'Big Three' leading Mavericks

Marvin Ridge counts heavily on Jackson, Neal, Emezie
Jan. 09, 2013 @ 05:26 PM

Logan Jackson, Taylor Neal and John Emezie make up Marvin Ridge High’s version of the “Big Three.”
For the Mavericks to be successful, they need all three to score in double digits and produce in other areas as well.
All three delivered in Tuesday’s Southern Carolina Conference opener, when the Mavs handled visiting Porter Ridge 80-63.
Jackson had 17 points and five assists, Emezie scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Neal contributed 15 points and nine boards.
“You want to always start off good in conference because you’re fighting for playoff positions,” Mavericks coach Gosnell White said. “Getting a win was huge for us tonight. That’s why we play a tough out of conference schedule... We were hoping it could help us in the conference.”
Jackson had six points and three assists in the third quarter as his team built a 15-point lead heading to the fourth.
“My teammates were moving around pretty well and it was opening up the lane for me,” Jackson said. “I could just beat my guy one-on-one and find my teammates on the sides.”
The Mavericks (7-6, 1-0 SCC) put away the Pirates (4-9, 0-1 SCC) with a 12-2 run that started late in the third and gave MR a 6:29 left in the game that pushed the lead out to 20.
“I felt like we defended well in spots then kind of slacked off a little bit,” White said. “Once we turned up the pressure and stayed with it I thought we had some success.”
Jackson and reserve point guard Kris Watkins helped the Mavs starting front-court of Neal, David Kelcy and Emezie combine for 41 points.
“He (Jackson) makes other players better so when he gets inside he can cause a lot of problems for your defense,” White said. “He got in there quite a bit and caused quite a bit of trouble for Porter Ridge.”
Watkins finished with nine points and five assists while Kelcy added eight points and eight boards.
The Pirates were led by senior guard Dallas Austin, who had 16 points, and Casey Hardison’s 11 points and eight rebounds.
Senior forward Harrison Rivers added 10 points for the Pirates, who will look for there first conference win on the road at archrival Sun Valley Friday.
Marvin Ridge will also be in an intense rivalry game Friday night when the Mavs travel to Weddington.

‘It’s a shame somebody had to lose’
MARSHVILLE — The intensity level was high in Jackets gymnasium during Piedmont’s thrilling 69-66 overtime win at Forest Hills on Friday.
The lead changed hands 21 times in the nightcap, and also included nine ties.
“Effort-wise, it was just out the roof from both sides,” said Piedmont coach Rudi Heath. “I’m so proud of how hard our guys played and Forest Hills, I applaud them, too. It was just two teams going at it. It’s a shame somebody had to lose when both teams played that hard.”
Piedmont senior guard Qualen Blakeney scored 11 of his game-high 19 points after the third quarter and also contributed four assists, four steals and a block.
“As I told our coaches, there wasn’t anybody on the floor that wanted it as bad as No. 0 (Blakeney),” Heath said. “He took a couple of quick shots, but he wanted the game. I trust him and his talent.”
Piedmont got 18 points and seven rebounds from sophomore center Cameron Tripp, and senior forward Brady Meggs had 15 points and eight rebounds.
Forest Hills is now 2-2 in the conference, and both losses have been in overtime.
Kalief Harrison was a force for the Jackets, finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and teammate Roderick Poag also had a double-double (13 points, 13 boards).
Poag made two free throws with 24.9 seconds in regulation to force overtime.
Blakeney scored the game-winning basket by driving for a layup with 54.5 seconds remaining in OT, then added a free throw with 22 seconds left for the final score.
Piedmont used just seven players, while the Jackets played 10. FH had four players reach double-digit scoring, including guards Austin Perkins and Terrance Huntley, who scored 11 each.
Forest Hills travels to Cuthbertson on Friday.

Barber leads WHS boysROUGHEDGE — Sophomore guard Jordan Barber scored a season-high 22 points to lead Weddington’s boys to a 61-58 road win over Parkwood on Tuesday.
The Warriors improved to 8-6 overall and 1-0 in the Southern Carolina Conference while the Rebels fell to 1-9 overall and 0-1 in the league.
WHS led by as many as 15 early in the fourth quarter, but the Rebels cut the lead down to two in the late stages.
Barber went 8-for-8 from the free throw line, including four makes in the final two minutes to help the Warriors hold on.
Brandon Watts, a junior wing, added 15 points and four steals for WHS, which also got 11 points and eight rebounds from sophomore Chris Trevisan.
Four players scored in double figures for Parkwood, including sophomore guards Max Robinson and Terrell Williams, who each had 13 points.
Senior forward James Houston added 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds while junior guard Sam Mobley contributed 10 points.
Both teams are back in action on Friday, when Weddington hosts Marvin Ridge and Parkwood travels to Anson County.

Tuesday’s results
Cuthbertson boys 77, CATA 28
CATA girls 57, Cuthbertson 48
Monroe boys 70, N. Stanly 29
Monroe girls 55, N. Stanly 49
Piedmont boys 69, FH 66 (OT)
FH girls 52, Piedmont 48
WHS boys 61, Parkwood 58
WHS girls 39, Parkwood 36
Marvin Ridge boys 80, PR 63
Porter Ridge girls 86, MR 24
Sun Valley boys 65, Anson 43
Anson girls 55, Sun Valley 31
West Stanly girls 54, U. Academy 31

Tuesday’s late box scores
Piedmont boys 69, Forest Hills 66  Overtime

Piedmont (11-1 overall, 3-0 RRC)
Qualen Blakney 8 1-2 19, Jeremy Anthony 2 4-7 8, Cameron Tripp 9 0-0 18, Austin Harding 1 0-0 3, Eli Hyatt 2 1-2 6, Brady Meggs 7 1-2 15, Jaden Funderburk 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 7-13 69

Forest Hills (7-6, 2-2)
Roshad Gibson 1 1-2 4, Austin Perkins 5 0-0 11, Terrance Huntley 3 2-4 11, Roderick Poag 5 3-4 13, Kalief Harrison 7 4-4 18, Jarvis Wilson 2 1-2 5, Chris Glidewell 2 0-0 4, Tyler White 0 0-0 0, Jordan Blakeney 0 0-0 0, Zaccheus Rorie 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 11-16 66.

Piedmont^12^17^22^11^7 - 69
Forest Hills^17^13^19^13^4 - 66

3-pointers: P 4 (Blakeney 2); FH 5 (Huntley 3). Rebounds: P 24 (Meggs 8, Tripp 7); FH 40 (Poag 13, Harrison 12). Assists: 17 (Hyatt  7, Blakeney 4); FH 17 (Gibson 5, Harrison 3). Steals: P 15 (Blakeney 4, Anthony 4, Tripp 3, Hyatt 3); FH 7 (Perkins 2). Blocks: P 2 (Blakeney, Tripp); FH 2 (Poag, Rorie).

Forest Hills girls 52, Piedmont 48

Piedmont (3-9, 1-2)
Jessica Purser 1 0-0 3, Jessica Prince 5 1-2 14, Sam Boling 2 0-0 5, Abbey Mills 2 3-3 7, Natalie Harris 2 0-2 4, Sarah Wylie 4 0-0 9, Jacquelyn Price 3 0- 6, Maddie Morton 0 0-0 0, Ashley Wilson 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 4-9 48.

Forest Hills (10-3, 4-0)
Tonjai Everett 8 1-5 18, Shay Bivens 6 0-2 14, Tariah Harrell 1 2-4 2, Onyx Burns 2 3-8 7, Toynika Hailey 1 0-2 2, Shuntel Kirkland 2 0-3 5, Asia Raley 1 0-0 2, Natalie Smith 0 0-0 0, Kimberly Rivers 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 7-24 52.

Piedmont^14^18^7^9 - 48
Forest Hills^14^20^10^8 - 52

3-pointers: P 6 (Prince 3); FH 3 (Bivens 2). Rebounds: P 30 (Wylie 8, Mills 7, Prince 7); FH 44 (Everett 10, Burns 10, Kirkland 8, Bivens 7). Assists: P 12 (Prince 5); FH 7 (Everett 2, Bivens 2, Kirkland 2). Steals: P 8 (Boling 2, Price 2); FH 15 (Everett). Blocks: P 1 (Harris); FH 2 (Burns, Hailey).

Weddington boys 61, Parkwood 58
Weddington (8-6, 1-0 SCC)
Brandon Watts 4 7-10 15, Jordan Barber 6 8-8 22, Mason Ospechuk 2 3-5 7, Chris Trevisan 5 1-5 11, Jake Granger 0 0-0 0, Demonta Oates 1 1-2 3, Jordan Sharpe 0 3-4 3, Blake Waud 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 23-34 61.

Parkwood (1-9, 0-1 SCC)
Jared Myers 1 0-2 2, Sam Mobley 3 4-7 10, Grey Wyrick 1 0-0 3, Matt Williams 1 1-2 3, James Houston 5 2-3 12, Max Robinson 4 5-11 13, Terrell Williams 5 0-2 13, Kenan Turpin 0 1-3 1, Victor Thompson 0 0-0 0, Ryan McManus 0 0-0 0, Keelyn Lee 0 1-2 1. Totals 20 14-32 58.

WHS^12^11^17^21 - 61
Parkwood^8^9^14^27 - 58

3-pointers: WHS 2 (Barber 2); Parkwood 4 (Williams 3, Wyrick 1). Rebounds: WHS 30 (Oates 9, Trevisan 8, Barber 4); Parkwood 26 (Houston 10, Lee 5, Mobley 4). Assists: WHS 8 (Barber 4, Watts 2); Parkwood 6 (Mobley 2). Steals: WHS 9 (Watts 4, Trevisan 2); Parkwood 6 (Houston 2). Blocks: WHS 2 (Watts 2); Parkwood 0.

Weddington girls 39, Parkwood 36
Weddington (11-3, 1-0 SCC)
Stephanie Watts 6 8-10 24, Jada Craig 2 0-0 4, Kelsie Croal 0 0-0 0, Bailee Carter 4 0-0 8, Olivia Jenkins 1 1-2 3, Molly Mann 0 0-0 0, Emily Schill 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 9-12 39.

Parkwood (8-2, 0-1 SCC)
Lauren Brown 3 0-0 8, Kaci Coffey 1 6-8 8, Lillian Geehring 2 0-0 4, Emry Tsitouris 1 11-14 13, Maggie Smith 1 0-0 3, Abby Lathan 0 0-0 0, Karly Millican 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 17-22 36.

WHS^9^10^10^10 - 39
Parkwood^7^7^9^13 - 36

3-pointers: WHS 4 (Watts 4); Parkwood 3 (Brown 2, Smith 1). Rebounds: WHS 16 (Watts 5, Carter 4); Parkwood 24 (Tsitouris 14). Assists: WHS 6 (Croal 3, Watts 2); Parkwood 5 (Coffey 2, Smith 2). Steals: WHS 13 (Watts 4, Carter 3); Parkwood 6 (Tsitouris 2). Blocks: WHS 1 (Carter); Parkwood 2 (Tsitouris 2).

Marvin Ridge boys 80, Porter Ridge 63
Porter Ridge (4-9, 0-1 SCC)
Jerrick Robbins 2 0-0 4, Dallas Austin 6 4-6 16, Jeff Spence 1 2-2 4, Caleb Homesley 3 0-1 8, Casey Hardison 3 5-9 11, Frank Anthony 0 0-0 0, Nick Widgeon 0 0-0 0, Cody Barrette 1 2-4 4, Tyler Harrell 0 0-0 0, Aaron Mennitt 1 0-1 2, Elijah Patterson 0 0-0 0, Harrison Rivers 4 2-2 10, D’Andre Dennis 2 0-0 4. Totals 23 15-25 63

Marvin Ridge (7-6, 1-0 SCC)
Sam Vogt 2 0-0 6, Logan Jackson 8 1-3 17, Dylan White 0 0-1 0, Kris Watkins 4 0-0 9, Ben Vogt 0 0-0 0, Ryan Owens 0 0-0 0, Zach Frye 0 0-0 0, Ross Corday 0 0-0 0, Taylor Neal 6 2-2 15, AJ McCloskey 0 0-0 0, David Cardwell 0 3-4 3, Roen Ourant 1 0-0 2, David Kelcy 4 0-0 8, John Emezie 7 4-5 18, Ben Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals 33 11-15 80

PR^11^18^20^14 - 63
MR^20^16^28^16 - 80

3-pointers: PR 2 (Homesley 2); MR 4 (S. Vogt 2, Watkins 1, Neal 1). Rebounds: PR 37 (Hardison 8, Barrett 7, Spence 5); MR 36 (Emezie 10, Neal 9, Kelcy 8, Jackson 5). Assists: PR 11 (Anthony 3, Hardison 2, Barrette 2); MR 15 (Jackson 5, Watkins 5). Steals: PR 10 (Austin 2, Homesley 2, Hardison 2); MR 10 (Williams 2, Emezie 2, Kelcy 2, Watkins 2). Blocks: PR 3 (Austin 1, Patterson 1, Dennis 1); MR 6 (Neal 2, Ourant 2, Emezie 2).

Porter Ridge girls 86, Marvin Ridge 24
Porter Ridge (10-3, 1-0 SCC)
Amanda Conti 3 0-0 6, Jada Huntley 5 0-0 12, Jasmine Huntley 11 2-3 24, Kara Cunningham 3 2-4 8, Jade Jones 4 3-6 11, Ireland Massey 3 2-3 8, Justice McKinney 4 2-2 10, Meghan Madanski 0 1-2 1, Bobbi Jones 1 3-3 5. Totals 34 15-23 86

Marvin Ridge (5-8, 0-1 SCC)
Juliana Bass 4 0-0 8, Melissa Sepulveda 0 0-0 0, Jamie Ellis 1 0-0 2, Casey Bigham 2 0-0 5, Ariel Griffin 1 1-1 3, Caylie Sullivan 0 0-0 0, Melissa Blatnik 3 0-1 6, Madison Day 0 0-0 0, Dharma Rosbrugh 0 0-0 0, Vanessa Ntangsi 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 1-2 24

PR^15^19^25^27 - 86
MR^2^8^8^6 - 24

3-pointers: PR 3 (Jada Huntley 3); MR 1 (Bigham 1). Rebounds: PR 34 (McKinney 9, Massey 8, J. Jones 5, Jada Huntley 5); MR 17 (Blatnik 6, Ellis 5). Assists: PR 18 (Cunningham 5, J. Jones 4, Jas. Huntley 3, B. Jones 3, Jad. Huntley 2); MR 7 (Griffin 3, Ellis 2). Steals: PR 30 (J. Jones 8, Jas. Huntley 7, Jas. Huntley 5, Cunningham 5, B. Jones 3); MR 6 (Blatnik 2, Ellis 2). Blocks: PR 5 (Madanski 3, B. Jones 2); MR 2 (Griffin 1, Rosbrugh 1).