RUTHERFORDTON — R-S Central’s girls hadn’t seen the court in nine days until hitting the hardwood against conference foe Brevard on Thursday night at “The Palace.” The Lady Hilltoppers started slow, but came alive in the second half, defeating the Lady Devils by a 75-49 score behind Jada Whitesides, who dropped 42 points on the evening.

Lady Hilltopper coach Norman Aiken was proud of the effort.

“We were well rested tonight and it showed,” Aiken said. “We had our legs and it showed in the second half. Jada (Whitesides) had a big night and Joyasia (Smith) was just Joyasia. We played excellent defense tonight and that was probably the difference. A big shout out to MaKenzi (Searcy) also who had double-figure rebounds again tonight. Those 50-50 balls and hustle was there tonight. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Brevard would take a 2-0 lead early, but would fall behind 3-2 on a Whitesides three. The Lady Hilltoppers would build a 10-2 lead until Brevard would put together an 8-0 run to tie it at 10. R-S Central would get behind Whitesides’ 10 points in the quarter and build an 18-15 lead after one.

In the second quarter, Brevard would claim the lead at 19-18 and hold on until R-S Central would tie it up at 25-all. The two teams would trade the lead back-and-forth until the Lady Hilltoppers would tie it again at 31-apiece. Whitesides would score the final six points of the half to push it to 37-31.

The third quarter was similar to the first two, with both teams going on mini-runs. Brevard’s Amiyah Robinson would score six points in the quarter to pace her squad, but Whitesides, Smith and Searcy would keep the Lady Hilltoppers in the hunt. At the end of three, R-S Central still held on to a 46-44 lead.

In the fourth quarter, R-S Central caught another gear. The Lady Hilltoppers would outscore Brevard 29-5 in the frame to blow out the Lady Devils 75-49. Whitesides would drop 18 in the quarter to seal the win.

“We had been off for about a week and we wanted to bounce back from the Polk County loss,” Whitesides said. “We are looking forward to the second half of the season and the conference tournament so we wanted to get this conference win tonight. I thought we played well as a team.”

Whitesides led the team in scoring with 42 points followed by Smith who added 24 points of her own. Searcy would add nine points to the effort.

Brevard was paced by Robinson and Shaniyah Cook who each dropped 14 points.

R-S Central (6-9, 2-1 Mountains Foothills 7) will return to the court on Tuesday when they travel to CHASE for an important cross-county matchup.

BOX

BR 15 16 13 05 — 49

RS 18 19 09 29 — 75

Individual Scoring

BR: Amiyah Robinson 14, Shaniyah Cook 14, Emma Powell 8, Liz Chapman 6, Kierra Riddle 5, Avery Leland 2.

RS: Jada Whitesides 42, Joyasia Smith 24, MaKenzi Searcy 9.

Hilltopper boys cruise past Brevard

RUTHERFORDTON — R-S Central’s boys faced off with Brevard’s boys on Thursday night and the Hilltoppers recorded another convincing victory, 74-44 over the Blue Devils. R-S Central put five players into double figures as the Hilltoppers got everyone involved in the win.

R-S Central coach Greg Wright was proud of the team effort put forth by the Hilltoppers.

“Tonight was a really good team effort,” Wright said. “Everyone was able to play some valuable minutes and they were productive in those minutes. That will give us some experience and confidence down the road. I thought we were aggressive on the defensive end and was able to speed them up. We still have some things to work on as far as execution but overall I am very proud of the effort tonight.”

R-S Central would draw first blood on a Tyrese Miller layup only to see Brevard tie it up at 2-2. That, however, was the closest the Blue Devils would get to the lead as R-S Central would quickly extend the lead to 11-2. The Hilltoppers would keep the pedal to the metal as Miller, Mikey Wilkins, Braxton Crocker, Junior Montgomery and TyQuan Whitesides would propel the team to a 24-9 first quarter lead.

The Hilltoppers would keep the pressure on in the second quarter behind Miller’s nine points. The R-S Central defense would hold Brevard to just five points in the quarter to lead it 43-14 at the half.

In the second half, Wright would sit most of his starters but Wilkins, Montgomery, Crocker and Jaiden Coston would get enough minutes to put up 17 points in the quarter to extend the Hilltopper lead to 60-23.

The fourth quarter was just more of the same from R-S Central with Matthew Horton, Ken Hines, III and Whitesides leading the way to the 74-44 final.

Miller led the Hilltoppers with 15 points, followed by Wilkins with 13, Crocker with 12, Montgomery with 11 and Horton with 10 points.

“We wanted to get ahead early and get our personnel in to get some experience,” Miller said. “It was a great team win. Everyone did what they were supposed to do and go a lot of playing time. We are a good team, but we want to be a great team. We will just keep getting better day in and day out.”

Brevard was paced by Jaylen Carver who had 10 points.

With the win, the Hilltoppers pushed their record to 14-2 on the season (4-0 MF7) and are scheduled for a cross county showdown with CHASE on Tuesday.

BOX

BR 09 05 09 21 — 44

RS 24 19 17 14 — 74

Individual Scoring

BR: Jaylen Carver 10, Joe Powell 9, Sammy Kessinger 8, Jackson Burgess 7, Dillon Galloway 6, Leo Maupin 4.

RS: Tyrese Miller 15, Mikey Wilkins 13, Braxton Crocker 12, Junior Montgomery 11, Matthew Horton 10, Ty’Quan Whitesides 7, Ken Hines, III 3, Jaiden Coston 3.

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