Pirates, Warriors meet in critical SCC game
Porter Ridge’s girls control their own destiny en rout to the Southern Carolina Conference title, and the biggest remaining hurdle is at Weddington tonight.
The first-place Pirates (15-3, 6-0 SCC) lead the Warriors by a game in the standings. So a win tonight would give Porter Ridge a two-game advantage with just three games to play within the league, but a loss would create a first-place tie.
The Pirates topped Weddington (16-4, 5-1 SCC) 47-41 at home in their first meeting on Jan. 22.
Both teams feature a pair of double-digit scorers.
WHS sophomore guard Stephanie Watts shares the Union County lead in points per game (20.1) with Parkwood junior forward Emry Tsitouris.
Watts is one of the top recruits in the state even though she’s only in the 10th grade. She received a full scholarship offer from Maryland on Monday, according to WHS coach Ryun Cook, and also has offers from Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Charlotte and East Carolina.
Watts has a capable scorer to help take the pressure off her.
Bailee Carter, a junior forward, scored a career-high 36 points in last Tuesday’s win over Sun Valley. Carter ranks second on the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg.
Porter Ridge relies heavily on a pair of four-year starters: guard Jasmine Huntley (14.3 ppg) and forward Jada Huntley (11.6 ppg).
Five girls players in UC average better than 10 rebounds per game.
Tsitouris leads the county at 15.4 rpg, including a career-high 25 in a win over Country Day on Dec. 5.
Cuthbertson junior Morgan Carlson (11.8 rpg) ranks second in the county, followed by Central Academy senior Hunter Manus (11.1), Monroe sophomore Zasha Barrett (10.8) and Porter Ridge senior Justice McKinney (10.1).
Carlson, Barrett and Watts are the only other players in the county with a 20-plus rebound game this season.
Watts ranks sixth in the county at 9.9 rebounds per contest.
Odds and ends ......Porter Ridge has three players averaging more than three steals per game, including Jasmine Huntley (4.3), Kara Cunningham (3.8) and Jada Huntley (3.1).
... Forest Hills junior guard Tonjai Everett leads UC in steals (6.5) and assists (5.1) per game. She also ranks fourth in scoring (18.7 ppg).
... Everett and Jackets junior guard Shay Bivens (14.6 ppg) are the top scoring duo in the county at 33.3 points per game.
Area conference standings
(Through Feb. 4)
Rocky River Conference
Southern Carolina ConferenceBoys
Porter Ridge at Weddington
Parkwood at Sun Valley
Forest Hills at Piedmont
Central Academy at Cuthbertson
North Stanly at Monroe
West Stanly at Union Academy
Marvin Ridge at Anson County
Union Academy at Cuthbertson
Central Academy at Forest Hills
Monroe at West Stanly
Parkwood at Marvin Ridge
Cuthbertson at Forest Hills
Sun Valley at Weddington
Monroe at Union Academy
North Stanly at Central Academy
Porter Ridge at Anson County
Piedmont at West Stanly