Jackets look like a contender

Forest Hills blasts North Stanly by 52 in league opener
Dec. 08, 2012 @ 03:35 PM

The top half of the Rocky River Conference has a combined record of 14-0 in boys basketball, and seven of those wins have been against schools from a higher classification.

Early indications suggest the RRC is up, and it should make for an interesting season.

Forest Hills opened league play impressively on Friday, overwhelming North Stanly by 52 points (93-41).

The Yellow Jackets (3-0) are athletic, deep and playing with a lot of energy under first-year coach Matt Sides.

Sides likes to trap in the backcourt, speed the game up and then sub five fresh players. If you can't deal with it, you get blown out.

Cuthbertson can deal with it, so it will be interesting to see if Sides uses the same approach when they meet in the coming months.

The Jackets have enough talent to challenge Cuthbertson for the conference championship. Monroe and Piedmont are contenders as well.


Simply the best

Even if others have improved, the Cavaliers remain the class of the league and the clear-cut favorite to win the 2A state championship.

The Cavs are 6-0 on the season after Friday's 78-24 win over Union Academy, and have won 18 straight games against league opponents dating back to 2011.

Winning is a habit for Cuthbertson, which is now 37-2 since the start of last year, but it isn't a given against any of the other top-four teams in the RRC.

While Cuthbertson and Forest Hills like to get up and down the court, Monroe and Piedmont play much more methodically.

The Redhawks, who open up at home against Sun Valley on Monday, were successful at getting their pace against the Cavs last season.

Cuthbertson beat Monroe three times last year, but the first game was decided by two points (52-50) and the second game by four points (58-54).

Piedmont also came within an eyelash of upsetting the Cavs (72-71) last season.

The Panthers are 5-0 and look significantly improved, but cracking the top three in the league will still be challenging.

Spartans rebounding

After an 0-2 start, Sun Valley has won four of five games to get above .500 for the season (4-3).

The Spartans defeated Rocky River, 49-46, on the road Friday for their third straight victory.

Sun Valley swept the season series against Rocky River. Neither team got out of the 40s in either matchup; SV rallied for a 45-42 home win over Rocky River on Nov. 28.

Sun Valley's Kendall Ratliff, a 6-5 senior forward, scored 14 points in Friday's win, Isaiah Blanchett had 10 and Jimmy Hudgens eight.

The Spartans were hit hard by graduation, but should contend for the Southern Carolina Conference title.

The Spartans play three times over the next four days. After traveling to Monroe on Monday, Sun Valley hosts Providence on Tuesday and Piedmont on Thursday.

 
Friday's late box scores

Forest Hills boys 93, North Stanly 41

  North Stanly (2-4)

Jordan Parnell 1 0-0 3, Dylan Black 0 0-0 0, Tyler Burris 1 0-0 3, Luke Gibson 1 2-2 5, Stephen Misenheimer 0 1-3 1, Trevor Davis 0 0-0 0, Tzaddi Sylvester 2 3-9 7, TJ Smith 0 4-6 4, Eli Greene 4 2-5 10, Jarvis Little 2 0-0 6, Dangelo Reid 0 2-5 2, Cedric Hinson 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 14-30 41

  Forest Hills (3-0)

Rashad Gibson 7 2-2 16, Austin Perkins 1 0-0 2, Trae Harrell 0 0-0 0, Terrance Huntley 1 0-0 3, Dexter Barrett 3 0-0 6, Roderick Poag 7 1-2 15, Kalief Harrison 3 2-4 8, Tyler White 1 0-0 3, Jarvis Wilson 4 0-0 9, Jordan Blakeney 5 0-0 10, Zaceheus Rorie 7 5-7 19, Kendryk Barrino 0 0-2 0, Chris Glidewell 1 0-2 2. Totals 40 10-19 93

  NS 2 13 14 12 - 41

FH 23 26 16 28 - 93

  3-pointers: NS 5 (Little 2, Gibson 1, Burris 1, Parnell 1); FH 3 (Huntley 1, White 1, Wilson 1). Rebounds: NS 32 (Sylvester 9, Smith 5); FH 58 (Rorie 11, Barrett 10, Poag 8, Harrison 5, Wilson 5, Glidewell 5). Assists: NS 8 (Gibson 3, Reid 2); FH 21 (Perkins 4, Huntley 4, Blakeney 4, Rorie 3, Gibson 2, Harrison 2). Steals: NS 9 (Reid 2, Greene 2, Burris 2); FH 31 (Huntley 5, Poag 4, Perkins 3, White 3, Wilson 3, Blakeney 3, Rorie 3). Blocks: NS 4 (Burris 2, Sylvester 1, Little 1); FH 3 (Poag 2, Barrino 1).


Forest Hills girls 48, North Stanly 29

  North Stanly (4-2)

Jenna Huff 0 2-3 2, Dana Beadle 0 3-6 3, Gentry Grubb 3 0-0 7, Abby Esperman 0 0-2 0, Alexis Poolos 1 0-0 2, Jenni Speight 2 0-0 5, Hailey Chandler 0 0-0 0, Aaliyah Scott 1 3-4 5, Jackie Poolos 2 0-2 4, Melissa Vint 0 1-2 1. Totals 9 9-19 29

  Forest Hills (3-0)

Tonjai Everett 5 1-4 11, Tariah Harrell 1 0-1 3, Heather Horne 0 0-0 0, Zanec Bivens 0 0-2 0, Shay Bivens 8 1-3 20, Jayla Cole 0 2-4 2, Natalie Smith 0 0-0 0, Onyx Burns 1 1-3 3, Toynika Hailey 2 3-4 7, Shuntel Kirkland 1 0-0 2, Diana Mapuoletuli 0 0-0 0, Kimberly Rivers 0 0-0 0, Asia Raley 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 8-21 48

  NS 7 4 7 11 - 29

FH 7 16 8 17 - 48

  3-pointers: NS 2 (Grubb 1, Speight 1); FH 4 (S. Bivens 3, Harrell 1). Rebounds: NS 37 (Beadle 9, A. Poolos 7, Speight 5); FH 50 (Burns 11, Everett 9, Hailey 7, Smith 6, S. Bivens 5). Assists: NS 4; FH 12 (Everett 7). Steals: NS 8 (Speight 3, Grubb 2); FH 15 (S. Bivens 6, Everett 3, Hailey 2). Blocks: NS 4 (A. Poolos 2, Scott 1, J. Poolos 1); FH 2 (Burns 1, Hailey 1).