Cavs crush Piedmont, claim crown

CHS boys win second straight RRC title
Feb. 16, 2013 @ 07:04 PM

Cuthbertson High's boys basketball team won its second straight Rocky River Conference regular season title with a dominating 75-40 home win over Piedmont Friday.
The Cavaliers (22-2 overall) finished 13-1 in league play with their only loss coming to Monroe (52-50) on Feb. 1.
"We opened this school four years ago and these seniors were freshmen, so we've been building towards this opportunity," said Cavs coach Mike Helms. "We got there last year, but it's been tougher this season. The teams are better in our conference and we had a couple nagging injuries, but the teams you play don't care. They just want to beat you, so you have to find a way."
Since the start of the 2011-12 season, the Cavaliers have a 53-4 record, including a 27-1 mark within the RRC.
Cuthbertson advanced to the 2A state championship last year before dropping a 58-55 decision to Kinston.
"This year's been really great," said senior Jorden Hardrick. "We know this is our last year to go all out and we really want to make the same run we had last year. We have everybody back and some new additions (Justin Austin), so we're really just trying to get everybody together, work as hard as we can and get ready for the playoffs."
The Cavs had no trouble knocking off the Panthers on Friday, and they did it without their leading scorer.
Shelton Mitchell, a junior point guard who has committed to Wake Forest and averages 21.1 points per game, missed his fourth game while recovering from a knee injury.
"We had his knee looked at last Saturday and they recommended two weeks, and we're going to go two weeks," said Helms. "I talked with Shelton (Thursday) and we made the decision that if we won (Friday), he definitely wouldn't play in the conference tournament because we don't have anything to gain as far as the playoff seeding. We still want to win it, but we've already locked up the No. 1 seed for the playoffs."
With Mitchell out, several Cavs contributed on Friday.
Hardrick scored a season-high 14 points and also grabbed seven rebounds while senior Justin Austin finished with 12 points off the bench.
Senior Cornelius Stradford chipped in with 11 points and five other seniors scored at least six, including Isaiah Cureton (9), Emmitt Afam (8), Zach Chitwood (7), Lucius McMillon (6) and Bobby Barnes (6).
"Shelton gets so much attention, but I've got 12 guys that think we're a pretty good team even when he's not on the court," said Helms. "I think (Friday) was a pretty good night for them to showcase that we're pretty good anyway."
Cuthbertson had four dunks on the night, including two by Cureton and one each by Afam and Stradford.
The Cavaliers recorded 15 steals, including four apiece by Cureton and Chitwood.
"I think Senior Night is going to create energy and we have nine seniors, and all but one of them have been there from the get-go," said Helms. "We won that game with our defense and so much of our offense came from that. We wanted to keep it at a fast pace."
Cuthbertson plays Union Academy in the first round of the Rocky River Conference tournament at Monroe High on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Cavs won their two regular season meetings with the Cardinals by an average of 53.5 points per game.

Friday's box scores
Cuthbertson boys 75, Piedmont 40
Piedmont (19-4, 11-3 RRC)
Qualen Blakeney 4 1-2 10, Jeremy Anthony 2 0-0 5, Cameron Tripp 3 3-5 9, Eli Hyatt 0 0-0 0, Brady Meggs 3 1-4 7, LJ Pettiway 0 0-0 0, Austin Harding 1 0-0 3, Jack Gamble 1 0-0 2, Andrew Wood 1 0-0 2, Tanner Stringer 1 0-0 2, Brandon Crotts 0 0-0 0, Tyler Ivey 0 0-0 0, Jordan Gibson 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 5-11 40.

Cuthbertson (22-2, 13-1 RRC)
Emmitt Afam 3 2-4 8, Zach Chitwood 2 2-2 7, Jorden Hardrick 7 0-0 14, Lucius McMillon 2 2-2 6, Isaiah Cureton 4 1-1 9, Justin Austin 4 3-4 12, Cornelius Stradford 4 3-4 11, Bobby Barnes 1 4-6 6, Anthony Pandoli 0 0-1 0. Totals 28 17-24 75.

Piedmont^10^14^12^4  -  40
Cuthbertson^16^16^29^14  -  75

3-pointers: Piedmont 3 (Blakeney 1, Anthony 1, Harding 1); CHS 2 (Chitwood 1, Austin 1). Rebounds: Piedmont 28 (Tripp 5, Hyatt 5); CHS 29 (Cureton 10, Hardrick 7, McMillon 4). Assists: Piedmont 6 (Blakeney 2); CHS 12 (Cureton 4, Hardrick 2, Afam 2). Steals: Piedmont 6 (Tripp 2, Harding 2); CHS 15 (Chitwood 4, Cureton 4, Afam 3, Hardrick 2). Blocks: Piedmont 5 (Tripp 2); CHS 1 (Cureton).

Cuthbertson girls 55, Piedmont 41
Piedmont (8-16, 6-8 RRC)
Jessica Prince 4 0-2 10, Abbey Mills 3 1-4 7, Megan Widener 2 0-0 4, Jackie Price 4 2-3 10, Sarah Wylie 2 1-2 5, Jessica Purser 1 0-2 2, Sam Boling 0 1-5 1, Maddie Morton 1 0-0 2, Ashley Wilson 0 0-0 0, Natalie Harris 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 5-18 41.

Cuthbertson (15-9, 11-3 RRC)
Taylor Helms 5 2-4 16, Toni Clark 0 0-0 0, Kathleen Cashman 2 0-0 4, Tyneshia Walker 0 0-0 0, Morgan Carlson 7 1-2 15, Brianna Ingram 1 0-1 2, Mara Arnold 4 0-0 12, Deja Burks 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 3-7 55.

Piedmont^12^12^9^8  -  41
Cuthbertson^15^14^14^12  -  55

3-pointers: Piedmont 2 (Prince 2); CHS 8 (Helms 4, Arnold 4). Rebounds: Piedmont 34 (Mills 7, Price 6, Widener 5); CHS 37 (Carlson 16, Helms 7, Burks 7). Assists: Piedmont 9 (Mills 5); CHS 16 (Helms 7, Arnold 5). Steals: Piedmont 12 (Prince 4, Mills 4, Widener 3); CHS 6 (Arnold 4). Blocks: Piedmont 1 (Price); CHS 5 (Carlson 4).