Jackets have prime opportunity

Forest Hills girls can repeat as tourney champs
Feb. 21, 2013 @ 05:32 PM

Winning the conference tournament is always a memorable experience, but to do it while spoiling your archrival’s season makes it that much sweeter.
Forest Hills’ girls basketball team has a chance to repeat as Rocky River Conference tournament champions tonight.
To repeat the feat, the third-seeded Yellow Jackets have to go through 23-1 Monroe on the Redhawks’ home court starting at 6:00.
Monroe has won 17 straight games, and already has two wins over the Jackets this season.
The Redhawks have won 18 games by double digits this season, but both games with FH were close (59-55 and 70-62).
Both teams get the bulk of their scoring from uptempo guards.
One of the key matchups is at center, where both teams start sophomores. Monroe’s Zasha Barrett is coming off a career-high 25-rebound performance, pulling her season average up to 12.5 rebounds per game, while the Jackets’ Onyx Burns has pulled down double-digit rebounds in 10 straight games and averages 10.2 rpg.
The Redhawks and Jackets are both at their best when they can rebound and run, so whoever wins the battle on the boards will probably win the tournament.

Anson answers
After starting out 1-3 in league play, Anson County’s boys never had a chance to win the Southern Carolina Conference’s regular season title.
But the Bearcats have put it together in the SCC tournament, and will play in tonight’s championship game starting at 7:30 p.m. at Sun Valley High.
The fourth-seeded Bearcats are coming off their biggest win of the season — a 75-71 decision over top-seeded Marvin Ridge in Wednesday’s semifinal round.
After going 10-12 in the regular season, the Bearcats now have a chance to grab the league’s second seed for the 3A playoffs and carry some momentum into the postseason.
First-year coach Brandon Rains — a former Parkwood High standout who signed a scholarship with Pfeiffer a decade ago — says this game has a lot of significance.
“It would mean a lot for this program and it would mean a lot for the city of Wadesboro,” Rains said. “There are a lot of great people out there. They’ve brought me in, treated me like family; we’ve had our ups and downs as a team and it would mean a lot. We’ve overcame adversity and come together as a team.”
Anson has played a lot of close games this season. The Bearcats are now 7-3 in games decided by four points or less.
Senior BJ Tyson, a 6-4 point guard, is the Bearcats’ star.
Tyson had 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in Wednesday’s win.
He’s now scored 30 points or more in 13 games, including the last three.
Tyson averages 26.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
“There’s so much focus from the other team when BJ has the ball,” Rains said. “They really collapse. He takes what the defense gives him. He is very unselfish with the ball and will find the open man. He’s a true leader on the court.”
Anson averages a league-high 68.3 points per game, but Rains expects the game to be decided by his team’s performance on the other end.
“We’ve been able to score all year but we haven’t been able to stop people,” Rains said. “... We really gave a good performance on defense (against Marvin Ridge), and I feel like that is what put us on top.”

Keep an eye on ...North Stanly’s boys struggled this season, finishing 7-18 overall and 3-11 in the RRC, but there was a ray of hope for the Comets.
Freshman Stephen Misenheimer, a 6-3, 155-pound guard, showed flashes of brilliance at times.
Misenheimer’s skill set was on display in Tuesday’s 76-61 loss to Piedmont in the first round of the RRC tournament.
Misenheimer scored 27 points in the loss, including 25 in the first half. He finished the game 10-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
He also had a 27-point outburst in an 83-63 win over South Stanly on Feb. 4, when he went to the foul line 21 times.
Misenheimer is better suited for the wing, but can also handle the ball in the open court.
If he adds muscle in the offseason, Misenheimer could possibly double his scoring average (8.3 ppg) next season and become one of the top players in the league.
— E-J correspondent Eric Rape contributed to this story

Wednesday’s tournament box scores

#4 Anson boys 75, #1 Marvin Ridge 71
Anson (12-12)
Derren Murray 2 2-5 7, Devonte Teel 1 4-4 6, Will Smith 3 2-2 9, Bunyon Tyson 9 11-17 30, Stephen Minter 6 3-6 15, Terrell Tillman 0 3-3 3, Rey Davis 1 0-0 3, J’Maine Harris 0 0-0 0, JaQualyn Robinson 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 25-37 75

Marvin Ridge (14-9)
Logan Jackson 6 0-3 14, Zach Frye 1 0-0 3, Taylor Neal 5 5-5 18, David Kelcy 4 2-2 10, John Emezie 7 5-11 20, Sam Vogt 1 0-2 2, Roen Ourant 1 0-0 2, Ross Corday 0 0-0 0, Ben Williams 0 1-2 1, Kris Watkins 0 1-2 1, Ben Vogt 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 14-27 71

Anson^16^16^16^27 - 75
Marvin Ridge^7^22^17^25 - 71

3-pointers: AHS 4 (Murray 1, Smith 1, Tyson 1, Davis 1); MR 7 (Neal 3, Jackson 2, Frye 1, Emezie 1). Rebounds: AHS 44 (Minter 12, Tyson 10, Teel 6); MR 30 (Emezie 8, Neal 6, Jackson 5). Assists: AHS 7 (Tyson 4, Murray 2); MR 16 (Jackson 6, Emezie 4, Frye 3, Neal 2). Steals: AHS 3; MR 8 (Jackson 2, Neal 2, Emezie 2). Blocks: AHS 5 (Tyson 2, Murray 1, Minter 1, Tillman 1).

#1 Porter Ridge girls 67, #4 Anson 31
Anson
Jasmine Rivers 1 0-0 2, Keyanne McCray 0 2-2 2, Paris Chapman 0 0-0 0, Brittney Henderson 0 0-0 0, Chanel Pauldo 2 2-5 6, Tymesha Melton 0 1-4 1, Mallory Taylor 0 0-0 0, Shinitra Little 1 1-2 3, Ravonda Taylor 3 3-4 9, Rebecca Pace 0 1-2 1, Crystal Cox 3 0-1 7, Alexis Cole 0 0-0 0, Miranda Curran 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 10-20 31.

Porter Ridge (21-3)
Amanda Conti 0 0-0 0, Jada Huntley 5 0-1 12, Jasmine Huntley 5 3-5 13, Kara Cunningham 3 0-0 6, Sarah Welch 1 0-0 3, Jade Jones 4 4-7 13, Ireland Massey 0 1-5 1, Justice McKinney 2 3-3 7, Megan Madanski 0 0-0 0, Hannah Smith 3 0-2 6, Victoria Freeman 2 1-1 6. Totals 25 12-24 67

Anson^6^4^8^13 - 31
Porter Ridge^16^11^19^21 - 67

3-pointers: AHS 1 (Cox 1); PR 5 (Jad. Huntley 2, Welch 1, Jones 1, Freeman 1). Rebounds: AHS 35 (Pauldo 10, Little 9); PR 40 (McKinney 8, Jad. Huntley 7, Jones 7, Smith 6). Assists: AHS 5 (McCray 2); PR 20 (Welch 6, Jas. Huntley 4, Cunningham 3, Massey 2, Freeman 2). Steals: AHS 6 (McCray 3, Pauldo 3); PR 25 (Jas. Huntley 7, McKinney 6, Jones 3, Jad. Huntley 2, Cunningham 2, Smith 2). Blocks: AHS 1 (Little 1); PR 2 (Jas. Huntley 1, Smith 1).

#3 Forest Hills girls 41, #2 Cuthbertson 38
Forest Hills (18-7)
Tonjai Everett 5 1-5 11, Shay Bivens 3 0-0 9, Onyx Burns 5 0-2 10, Toynika Hailey 2 0-1 4, Shuntell Kirkland 1 0-0 2, Natalie Smith 1 1-2 3, Kimberly Rivers 1 0-0 2, Tariah Harrell 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 2-10 41.

Cuthbertson (16-10)
Brianna Ingram 0 0-0 0, Taylor Helms 2 0-0 5, Mara Arnold 1 0-0 3, Deja Burks 3 6-6 12, Morgan Carlson 3 2-6 8, Kathleen Cashman 4 0-0 10, Toni Clark 0 0-0 0, Chloe Gray 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 8-12 38.

F. Hills^9^13^11^8  -  41
Cuthbertson^13^9^7^9  -  38

3-pointers: FH 3 (Bivens 3); CHS 4 (Cashman 2, Helms 1, Arnold 1). Rebounds: FH 38 (Burns 11, Hailey 8, Everett 6, Smith 6); CHS 35 (Carlson 14, Burks 9, Ingram 5). Assists: FH 9 (Everett 4, Bivens 2, Kirkland 2); CHS 9 (Carlson 3, Burks 2, Helms 2, Ingram 2). Steals: FH 11 (Everett 4, Burns 2, Kirkland 2, Smith 2); CHS 8 (Arnold 2, Burks 2, Carlson 2). Blocks: FH 2 (Burns 1, Smith 1); CHS 6 (Carlson 6).

#1 Monroe girls 72, #5 Piedmont 59
Piedmont (11-14)
Sam Boling 1 0-2 2, Jessica Prince 6 0-0 17, Abbey Mills 5 4-8 15, Jackie Price 4 4-5 12, Sarah Wylie 1 1-2 3, Megan Widener 1 2-2 4, Ashley Wilson 1 0-0 2, Natalie Harris 2 0-0 4, Maddie Morton 0 0-0 0, Jessica Purser 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 11-19 59.

Monroe (23-1)
Kendall Cox 2 1-2 5, Daya Jordan 6 1-4 13, Asha Jordan 10 3-4 27, Zasha Barrett 5 6-11 16, Bria Roddy 2 0-0 6, Yasmine Thomas 1 0-0 2, Tyriona Houston 1 0-0 2, Amilya Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Aimee Bell 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 11-21 72.

Piedmont^5^9^21^24  -  59
Monroe^19^23^21^9  -  72

3-pointers: Piedmont 6 (Prince 5, Mills 1); Monroe 6 (A. Jordan 4, Roddy 2). Rebounds: Piedmont 30 (Mills 6, Wilson 5, Prince 5, Boling 4); Monroe 50 (Barrett 25, A. Jordan 10, D. Jordan 5). Assists: Piedmont 13 (Mills 6, Prince 3, Boling 3); Monroe 15 (D. Jordan 6, A. Jordan 4, Cox 3). Steals: Piedmont 8 (Prince 2, Mills 2, Purser 2); Monroe 9 (D. Jordan 3, Barrett 3, Cox 2). Blocks: Piedmont 0; Monroe 3 (Barrett 2, A. Jordan 1).