the game under a running clock.


London Thompson was the main beneficiary of the defense, scoring 23 points in the first half, including eight two-pointers, two 3-pointers and a free throw. Mariah Locklear added 12, including two 3-pointers, and Jazmine McBride had eight. Mychela Thomas led St. Pauls with six points.


The Pirates will host Red Springs on Friday in the semifinals. St. Pauls will play at Purnell Swett tonight in the consolation round.


Quick leads Mustangs to semifinals


FAIRMONT — South Robeson Junior A’Terria Quick outscored her opponent as the Mustangs beat Fairmont 48-23 in a first-round matchup.


Quick had 28 points and was South Robeson’s (3-4) only player to finish in double-figure scoring.


Fairmont (0-6) got its only lead of the game on an opening layup by Marsha Clewis before South Robeson went on an 18-4 run the rest of the first quarter. The Mustangs led 25-10 at half and jumped the lead to 44-15 at the end of the third.


Quick finished the game short of a double-double with eight rebounds and four assists. Carrington Mitchell had nine points and Emeral Werrell had 11 rebounds. Niya Graham led Fairmont with six points. Clewis finished with four points and 11 rebounds.


South Robeson will play Dillon in the semifinals on Friday at Fairmont. The Golden Tornadoes will play in the consolation round tonight against Richmond at South Robeson.


Scott Schlaufman, Shawn Stinson and Tony Chavis contributed to this report. Caleb Burggraaf can be reached at 910

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