Piedmont's promising start continues

Panthers now 2-0 against bigger schools
Nov. 28, 2012 @ 06:30 PM

Piedmont High, a 2A school, has opened its boys basketball season with back-to-back wins over 3A schools.
The Panthers improved to 2-0 with a 72-54 road win over Parkwood on Tuesday.
The Panthers had to get some late game heroics to win the season opener against Weddington, but were never challenged by the Rebels. Piedmont jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first 3:22 of the game.
Piedmont pushed the lead to 27 at halftime (43-16).
“We did some good things early and we’ve got a lot of stuff we still need to work on,” said Rudi Heath, Piedmont’s first-year coach. “We’re tickled with two of them (wins).”
Piedmont senior guard Jeremy Anthony led all scorers with 22 points. Anthony, who made three 3-pointers and 7-of-9 attempts at the foul line, also had six rebounds and two steals.
Senior forward Brady Meggs also had a big night for the Panthers, finishing with 19 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.
Sophomore forward Cameron Tripp added 12 points and five boards.
Tripp and Anthony are averaging a team-high 15 points each, while Meggs is at 13.5.
“That’s the way we’re designed,” Heath said of the balance. “We’re designed to take what the defense gives us. If you try to take something away then hopefully we have some more weapons. We feel like we do. We feel like we have five guys that can score and we put them out on the floor. We can come at you a lot of different ways.”
Parkwood was led by sophomore guard Kenan Turpin, who made three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points.
Piedmont is hosting 4A Sun Valley on Friday; the Rebels are at Charlotte Country Day next  Wednesday.

Cards cruise in opener
MONROE — Union Academy opened its girls basketball season with a 59-14 home win over Kennedy Charter on Tuesday.
Junior guard Savannah Fox, a transfer from Piedmont, led all scorers with 18 points and also had eight steals and six assists.
Sophomore guard Sierra Lunn also outscored the visiting team by herself. She had 15 points, four steals and three assists.
Freshman forward Chase Helms and sophomore center Cara McNulty controlled the paint. Helms finished with eight points and nine rebounds while McNulty had eight points and eight boards.
Union Academy has no seniors, and Fox is the only junior.

Tuesday’s box scores
Piedmont boys 72, Parkwood 54

Piedmont (2-0)
Qualen Blakeney 2 2-2 6, Jeremy Anthony 6 7-9 22, Cameron Tripp 6 0-0 12, Eli Hyatt 1 3-4 5, Brady Meggs 7 5-9 19, Tanner Stringer 1 2-2 4, Austin Harding 1 0-0 2, Jaden Funderburk 0 0-2 0, Tyler Ivey 0 0-0 0, Jordan Gibson 0 0-0 0, Andrew Wood 0 0-0 0, Brandon Crotts 1 0-0 2, Jack Gamble 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 19-28 72

Parkwood (0-2)
Sam Mobley 2 0-2 5, Ryan McManus 0 0-0 0, James Houston 1 0-0 2, Max Robinson 3 2-8 8, Matt Williams 2 0-0 4, Joey Ludlow 1 0-0 2, Terrell Williams 1 0-0 3, Grey Wyrick 0 0-0 0, Kenan Turpin 7 2-2 19, Victor Thompson 3 0-0 6, Keelyn Lee 1 2-4 5, Jared Myers 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 6-16 54

Piedmont^22^21^16^13 - 72
Parkwood^11^15^14^14 - 54

3-pointers: Piedmont 3 (Anthony 3); Parkwood 6 (Turpin 3, Mobley 1, T. Williams 1, Lee 1). Rebounds: PM 39 (Meggs 12, Hyatt 6, Anthony 6, Tripp 5); PW 30 (Houston 9, Thompson 7). Assists: PM 12 (Blakeney 6, Tripp 2, Hyatt 2); PW 12 (Robinson 3, T. Williams 2, Mobley 2). Steals: PM 14 (Hyatt 4, Tripp 3, Blakeney 2, Anthony 2); PW 9 (Robinson 5). Blocks: PM 4 (Meggs 2, Hyatt 1, Tripp 1); PW 0.
Parkwood girls 71, Piedmont 38

Piedmont (0-2)
Maddi Morton 0 0-0 0, Brooke Kelly 0 0-1 0, Megan Shew 0 0-0 0, Jessie Purser 2 2-2 6, Ashley Wilson 0 0-0 0, Natalie Harris 3 0-0 6, Sam Boling 1 1-5 3, Jessica Prince 2 0-0 5, Abbey Mills 1 1-4 4, Meg Widener 2 2-3 7, Jaee Roseborough 0 0-0 0, Jacquelyn Price 2 2-4 6, Sarah Wylie 0 1-4 1. Totals 13 9-23 38.

Parkwood (2-0)
Maggie Smith 5 2-5 15, Kacey Millican 1 2-2 5, Lillian Geerhing 1 5-8 8, Katie Millican 0 3-4 3, Karley Millican 0 0-0 0, Lauren Brown 5 7-8 19, Savannah Hargett 0 1-4 1, Emry Tsitouris 4 12-15 20. Totals 16 32-47 71.

Piedmont^5^5^13^15 - 38
Parkwood^17^21^13^20 - 71

3-pointers: PM 3 (Prince, Mills, Widener); PW 7 (Smith 3, Brown 2, Kac. Millican 1, Geerhing 1). Rebounds: PM 44 (Widener 8, Boling 8, Harris 7); PW 40 (Tsitouris 14, Kat. Millican 10, Smith 5). Assists: PM 8 (Mills 5); PW 13 (Geerhing 6, Brown 3). Steals: PM 8 (Boling 2, Prince 2, Mills 2); PW 14 (Smith 5, Geerhing 3, Brown 3, Tsitouris 2). Blocks: PM 2 (Harris, Wylie); PW 0.