Cougars gaining confidence

Win over Parkwood ends skid
Jan. 10, 2013 @ 04:51 PM

Central Academy's boys basketball team ended a four-game losing streak with a thrilling 45-42 home win over Parkwood on Wednesday, and avenging a loss to the Rebels on Dec. 19.

"It was a big win because we had lost four in a row; it was a confidence win," Cougars coach Greg Wenger said. "For us to be playing the same to that we had already lost to, losing four games in a row; even though it's not a conference game ... it gives us that one more bit of confidence."

Wenger, in his second season, is trying to instill confidence into a program that wa a combined 10-44 from 2008-11.

Last year's 7-16 record was the best in school history. After Wednesday's win over the Rebels, CATA is now 5-8.

"I think this should give us good momentum as we head back into conference," Wenger said.

The Cougars got 14 points and five assists from junior guard Ryan Grigston.

Grigston's basket with 44 seconds left in the game put the Cougars up 43-42.

"The whole game I had been thinking a lot, but down the stretch I was just reacting," Grigston said. "That was just a play where I got the ball, pump faked and took it to the lane. It was just reaction really."

The win was big for a young Cougars team that started just one senior, forward Hazaud Courtlandt, against the Rebels.

"It was really important because we're really young and we needed that confidence boost," Grigston said. "We've been playing games that we should have won but we didn't finish. Tonight, we finished."

The Rebels (1-10) have lost five straight, including the last four by four points or less.

Parkwood had an opportunity to retake the lead after Grigston's bucket but senior forward James Houston was called for traveling immediately after retrieving an offensive rebound under his own basket with 24.2 seconds left.

Courtlandt's ensuing layup gave his team a three-point lead. Parkwood had a final chance to tie, but Sam Mobley's 3-point try from the corner was off the mark.

Wenger knows every win is a step in the right direction for the program.

"I try to inspire them as much as I can to believe in themselves," Wenger said. "I think being a young team that's the first and foremost thing is to know that you can do it.

Wenger says beating Forest Hills for the first time ever last month "gave them something to hang their hat on."

The Cougars will try to improve on their 1-3 conference record when they travel to North Stanly tonight.

 

Central Academy boys 45, Parkwood 42Parkwood (1-10)
Kenan Turpin 1 0-0 2, Sam Mobley 2 0-0 4, Jared Myers 0 0-0 0, Ryan McManus 4 0-0 9, Joey Ludlow 0 0-0 0, James Houston 5 3-8 13, Keelyn Lee 2 0-0 4, Max Robinson 2 4-6 8, Victor Thompson 0 0-0 0, Grey Wyrick 0 0-2 0, Matt Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 7-16 42,
Central Academy (5-8)
Naim Donaldson 0 0-0 0, Quay Threatt 3 3-5 9, Deshawn Morrison 1 0-1 3, Isaiah Daniel 0 0-0 0, John Daniel 0 3-3 3, Josh Daughety 2 0-0 6, Xavier Hamilton 1 2-2 4, Stephen Fisher 0 0-0 0, Hazaud Courtlandt 3 0-2 6, Ryan Grigston 5 3-4 14. Totals 15 11-17 45.

 

PW^15^10^9^8 - 42
CA^17^8^8^12 - 45

3-pointers: PW 1 (McManus 1); CA 4 (Daughety 2, Grigston 1, Morrison 1). Rebounds: PW 28 (Houston 16); CA 32 (Courtlandt 10, Threatt 7, Grigston 5). Assists: PW 13 (Myers 5, Robinson 2, Wyrick 2); CA 9 (Grigston 5, Threatt 3). Steals: PW 9 (Mobley 4, Houston 3); CA 4 (Threatt 2). Blocks: PW 3 (Wyrick 2, Mobley 1); CA 4 (Hamilton 2, Courtlandt 2).

 

Parkwood girls 55, Central Academy 47Parkwood (9-2)
Kacey Millican 0 0-0 0, Maggie Smith 5 1-2 12, Kaci Coffey 0 0-0 0, Abby Lathan 2 0-0 5, Lillian Geerhing 3 3-4 9, Katie Millican 0 0-0 0, Karly Millican 3 0-0 6, Lauren Brown 2 2-3 7, Emry Tsitouris 7 2-4 16. Totals 22 8-13 55
Central Academy (4-9)
Paige Finney 0 0-0 0, Amber Isley 8 0-0 20, Alyssa Carbone 5 1-1 13, Rae Moore 1 2-2 4, Brittany Blackburn 0 0-0 0, Hunter Manus 5 0-0 10, Casey Nichols 0 0-2 0, Dezeree McCormick 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 3-7 47.

 

PW^15^17^12^11 - 55
CA^11^12^8^16 - 47
3-pointers: PW 3 (Smith 1, Lathan 1, Brown 1); CA 6 (Isley 4, Carbone 2). Rebounds: PW 39 (Tsitouris 15, Lathan 6, Smith 5); CA 33 (Manus 15, Finney 6). Assists: PW 15 (Tsitouris 4, Coffey 2, Lathan 2, Kat. Millican 2, Brown 2); CA 16 (Moore 4, Nichols 4, Finney 2, Isley 2, McCormick 2). Steals: PW 9 (Smith 3, Tsitouris 3); CA 8 (Nichols 3, Isley 2). Blocks: PW 1 (Tsitouris 1); CA 4 (Manus 2, Finney 1, Carbone 1).

Area conference standings

(Through Jan. 10)

 

Rocky River Conference

Boys

Team^League^Overall

Cuthbertson^4-0^13-1

Piedmont^4-0^12-1

Monroe^2-2^7-3

Forest Hills^2-2^7-6

West Stanly^2-2^5-8

Central Academy^1-3^5-8

North Stanly^1-4^4-10

Union Academy^0-3^0-5

 

Girls

Monroe^4-0^9-1

Forest Hills^4-0^10-3

Cuthbertson^3-1^7-7

North Stanly^2-3^9-5

Piedmont^1-3^5-8

Central Academy^1-3^3-10

Union Academy^0-3^1-4

West Stanly^1-3^5-7

 

Southern Carolina Conference

Boys

Team^League^Overall

Sun Valley^1-0^8-6

Weddington^1-0^8-6

Marvin Ridge^1-0^7-6

Anson County^0-1^6-7

Porter Ridge^0-1^4-9

Parkwood^0-1^1-10

Girls

Weddington^1-0^11-3

Porter Ridge^1-0^9-3

Anson County^1-0^8-3

Parkwood^0-1^9-2

Marvin Ridge^0-1^5-8

Sun Valley^0-1^5-9