Patriots too much for Hibriten
The undefeated Freedom Patriots proved to be too much as they defeated Hibriten 64-32 on Tuesday in Lenoir.
Freedom asserted its dominance right from the start, jumping out to a 23-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Hibriten took a quick 3-1 lead on a three-point play by Kel Berry, only to see the Patriots score 22 of the next 24 points. Jeron Hemphill scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the quarter for Freedom. Charles Benfield added the other two points for Hibriten.
The Panthers played much better in the second quarter and actually outscored Freedom. Berry provided a spark with six points in the stanza and Carson Poarch added four. Hibriten cut the deficit down to 33-19 at the half.
The Patriots came out in the second half and took full control of the game. Drake Felder scored the first two points of the quarter for Hibriten and Poarch scored the final two for the Panthers. However, Freedom scored all 17 points in between to take a commanding 50-23 advantage.
The final stanza wasn't much better for Hibriten. Hemphill threw down an emphatic dunk and Sam Stephens knocked down two triples to lead Freedom in the fourth. Jon Bolick scored all four of his points in the quarter to lead Hibriten.
Berry led all Hibriten scorers with nine points, while Poarch scored seven and Benfield added six.
Chris Bridges scored 12 points for Freedom, while Kasen Wilson finished with nine and Gabe Logan scored eight.
Hibriten will return to action on Friday when it hosts Patton.
FREEDOM^23 ^10 ^17 ^14—64
HIBRITEN^5 ^14 ^4 ^9—32
Freedom: Jeron Hemphill 22, Chris Bridges 12, Kasen Wilson 9, Gabe Logan 8, Sam Stephens 6, Khris Gardin 3, Austin Butler 2, Ty Hemphill 2, Moore, Wakefield, King. Hibriten: Kel Berry 9, Carson Poarch 7, Charles Benfield 6, Jon Bolick 4, Drake Felder 4, Makaland Thomas 1, Michael Davis 1, Caldwell, Triplett, Keller, Hayes.
FREEDOM 66, HIBRITEN 16
The Hibriten girls' basketball team converted just one field goal in the first half of Tuesday's game and could not recover, resulting in a 66-16 loss to Freedom.
Elexia Logan scored the lone field goal in the first half for the Panthers. Hibriten trailed just 9-4 at the end of the first quarter, but an offensive outburst by Freedom in the second put the Patriots ahead 22-6 at the half. Ariyana Williams scored 15 of her game-high 22 points in the first half.
The second half was no different from the first. Freedom dominated with 19 points in the third and 16 in the fourth. The bright spot for Hibriten was Yaz Witherspoon and Jade Powell coming off the bench to each hit a three pointer in the fourth.
Logan scored a team-high six points to lead Hibriten.
Amy Rhoney scored 12 points for Freedom and Krissy Surratt added 11.
Hibriten will next host Patton on Friday.
FREEDOM^9 ^22 ^19 ^16—66
HIBRITEN^4 ^2 ^4 ^6—16
Freedom: Ariyana Williams 22, Amy Rhoney 12, Krissy Surratt 11, Taylor Gardin 6, Hannah Yamouti 5, Akiqula Mills 4, Tabby Pearson 3, Jade Crump 2, Amaryah Corpening 1, Mathes, Freeman. Hibriten: Elexia Logan 6, Yaz Witherspoon 3, Jade Powell 3, Alex McRary 2, Brittany Morton 2, Church, Cardwell, Warren, Sanders, Powell, Calloway, Harshaw.