Friday night basketball briefs (Feb. 7)
Lady Cavs extend winning streak
SHELBY - The East Rutherford Lady Cavaliers faced a tough test Friday night as they traveled to Crest, but Rachel Camp led an incredibly efficient East Rutherford attack to a 91-75 road win to extend the team’s current winning streak to 17 games.
“This is a great group of girls,” East Rutherford head coach Larry Ross said. “They really love each other on and off the court. They’ve been a great group of girls to work with.”
East (18-2, 13-1 SMAC) went into halftime leading 42-40, but turned on the defensive pressure on the second half and slowly stretched its lead through the final 16 minutes.
Camp led all scorers with a season-high 47 points while Tamara Blanton posted 17 points, twop shy of her career-best. Freshman Emily Elgin also finished in double digits with 11 points.
A’Diyah Ussery led Crest (16-4, 12-3 SMAC) 30 points.
“Rachel [Camp] is playing real well right now and Tamara [Blanton] hit big shot after big shot,” Ross said.
East Rutherford returns to action Tuesday night with a home game against county Rival R-S Central set for 6 p.m.
E. Rutherford 20 22 24 25 -- 91
Crest 16 24 13 22 -- 75
Cavaliers outlast Crest
SHELBY - East Rutherford needed a win Friday night over Crest to avoid a possible four-way tie for second place in the South Mountain Athletic Conference 2A/3A and got just what they needed with a 71-62 victory.
Crest (12-8, 8-5 SMAC) trailed by just two points at halftime and took a 39-34 lead midway through the third quarter, but the Cavaliers (15-5, 11-3 SMAC) ramped up the tempo and outscored Crest 17-6 in the final 3:50 of the third quarter to go into the final frame with a 51-45 lead.
“We were playing at a pace that we aren’t good at. We we’re playing a slow game and we had to make the decision to speed the game up,” East Rutherford head coach Brad LeVine said. “We felt like that speed of a game would play to our advantage and it did.”
East held off the Chargers the final eight minutes to remain in sole possession of second place.
Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez led the Cavaliers with a season-high 32 points and added seven rebounds and five assists. Devonte Boykins finished with 20 points and six assists while Trey Dawkins chipped in 10 points off the bench.
East Rutherford begins the final week of the regular season on Tuesday with a home matchup against R-S Central slated for 7:30 p.m.
E. Rutherford 19 12 20 20 -- 71
Crest 15 14 16 17 -- 62
Chase falls to Kings Mountain
HENRIETTA - One might consider that a coach would be discouraged after a 92-63 loss, but not Chase head coach Joe Jessen after his Trojans lost by that final to Kings Mountain at home on Friday
“If two starters don’t pick up three fouls in the first quarter and another leave due to injury, we are right there with them,” Jessen said. “They made their big run when our starters went out. When they came back in we caught back up. That shows me that this team has not quit. They are going to continue to play hard.”
Chase took an early 5-3 lead in a very deliberate contest on a Bruce Squires layup at the four-minute mark of the first quarter. Moments later, Daniel Freeman hit a 3 and Caleb Lancaster went backdoor as the Trojans led 12-7.
After Josh Sherer gave Kings Mountain a 17-15 lead, Squires tied the game with a layup. The visitors then fished the frame on a 10-0 run to lead 27-17.
Lancaster led Chase with 22 points while James Tillman had 23 for Kings Mountain.
Kings Mtn. 27 29 16 20 -- 92
Chase 17 15 17 15 -- 63
Lady Trojans falter against Kings Mountain
HENRIETTA - For the Chase Lady Trojans, the 2013-14 basketball season has been stuck on repeat. Young players play well for stretches and then they won’t. The latest example came in 55-25 loss to Kings Mountain Friday where Chase played step for step with the Mountaineers in the second quarter.
“It’s this way every game,” said Chase head coach Todd Davis. “You can see flashes of how good we are going to be, but then we take a step back that comes from being young we are going to get better.”
Chase got off to a good start as Jamie Phillips and Alisha Bennett scored early. They could not score for the rest of the quarter while Kings Mountain’s Tiffani Thompson scored 12 points in the quarter. As a result, Chase trailed 16-4 after the first quarter.
Davis and McKinney led Chase with seven points apiece while Thompson had 20 points, all in the first half, for Kings Mountain.
Kings Mtn. 16 11 19 9 -- 55
Chase 4 11 4 6 -- 25
East Burke 60, R-S Central 48
Comm. School of Davidson 56, Thomas Jefferson 44
R-S Central 51, East Burke 40
Comm. School of Davidson 80, Thomas Jefferson 76