West, Hibriten meet for second time on hardwood
West Caldwell and Hibriten will do battle on the hardwood for the second time in a week when the teams collide tonight, this time on the Panthers’ home floor.
West won the boys’ and girls’ matchups at home a week ago when the schools met in Gamewell. They’ll shift locations tonight for the hoops version of “Black and Blue.”
In the boys’ contest, the Warriors will be seeking a 4-0 start to the season. So far, head coach Danny Anderson’s squad has a win over Hibriten and a pair over South Caldwell, their other longtime county rival, in his return to the bench after a one-season hiatus.
West struggled early against South in a matchup earlier this week, falling behind 13-2 before battling back to claim a 55-47 win behind 12 points each from Mekhi Dula and Kalice Steptoe, and solid production from its reserves
Hibriten also is coming off a win, defeating Patton 63-56 Tuesday, led by Kel Berry, Mike Davis and Mansa Hunt. Head coach Roger Burgess’ Panthers are 2-1 this season, but that loss was by a 71-41 margin in last week’s first meeting with West Caldwell.
Dula had 20 points in that West win, and at 13 points a game is one of three Warriors averaging double digits along with Steptoe (12.3) and Deshawn Patterson (11.3). West also has received solid production from its bench. Warrior reserves have been contributing 18 points a game so far.
Berry (12.3), Davis (10.3), Hunt and Drake Felder have paced the Panthers.
On the girls’ side, West Caldwell (2-1) will be looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season while Hibriten (0-3) is in search of its first win.
Rikki Ogle’s Warriors dropped 49-37 decision to South Caldwell Tuesday, while Hibriten was beaten soundly by Patton 82-47.
West won last week’s game by a 59-54 margin, paced by 23 points from Lexus Corpening, 16 from Daryan Dixon-Dula and 12 from Brittany Dixon, who leads the Warriors in scoring at 18.3 points a game. Dixon-Dula missed Tuesday’s loss to South. She and Corpening also are scoring in double figures for West.
Hibriten has been paced by Keisha Corpening’s 15.7 points a game and Courtney Morton, averaging 8 per contest for Monte Simmons’ Panthers.
While West and Hibriten square off in Lenoir, South Caldwell will welcome East Burke to Sawmills.
South’s boys have gone toe-to-toe with West Caldwell in their first two games only to fall short each time. They’ll be trying to avoid an 0-3 start when they host the Cavaliers.
Jordyn Propst and Jared Mask have been the catalysts early for head coach Lee Swanson’s Spartans. Propst is averaging 18.5 points a game, and Mask is chipping in 14.5, while Trent Wakefield has been giving South some solid play off the bench.
South’s girls’ team bounced back from a 20-point season-opening loss to West Caldwell to defeat the Warriors in their matchup earlier this week. Anna Lee Bollinger, slowed in the opener, broke loose for 19 points in the win, while Lindsey Potter added 13 with a solid overall effort. Courtney Wood also had a double-double in that victory, which helped the Spartans even their mark at 1-1.
Jeff Parham’s youthful Spartans also displayed some gritty defense in their win over West, keyed by the efforts of Blake Gosnell and Caleigh Raby, who harassed West’s Dixon into a poor shooting performance after she dropped in six 3-pointers and went for 31 points in the opener a week earlier.
County grapplers return to the mats today and Saturday with all three schools in action.
West Caldwell travels to Olin for a match at North Iredell High School today.
The squads from Hibriten and South Caldwell will be in action Saturday when they participate in the Patriot Invitational at Freedom High School in Morganton.