Piedmont's Anthony glad to be back

Senior guard scores 17 against former team
Jan. 25, 2013 @ 02:27 PM

MONROE — Jeremy Anthony doesn't care to share the details, but he wasn't happy when he transferred from Piedmont High to Union Academy after his sophomore year in 2011.
Anthony defines himself as a basketball player, but wasn't getting much satisfaction from the game.
He averaged 10.9 points as a junior at UA, but played in only nine games.
After the school year, Anthony decided to return to Piedmont and it's worked out well for the 5-11 combo guard.
Anthony scored a team-high 17 points in Piedmont's 69-45 road win over Union Academy on Thursday.
Anthony gets heavy minutes, and he's helped the Panthers go 14-2 overall and 6-1 in the Rocky River Conference.
Anthony wanted a clean slate, and he got it with first-year coach Rudi Heath taking over Piedmont's program.
Anthony knew it was going to be a good year when he and senior backcourt mate Qualen Blakeney started playing together.
I worked hard over the summer on my game," Anthony said. "I talked to Qualen and we just had a bond. I just came in and tried to get the chemistry going and we connected with each other. I just wanted to help out the best way I can. Wherever they needed me at I was willing to play."
Anthony and his teammates have responded well to Heath.
"We just bought in to the coach; we are all in every day," Anthony said. "We know we can't win without him and he can't win without us. We had to trust each other and be a team, be a family."
The Panthers begin the second half of the conference schedule with a home game against league powerhouse Monroe on Tuesday.
Anthony knows Piedmont will be getting everybody's best shot.
"We have to practice hard and stay focused," Anthony said, "and be all in."

Piedmont boys 69, Union Academy 45

Piedmont (14-2, 6-1 RRC)
Qualen Blakeney 4 0-0 11, Jeremy Anthony 6 2-2 17, Jack Gamble 0 0-0 0,  Brandon Crotts 1 0-0 2, Cameron Tripp 2 5-6 9, Tyler Ivey 3 0-0 6, Austin Harding 1 0-1 2, Andrew Wood 1 0-0 2, Tanner Stringer 1 0-0 2, LJ Pettiway 2 2-2 7, Brady Meggs 4 3-4 11. Totals 25 12-15 69

Union Academy (0-8, 0-6 RRC)
Jake Beeson 2 0-1 4, Ethan Daly 4 0-0 8, Ben Killion 4 0-0 8, Harrison Whisant 0 0-0 0, Collin Whitaker 4 1-2 10, Matthew Guillot 2 0-0 5, Myles Lloyd 2 0-3 5, Andrew Guillot 1 3-3 5. Totals 19 4-8 45

PM  16 18 18 17 - 69
UA  11 15 7 12 - 45

3-pointers: PM 7 (Blakeney 3, Anthony 3, Pettiway 1); UA 3 (Whitaker 1, M. Guillot 1, Lloyd 1). Rebounds: PM 30 (Tripp 5, Meggs 5); UA 21 (Daly 6, Killion 6). Assists: PM 18 (Blakeney 7, Anthony 4, Pettiway 3, Crotts 2); UA 12 (Beeson 5, Daly 3, Killion 2, A. Guillot 2). Steals: PM 8 (Blakeney 2); UA 8 (Killion 3, Whitaker 2, Lloyd 2). Blocks: PM 2 (Gamble 1, Meggs 1); UA 3 (Daly 2, Whisant 1).

Piedmont girls 56, Union Academy 42

Piedmont (7-9, 3-4 RRC)
Maddi Morton 0 0-0 0, Brooke Kelly 0 0-0 0, Megan Shew 0 0-0 0, Jessie Purser 1 0-0 2, Ashley Wilson 1 0-0 2, Natalie Harris 3 0-2 6, Sam Boling 1 0-2 3, Jessica Prince 1 5-10 8, Abbey Mills 7 5-10 22, Janie Roseborough 0 0-0 0, Jackie Price 1 1-2 3, Sarah Wylie 3 2-4 10. Totals 18 13-30 56

Union Academy (1-7, 0-6 RRC)
Cara McNulty 4 1-3 9, Ladaria Moss 0 0-0 0, Siera Lynn 4 3-8 15, Savannah Fox 5 2-4 12, Chace Helms 0 0-0 0, Anna Sidders 3 0-0 6, Sarah McClendon 0 0-0 0, Lindsey Starnes 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 6-15 42

PM  19 11 13 13 - 56
UA  11 10 14 7 - 42

3-pointers: PM 7 (Mills 3, Wylie 2, Prince 1, Boling 1); UA 4 (Lynn 4). Rebounds: PM 48 (Wylie 15, Price 7, Mills 7, Purser 7); UA 33 (McNulty 10, Fox 5, Sidders 5). Assists: PM 14 (Mills 6, Prince 6, Purser 2); UA 8 (Starnes 3, Fox 3, Lynn 2). Steals: PM 9 (Purser 2, Boling 2, Mills 2); UA 6 (Sidders 2, Lynn 2). Blocks: PM 2 (Purser 1, Price 1); UA 4 (McNulty 2, Lynn 1, Fox 1).