West edges Draughn

Feb. 13, 2013 @ 02:42 PM


West Caldwell’s Brittany Dixon, Lexus Corpening and Daryan Dixon-Dula all scored in double figures to lead the Warriors to a 58-50 victory over Draughn on Tuesday in Gamewell.
Dixon scored a game-high 22 points, while Corpening and Dixon-Dula each finished with 17.
“We executed the things we wanted to,” said West head coach Rikki Ogle. “One thing we wanted to do was push the ball. We didn’t do a very good job of that the first time around the conference. Tonight we were better at getting the ball up the floor.”
The Warriors looked like they were going to run away with the game after jumping out to a 20-6 advantage after the first quarter. West opened the game on a 10-2 run led by a Dixon 3-pointer and a three-point play by Corpening. After Draughn cut the deficit to 10-6, the Warriors scored the next 10 points, ending with a two-point basket by Corpening just before time expired.
Both teams got off to a slow start in the second, scoring just four points each through the first half of the quarter. The Wildcats then went on a 7-0 run to cut the West lead to 24-17. Dixon-Dula ended the run with a basket from the post, but two free throws by Kymonah Hall kept the Warriors lead at seven. West held a 26-19 advantage at the half.
In the third quarter, each team scored 11 points. Dixon hit a triple over, but Draughn’s Abby Robinson fired right back with a three of her own. Robinson scored eight of the Wildcats’ 11 points in the quarter. The Warriors were up 41-34 heading into the fourth.
Corpening opened the fourth quarter by scoring West’s first six points of the quarter. However, Courtney Robinson kept Draughn in the game by hitting five of her eight field goal attempts, including a 3-pointer. The Wildcats got the lead down to five with just over one minute to play, but key free throws by Dixon and Dixon-Dula helped secure the win.
Abby Robinson led Draughn with 19 points, while Courtney Robinson added 13.
The game was also Senior Night for West Caldwell. The seniors on the Warriors’ squad are Dixon-Dula, Morgan Bowman and Brandy Soots.
“They (seniors) are going to leave us with some big shoes to fill,” Ogle said. “Daryan, Morgan and Brandy have been in this program for four years. They lead this team with their hearts. They will be hard to replace.”
The Warriors will travel to Newton-Conover on Friday for the regular-season finale. The game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
West Caldwell 58, Draughn 50
Draughn 6-17-11-16 – 50
West Caldwell 20-10-11-17 – 58
DRAUGHN (50): Abby Robinson 19, Courtney Robinson 13, Kymonah Hall 9, Adasia Bradshaw 5, Gabby Burado 2, Leslie Leonard 2, Trevonna Lipscomb 0, Katelyn Rhoney 0.
WEST CALDWELL (58): Brittany Dixon 22, Lexus Corpening 17, Daryan Dixon-Dula 17, Destiny Marley 2, Morgan Bowman 0, Brandy Soots 0, Ashley Webb 0.
The West Caldwell boy’s basketball team proved to be lethal from the behind the arch, hitting 10 3-pointers to help the Warriors win a 65-25 decision over Draughn on Tuesday in Gamewell.
“We had been in a dry spell,” said West head coach Danny Anderson. “We had a lot of guys turning down or taking bad shots. I’m proud of our guys for taking good shots tonight. Our percentage was up today because we were taking better shots.”
Tuesday’s game was Senior Night for the Warriors. All four seniors on the West roster registered points. The four seniors are Kalice Steptoe, Ronnie Vasser-Jenkins, Landon Braswell and Nyles Robinson.
“I’m proud that our seniors got to go out on a good night,” Anderson said. “They all work in hard practice. I think our best is yet to come.”
The Warriors jumped out to a 13-5 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. West dominated the entire game and never trailed. Mekhi Dula set the tone early with a slam-dunk in the opening minutes. A 3-pointer by Deshawn Patterson at the end of the quarter gave West its eight-point lead.
In the second quarter, Steptoe scored seven of his team-high 15 points to help the Warriors get out to a 26-11 lead at the half. Steptoe and TJ Hendrix both hit triples in the quarter.
West came out in the third quarter and knocked three more 3-pointers. Patterson hit one and Hendrix added another two. West led 45-17 heading into the fourth. 
The fourth quarter was more of the same. The Warriors continued to hit their shots, while Draughn did not score more than eight points in any quarter. Hendrix hit his fourth three of the game and Alex Audrey made two triples in the final stanza.
West Caldwell will travel to Newton-Conover on Friday for the regular-season finale at 8 p.m. If the Warriors can defeat Newton-Conover, it will give Anderson 600 wins in his high school coaching career.
West Caldwell 65, Draughn 25
Draughn 5-6-6-8 – 25
West Caldwell 13-13-19-20 – 65
DRAUGHN (25): Rafael Horton 11, Miron Reid 6, Aaron Fusco 4, Alex Monroe 2, Gavin Bortnick 2, Gavin Morton 0, Landon Murray 0, Storm Prewitt 0.
WEST CALDWELL (65): Kalice Steptoe 15, TJ Hendrix 12, Landon Braswell 7, Deshawn Patterson 6, Alex Audrey 6, Mekhi Dula 4, Nyles Robinson 4, Mark Hood 4, Ronnie Vasser-Jenkins 3, Ashton Smith 2, Tre Harper 2, Chase Bowman 0, Tanner Watson 0.