Spartans pull away from Patton
Three Lady Spartans scored in double figures to lift South Caldwell to a 60-45 victory over the visiting Patton Panthers on Friday in Sawmills.
"I was real proud of our effort tonight," South head coach Jeff Parham said. "It was good team win because everybody needed to contribute. I thought our bench came in and gave us some good minutes."
Courtney Wood scored a game-high 20 points for the Spartans, while Anna Lee Bollinger was just behind Wood with 19 points. Caleigh Raby scored 10 in the win.
With the win, South Caldwell is now 2-0 in Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play and 8-3 overall.
"That's what you play for," Parham said of second conference win of the season. "We got a big one coming up on Tuesday with Hickory, probably for first place. We'll have to shoot the ball well to have a chance against Hickory."
South Caldwell got off to a slow start, trailing 13-10 after the first quarter. Patton knocked down three triples to take the lead, two of which came from Ansley Rooks.
However, the Spartans' offense got into a rhythm in the second quarter, scoring 17 points. Raby hit two three pointers, while Bollinger hit another. South held a five-point lead until Savannah Putnam hit a three at the buzzer to cut the Spartans' lead to 27-25.
Wood took control of the game in the third quarter, scoring eight of South Caldwell's 14 points. The Spartans went into the fourth with a 41-35 advantage.
In the fourth quarter, it was Bollinger's turn to control the game. She added eight points in the final stanza, including her second three of the game. Sydney Lockhart also knocked down a three to help the Spartans pull away.
South Caldwell will hit the road on Tuesday as the Spartans travel to Hickory.
PATTON^13 ^12 ^10 ^10—45
SOUTH CALDWELL^10 ^17 ^14 ^19—60
Patton: Malarie Tallent 13, Ansley Rooks 11, Lindsey Adams 7, Taylor Chapman 6, Savannah Putnam 6, Abby Bauer 2, Katie LeCroy, Caitlin Lynn. South Caldwell: Courtney Wood 20, Anna Lee Bollinger 19, Caleigh Raby 10, Mikayla Everhart 6, Sydney Lockhart 3, Marissa McMurry 2, Blake Gosnell, Lacey Annas, Natalie Parham.
PATTON 80, SOUTH CALDWELL 65
South Caldwell's Trent Wakefield scored a game-high 34 points, but it wasn't enough as Patton used a strong second half to defeat the Spartans 80-65 on Friday in Sawmills.
Wakefield opened the game by scoring South Caldwell's first eight points to give the Spartans an early 8-4 lead. But Patton's Rafeal Horton scored nine points off the bench in the first quarter to help give the Panthers a 20-13 lead after one.
In the second quarter, the Spartans used strong free throw shooting to take a 31-30 lead at the half. Prior to Friday's game, South had struggled mightily from the charity stripe. However, the Spartans went 8-9 in the second quarter.
The second half was all Patton. The Panthers scored 50 points in the second half and the Spartans had no answer. It was Patton who took advantage when South got into foul trouble. The Spartans committed more than 10 fouls in the third quarter alone. Patton shot 24 free throws in the second half.
South Caldwell will next travel to Hickory on Tuesday.
PATTON^20 ^10 ^24 ^26—80
SOUTH CALDWELL^13 ^18 ^15 ^19—65
Patton: Jevon Morris 16, Ethan Roper 13, Dax Bostian 12, Rafeal Horton 11, Tyriq Ervin 8, Isaiah Williams 7, Josh Espinoza 6, Christian McElven 5, Ben Johnson 2, Mitch Brown, Collins Hamer, Zach Storie. South Caldwell: Trent Wakefield 34, Jacob Raby 7, Trevar Soles 6, Jordan Greene 4, Will Rice 4, Dalton Manning 4, Nate Wingate 3, Josh Brackett 2, Joe Wohala 1, Coleman Weaver, Kameron Kincaid, Drew Cox, Jensen Weaver, JC Byland, Mason Hughes.