9-1 Panthers return to league play Friday

Piedmont coming off only loss of season
Jan. 03, 2013 @ 04:48 PM

MONROE — Piedmont High’s boys basketball team is already approaching its win total from last season.
The Panthers, who went 11-14 a year ago, are off to a 9-1 start in 2012-13 under first-year coach Rudi Heath.
Piedmont, a 2A school, won its first nine games this season before suffering its first loss to 4A Durham Jordan in the championship game of the Lee County Christmas Tournament last Saturday.
The Panthers return to Rocky River Conference action at home against Central Academy today. The Cougars (4-6, 1-1 RRC) are coming off a 62-54 road loss to West Stanly on Wednesday.
Piedmont (1-0 RRC) is currently tied for second place in the league with Monroe and trails Cuthbertson by a half-game in the standings.
Four players are averaging double figures in scoring for the Panthers, including senior forward Brady Meggs (17.2), sophomore forward Cameron Tripp (11.0), senior guard Qualen Blakeney (10.9) and senior guard Jeremy Anthony (10.5).

Isley sparks CATA
Amber Isley dropped a game-high 23 points to lead Central Academy’s girls to a 79-66 road win over West Stanly on Wednesday.
Three other players scored in double figures for the Cougars (3-7, 1-1 RRC), including sophomore Alyssa Carbone (15), senior guard Rae Moore (12) and senior forward Hunter Manus (12).
Senior guard Casey Nichols added nine points for CATA, which outscored the Colts 46-30 in the second half.
Isley, who averages a team-high 15.7 points per game, has scored in double figures in nine of the Cougars’ 10 gamest this season. She scored 26 in a loss to Sun Valley on Dec. 5.
Carbone ranks second on the team at 10.3 ppg, while Moore is third at 8.6 ppg.

Warriors on a roll
Weddington’s girls have won seven straight — the longest current streak of any team in Union County.
The Warriors (10-3), who cruised to a 60-29 home win over Forest Hills on Wednesday, begin play in the Southern Carolina Conference at Parkwood on Tuesday.
Each of the Warriors’ top four scorers are underclassmen, including sophomore guard Stephanie Watts (21.5), junior forward Bailee Carter (12.6), freshman guard Jada Craig (7.6) and junior guard Lacy Lockhart (7.4).
Watts, who leads UC in scoring, has dropped 20 or more eight times this season.

Wednesday’s late boxes
Weddington girls 60, Forest Hills 29
Forest Hills (8-3)
Tonjai Everett 6 0-0 12, Shay Bivens 2 0-0 6, Natalie Smith 1 0-0 2, Onyx Burns 3 0-2 6, Shuntell Kirkland 1 0-0 2, Kimberly Rivers 0 0-0 0, Heather Horne 0 1-2 1, Toynika Hailey 0 0-0 0, Tariah Harrell 0 0-0 0, Zanec Bivens 0 0-0 0, Jayla Cole 0 0-0 0, Diana Mapuoletuli 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 1-4 29.

Weddington (10-3)
Stephanie Watts 6 3-4 20, Jada Craig 6 0-0 12, Bailee Carter 7 0-1 14, Kelsie Croal 1 0-0 2, Olivia Jenkins 4 0-2 8, Molly Mann 1 0-0 2, Amarianne Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Sarah McKain 0 0-0 0, Jill Turpin 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 3-7 60.

F. Hills^8^4^4^13  -  29
WHS^15^21^13^11  -  60

3-pointers: FH 2 (Bivens 2); WHS 5 (Watts 5). Rebounds: FH 29 (Everett 8, Burns 8, Kirkland 5); WHS 34 (Watts 12, Jenkins 8, Carter 5). Assists: FH 6 (Bivens 2); WHS 9 (Watts 5, Croal 3). Steals: FH 14 (Everett 5, Kirkland 3); WHS 12 (Watts 6, Craig 3). Blocks: FH 2 (Everett, Burns); WHS 6 (Watts 6).

Weddington boys 61, Forest Hills 47
Forest Hills (6-5)
Roshad Gibson 1 2-4 4, Austin Perkins 0 0-0 0, Terrance Huntley 3 2-2 10, Jordan Blakeney 1 2-2 4, Zachrus Rorie 2 3-4 8, Roderick Poag 6 2-2 14, Tyler White 0 0-0 0, Kalief Harrison 3 1-1 7, Chris Glidewell 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 12-15 47.

Weddington (7-6)
Demonta Oates 0 0-0 0, Chris Trevisan 3 0-0 6, Jordan Barber 8 0-0 16, Brandon Watts 3 4-7 12, Jake Granger 2 0-0 4, Jordan Sharpe 3 0-0 7, Mason Osperchuck 1 3-3 5, Mahlon Hearne 0 0-0 0, Casey Webber 0 0-0 0, Aaron Czyuprna 0 0-0 0, Blake Waud 4 3-3 11, Alex Plevka 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 10-13 61.

F. Hills^14^10^6^17  -  47
WHS^9^22^11^19  -  61

3-pointers: FH 3 (Huntley 2, Rorie 1); WHS 3 (Watts 2, Sharpe 1). Rebounds: FH 27 (Harrison 6, Gibson 5, Poag 5); WHS 28 (Trevisan 8, Watts 6, Waud 4). Assists: FH 8 (Huntley 3); WHS 13 (Watts 6, Barber 3). Steals: FH 8 (Rorie 3); WHS 9 (Barber 4, Sharpe 2). Blocks: FH 1 (Poag); WHS 4 (Watts 2, Granger 2).

Area conference standings
(Through Jan. 3)

Rocky River Conference
Boys
Team^League^Overall
Cuthbertson^2-0^11-1
Piedmont^1-0^9-1
Monroe^1-0^6-1
Forest Hills^1-1^6-5
Central Academy^1-1^4-6
West Stanly^1-1^3-6
Union Academy^0-1^0-3
North Stanly^0-3^2-9

Girls
Team^League^Overall
Forest Hills^2-0^8-3
Cuthbertson^2-0^6-6
Monroe^1-0^6-1
Central Academy^1-1^3-7
North Stanly^1-2^7-4
Piedmont^0-1^4-6
Union Academy^0-1^1-2
West Stanly^0-2^5-5

Southern Carolina Conference
Boys
Team^League^Overall
Sun Valley^0-0^7-6
Marvin Ridge^0-0^6-5
Weddington^0-0^7-6
Anson County^0-0^5-5
Porter Ridge^0-0^4-8
Parkwood^0-0^1-8

Girls
Parkwood^0-0^8-1
Weddington^0-0^10-3
Porter Ridge^0-0^8-3
Anson County^0-0^5-3
Sun Valley^0-0^5-8
Marvin Ridge^0-0^4-7

Wednesday’s results
Girls games
Weddington 60, Forest Hills 29
Porter Ridge 47, Monroe 42
Central Academy 79, West Stanly 66

Boys games
Monroe 57, Porter Ridge 53
Weddington 61, Forest Hills 47
West Stanly 62, CATA 54

Friday’s games
Central Academy at Piedmont
West Stanly at Forest Hills
Cuthbertson at Monroe
North Stanly at Union Academy