Mitchell's career-high 38 lead Cavs over FH

CHS now 5-0 in league after 19-point win over Jackets
Jan. 12, 2013 @ 05:07 PM

Cuthbertson High's boys basketball team continued its dominance in the Rocky River Conference with a 91-72 home win over Forest Hills on Friday.

The Cavaliers, who improved to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the league, haven't lost a RRC contest since Jan. 28, 2011 (Forest Hills).

CHS went 16-0 in league play last season. Since the school opened in 2009, the Cavs are a combined 44-9 within the conference.

"Last year the advantage we had is we were the more experienced team," said CHS coach Mike Helms. "Now teams like Monroe, Piedmont and Forest Hills have that experience under their belt, so it's going to be a lot tougher to get through the conference this season."

After pulling out a 64-63 win over Monroe on Jan. 4, the Cavaliers have responded with a pair of lopsided victories over Central Academy (77-28) and Forest Hills.

Cuthbertson jumped out to a 13-0 lead against the Jackets on Friday and held a 28-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.

"That was definitely our best start of the season," said Helms of Friday's first quarter. "I think the last few games we've been a little more consistent defensively. In close games it's important to get a stop and that's our mindset all the time."

Cuthbertson's Shelton Mitchell, a junior point guard who committed to Wake Forest last week, scored a career-high 38 points on Friday.

Mitchell scored 21 points in the second half to help his team pull away.

"We thought (Friday) would be more of an open court game, which plays more to Shelton's abilities," said Helms. "When it's uptempo like that it's hard to keep him away from the rim. It's a game he's going to be pretty good in."

Senior forward Isaiah Cureton added 23 points for the Cavs, while seniors Jorden Hardrick-Givens and Zach Chitwood added seven each.

Forest Hills got a standout performance from senior forward Kalief Harrison, who finished with a team-high 28 points, including 17 in the second half.

"Harrison really finished well," said Helms. "He was creating a lot of matchup problems for us."

Sophomore guard Terrance Huntley scored 15 points for the Jackets and senior forward Roderick Poag had 10.

The game was marred by four combined technicals between the two teams.

Cuthbertson returns to action next Friday at home against West Stanly.

The Jackets are off until Jan. 22, when they travel to archrival Monroe.