Weddington boys grab share of first with win at SV

Warriors using defense to overcome lack of scoring
Jan. 30, 2013 @ 02:44 PM

INDIAN TRAIL — The race is on for the Southern Carolina Conference boys basketball title.

Marvin Ridge, Weddington and Sun Valley are all tied at 4-1 atop the league standings following Tuesday's games.

The Warriors (12-7) held on for a 48-44 road win over the Spartans (11-7) to create the three-way tie. Marvin Ridge (10-7) defeated Parkwood 74-64 on the road.

"It's exciting for our guys," said Weddington coach Gary Ellington. "They want it. They set a goal at the beginning of the season to win the conference. They kind of felt like nobody gave them a chance to be honest. We graduated seven seniors from last year, so most of these guys are new. They've kind of taken that underdog role and they want to prove people wrong."

The Warriors, who have won four straight and six of their last seven, have been getting it done with defense.

Weddington has held 10 opponents to 45 points or less this season, including the last three.

"Our defense has been good all year," said Ellington. "We've struggled to score a lot, but our defense is keeping us in almost every game."

Four players scored at least eight points in Tuesday's win, including sophomore guard Jordan Barber, who finished with a team-high 12.

Junior forward Blake Waud added 10, while junior wing Brandon Watts and junior guard Mason Ospechuk each scored eight.

Watts made 1-of-2 free throws with 3.2 seconds left to seal the victory.

"That's how it's been for the last 4-5 games, and that's how we want it," said Ellington of the balanced scoring. "We don't want anybody caring about who gets the points. I think good teams have that balance."

Junior guard Daquan Moody scored 13 points off the bench to lead Sun Valley. Moody made a game-high four 3-pointers.

Hakeem Polk, a sophomore forward, added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Spartans.

Both teams return to action on Friday, when Weddington travels to Anson County and Sun Valley hosts Marvin Ridge.

The Warriors and Spartans meet for the second time at WHS on Feb. 8.

 

Tuesday's box scores

Weddington boys 48, Sun Valley 44

Weddington (12-7, 4-1 SCC)

Brandon Watts 3 2-4 8, Jordan Barber 4 2-4 12, Chris Trevisan 1 0-1 2, Mason Ospechuk 2 3-4 8, Blake Waud 5 0-2 10, Jordan Sharpe 1 0-0 2, Demonta Oates 1 0-0 2, Jack Nicastro 1 2-2 4, Gavin Black 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-17 48.

Sun Valley (11-7, 4-1 SCC)

Kendall Ratliff 3 1-4 7, Kevin Saxton 1 0-0 2, Jacquez Johnson 2 0-0 5, Hakeem Polk 3 4-7 10, Isaiah Blanchett 2 2-4 6, Daquan Moody 4 1-3 13, Albert Funderburk 0 1-2 1, Ty Thompson 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 9-20 44.

 

Weddington^10^16^14^8 - 48

Sun Valley^5^11^18^10 - 44

3-pointers: WHS 3 (Barber 2, Ospechuk 1); SV 5 (Moody 4, Johnson 1). Rebounds: WHS 28 (Trevisan 8, Waud 6, Watts 5); SV 26 (Polk 7, Blanchett 7, Saxton 5). Assists: WHS 8 (Sharpe 3, Trevisan 2); SV 9 (Saxton 4, Moody 2). Steals: WHS 11 (Trevisan 3); SV 10 (Blanchett 5). Blocks: WHS 3 (Watts 3); SV 6 (Ratliff 4).

Weddington girls 59, Sun Valley 33

Weddington (15-4, 4-1 SCC)

Kelsie Croal 1 0-0 2, Stephanie Watts 5 0-2 11, Bailee Carter 14 4-5 36, Olivia Jenkins 0 0-0 0, Jada Craig 2 0-2 4, Molly Mann 0 0-0 0, Anna Gatignol 2 0-0 4, Emily Schill 1 0-0 2, Sarah McKain 0 0-0 0, Lindsey Davis 0 0-0 0, Jill Turpin 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 4-9 59.

Sun Valley (5-13, 0-5 SCC)

Brittney Pickett 3 1-2 7, Ke'La Thomas 2 0-0 4, Lauren Isenberger 3 0-0 8, Jackie Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Amanda Bill 1 7-8 9, Rachel Terrell 1 0-0 3, Madison Faulkner 1 0-0 2, Asay Staggered 0 0-0 0, Gabby Dorismond 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 8-10 33.

 

Weddington^16^16^15^12 - 59

Sun Valley^12^6^11^4 - 33

3-pointers: WHS 5 (Carter 4, Watts 1); SV 3 (Isenberger 2, Terrell 1). Rebounds: WHS 19 (Watts 5, Croal 4); SV 30 (Pickett 7, Bill 6, Thomas 5, Zimmerman 5). Assists: WHS 13 (Craig 5, Watts 4, Croal 3); SV 8 (Bill 3, Dorismond 2). Steals: WHS 19 (Croal 6, Watts 6, Carter 3, Jenkins 3); SV 8 (Bill 4, Thomas 2). Blocks: WHS 8 (Watts 4, Jenkins 3); SV 1 (Bill).