Cavaliers take two from Spartans
A short-handed South Caldwell squad fell to East Burke 62-52 Friday night at home.
Despite playing without starting center Lance Minton and starting point guard Jordan Barker as well as reserve center Trevar Soles, the Spartans forged a 26-25 lead at halftime against the Cavaliers, who played without Clay Byrd.
But East Burke surged ahead in the third quarter and used a 3-pointer near the end of the period to push its lead to 47-40. South cut the lead to four a few times in the final stanza but could not get any closer, dropping its third straight game to open the season.
“We had some defensive breakdowns and gave up some easy baskets,” South head coach Lee Swanson said. “We just have to start making some winning plays at the end of games. We need to know how to win these close games.
“We’re going to be a good team. We’ve just played a tough schedule to start the season.”
Jared Mask and Jordyn Propst again led South Caldwell at the offensive end of the floor. Mask dropped in 21 points, and Propst added 14 to lead the way.
East Burke’s Trevor Hyatt led all scorers with 25 points.
South girls fall
South Caldwell’s young girls’ team hung with East Burke for a half, but the Cavaliers had too much and pulled away in the final 16 minutes for 54-34 victory.
The Spartans were within 21-17 at the break but managed only four points in the third quarter as East Burke stretched the advantage to 35-21 and kept building it in the final stanza on the way to the win.
Laurie Arney led all scorers with 19 points for East Burke (3-0), with Bailey Gragg adding 14.
Anna Lee Bollinger and Courtney Wood were in double figures for a second straight game for the Spartans (1-2). Bollinger dropped in 15 points, and Wood tallied 12.
South Caldwell travels to Wilkes Central Monday. Junior varsity games are slated for 4 and 5 p.m., with varsity games scheduled for 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Heritage falls twice
The Heritage Christian School varsity basketball teams fell to Hickory Christian Thursday on the road.
Hickory Christian pulled away from Heritage in the second half of the boys’ game to claim a 61-50 win.
Keagan Pardon led three Knights in double figures with a game-high 18 points. Tyshon Flowers had 14 and Jordan Dillingham 11 for Hickory Christian.
Cameron Kirkman had 15 points and nine assists for Heritage (5-2), with Nicholas Smith chipping in 11 and Elijah Reece 10.
In the girls’ contest Hickory Christian built a 17-point halftime advantage and cruised to a 45-25 triumph.
Yvonne Kordus’ 12 points led the Knights, with Madison Colbert and Laney Sigmon each totaling nine.
Katie Kincaid paced Heritage with nine points. MacKenzie Carroll chipped in six.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL
William Lenoir routed home-standing Hudson 49-8 Thursday in a Northwestern Middle School Conference game to push its record to 9-0.
Trey Brown led the Wildcats with 14 points, with Anderson Keller chipping in 12 and Dawson Walker six.
Trey Brown pulled down seven rebounds, with Jonas Brown adding six boards to go with five steals.
Jamar Ferguson had eight steals and eight assists for the Wildcats.
William Lenoir will host Gamewell Tuesday. Girls’ action starts at 4 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow.
MIDDLE SCHOOL WRESTLING
Granite Falls claimed a 54-36 home win over East Alexander Thursday, improving to 6-3 for the season.
The Blue Demons secured seven of their nine victories by pinfall to dispatch the Falcons.
Winning matches by pin for Granite Falls were Karson Hilton (115 pounds), Caleb Starnes (128), Shane Sebastian (134), Nate Garrison (140), Dillon Worchester (147), Harrison Longano (184) and Colton Kirby (heavyweight)
Erik Rundquist (154) and Teague Kirby (197) picked up wins by forfeit.
Preliminary match winners were Preston Herman (115), Alex Murphy (122) and Matthew Waibel (134).
The Blue Demons wrestle again Tuesday at Hudson.