Friday night basketball briefs

Jan. 31, 2014 @ 11:08 PM


East Rutherford 60, Shelby 40

SHELBY - The East Rutherford Lady Cavaliers started hot Friday night at shleby scoring 35 points in the first half, but their defense is what set the tone. Shelby managed just four points in the first quarter and eight in the second as East Rutherford (15-2, 10-1 SMAC) cruised to a 64-40 win. The victory extend the Lady Cavs’ winning streak to 14 games.

East scored a modest 12 points in the first quarter but exploded for 23 in the second and 20 in the third to put the game well out of reach for the Lady Lions (8-5, 6-5 SMAC).

Rachel Camp led the Lady cavs with 31 points.

East Rutherford has a short turnaround as they travel to Burns on Monday for a makeup game set for 6 p.m.


R-S Central 53, Chase 40

The Lady Hilltoppers controlled the boards on both ends of the court Friday night defeating the visiting Chase Trojans, 53-40.

The contest remained close early as the teams entered the second quarter with the Hilltoppers holding to a 13-10 lead. The first quarter proved to be an aberration.

The Hilltoppers (7-13, 4-8 SMAC) took control of the contest as Te'Ja Twitty simply dominated the paint and sparked an 18-2 run in the second quarter to outpace the Lady Trojans (1-18, 0-12 SMAC).

The Hilltoppers took a 35-18 lead into the half and never looked back.

Central returns to action Tuesday at Kings Mountain while Chase hosts Crest on Monday.


Thomas Jefferson 46, Pine Lake Prep 26

FOREST CITY - Thomas Jefferson point guard Rachel Tevis scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in a decisive second quarter as TJCA used a long run to put away the Pride of Pine Lake Prep, 46-26, Friday

The victory marks the third in a row for the Lady Gryphons (9-10, 5-3 SPC).

“Rachael carried us tonight,” said TJCA coach Roy Parton. “She just beat everyone down the floor for layups. When they started keying on her, she found open teammates. She had a great floor game. It was beautiful to watch.”

In addition to Tevis’ 17 points, Autumn Edwards also scored in double figures with 10.

TJCA remains at home as they host league leading Lincoln Charter Wednesday



Shelby 77, East Rutherford 71

SHELBY - East Rutherford had a perfect opportunity to gain on game on Shelby in the conference standings on Friday after the Golden Lions went Wednesday and Thursday without a team pratice, but Shelby slammed the door on the East Rutherford effort as Gabe DeVoe led Shelby with 42 points in a 77-71 win over the Cavaliers.

East Rutherford (13-5, 8-3 SMAC) jumped ahead early scoring the first five points of the night, but a Shelby responded with 9-3 run to go up 9-8 with 4:12 left in the first quarter. East Rutherford never retook the lead.

Shelby (18-1, 12-0 SMAC) went into the half leading 40-27 before East Rutherford cut the lead to 10 at the end of the third quarter, 50-40.

The Cavaliers scored a game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter, but DeVoe and Shelby held off the East Rutherford surge for the six-point victory.

Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez led East with 17 points while Devonte Boykins finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Shakari Jackson logged a double-double for the Cavaliers with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Calvin Camp scored all of his 11 points off the bench in the second half.

East Rutherford will look to rebound Monday night on the road at Burns. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


R-S Central 64, Chase 45

RUTHERFORDTON - The Chase Trojans (4-13, 1-11 SMAC) found themselves outmatched on Friday night falling to the R-S Central Hilltoppers (11-9, 5-7 SMAC) 64-45 on the road.

It was another solid night from forward Rashawn Whitesides who finished with 25 points and nine boards. However, it was the efforts of Desmond Whitesides and Jay'len Hollis that provided the entertainment.

Desmond Whiteside was the trigger man for the Hilltoppers' transition game collecting seven steals on the night but it was the finishes by the high-flying Hollis that kept everyone on their feet.   

The Hilltoppers' built a comfortable 35-15 lead by halftime and finished the game strong behind their solid bench play.

Central returns to action Tuesday at Kings Mountain while Chase hosts Crest on Monday.


Thomas Jefferson 73, Pine Lake Prep 55

FOREST CITY - The Thomas Jefferson Gryphons gave coach Ken Hines Sr. a pretty good birthday present in the form of a 73-55 win over Pine Lake Prep Friday. The victory finished off a perfect January for the Gryphons (13-4, 8-0 SPC) and keeps TJCA in the top spot in the conference title race.

“We get to mark one more game of the calendar,” Hines said. “We still have to take things one step at a time, but we are one step closer.”

Brooks Corder led a balanced scoring effort with 14 points while Mason Fenner finished just off the pace with 13. Truth Freeland and Efrim Borders also finished in double figures, scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively.

TJCA looks to continue its winning ways as they host Lincoln Charter Wednesday.