STAFF PMOTO BY OOUC HUTTt*
WEST HRL WSW/CK'S CATHERINE BELL drives to the hoop during last week's game against
Dillon, SC. Hell scored nine points and the Ixtdy Trojans H on 49-42.
Lady Trojans Dump Dillon 49-42
in IHH (i Rl'TTK.R
Tiktla Morgan scored eight points
in the fourth quarter as the West
Brunswick girls' basketball team
rallied to heat Dillon (S.C.) 4^-42
last Tuesday in Shallottc.
The Lady Tmians trailed most of
the game and were losing 42-38
with 3:55 to play before turning
around and scoring the final 1 1
points of the game.
"1 thought we played very well in
the second half." West Brunswick
Coach Brenda Council said. "The
first half we got out of our game
plan and didn't play well at all."
Dillon jumped out to a 10-2 lead
and led 12-7 after one quarter be
hind the sharp shooting of Julie
Childers. who made two three-point
ers and scored eight points in the
West Brunswick's Pam Delrie
scored with 4:4Q to play in the sec
ond quarter to give the Lady Trojans
a 16-14 lead, but it quickly disap
Dillon scored the next six points
to take a 20- lb lead. The Lady
Trojans ued the game at 20-20 on a
Doris Daniels tree throw with seven
seconds to play in the half.
But Childers knocked down her
third three-pointer of the half with
two seconds remaining to give the
Lady Wildcats a 23-20 lead at inter
Dillon went up 30-24 early in the
third quarter, prompting West Bruns
wick to go into a press defense.
The Lady Wildcats still led 35-31
after three quarters and were cling
ing to a 42-38 advantage midway
through the fourth quarter when
West Brunswick took over.
The Lady Trojans scored the next
11 points and held Dillon scoreless
in the final 3:55.
Catherine Bell, who scored all
nine of her points in the second half,
gave the Lady Trojans the lead for
gixxl witli 2:14 lo play.
Other West Brunswick scorers in
cluded Monica King with 10 points,
Morgan with 10 and Dctric with
Danielle Graves led Dillon scor
ers with 15 points. Childers made
lour three-pointers and finished with
14 points for the Lady Wildcats.
In its season opener Dec. 10, Wcsl
Brunswick heat the 4-A Lady
Wildcats 41-38 at Dillon, despite
shooting threc-of-14 from the free
West Brunswick made 12 of 19
foul shots last week, and made nine
free throws in the final quarter.
"1 think we're going to be com
petitive, but we still have a long way
to go," Council said following the
Last week's non-conference win
improved the Lady Trojans' record
to 2-0 going into the Christmas
The West Brunswick girls return
to action this weekend when they
compete in the East Duplin Invita
Score By Quarters
Dillon 12 II 12 7?42
West Brunswick 7 13 11 18?19
Dillon scoring: Graves, 15;
Childcrs, 14; McCall, 5; Benjamin,
5; Baker, 3.
West Brunswick scoring: Morgan,
10; King, 10; Bell. 9; Dctrie, 8; Hill,
6; Morris, 5; Daniels, 1.
SOUTH GIRLS ARE 4-1
Cougars Enter Holidays Undefeated
RY DOUG RUTTER
Coach Gene Doane and his South Brunswick boys'
basketball team entered this week's UCB Tournament at
UNC-Wilmington sporting a perfect 5-0 record.
The Cougars have dominated most of their opponents,
winning their first five games by an average of 30
South has manhandled 1-A schools Topsail and
Acme-Delco twice each this season,
and knocked off 4-A Hoggard 71-62
on the road.
But Doane said the defending
Waccamaw 2-A Conference champi
ons have only played "so-so" through
the first three weeks of the season.
"We've got a long way to go," he
said. "We've won, but I haven't been
happy with the way we've done it."
Doane said South Brunswick needs
to improve its defense, rebounding, free throw shooting
and get better play from the bench.
"A> lar as the wins we've done alright, but that some
times is a two-way mirror," he said. "You look good on
one side but sometimes you're not as good as you look."
South 's Preston McGriff, the 6-foot- 1 1 -inch center,
lias played well thus far despite being double- and triple
teamed inside, Doane said.
"He's played as well as you'd want the kid to play,"
he said. "He's a man playing with boys now, not a boy
playing with boys."
McGriff is averaging 20 points a game, while point
guard Josh White is scoring 17.6 points a game from the
South's first opponent in the UCB Tournament is
Athens Drive, a 4-A school from Raleigh. They play to
day (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m.
The South Brunswick girls' team
has opened the season 4-1 and is
playing this week in the North-South
Challenge at West Columbus.
South was scheduled to play 4-A
Chester (S.C.) High School in its first
game of the tournament today
(Thursday) at 4 p.m.
Other teams in the tournament arc
Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.),
Bladenboro, Tabor City, Pumell Sweatt and host West
Coach Mike Iscnberg said the Lady Cougars have
played "pretty well" through the first five games.
The team has twice beaten a pair of 1-A schools,
Acme-Delco and Topsail, and lost to 4-A Hoggard.
"We need to play some teams on our level to really
see how we're doing," Iscnberg said.
" We've won , but I
haven t been happy
with the way we've
? Coach Gene Doane
DILLON TOPS TROJANS IN OVERTIME
West Loses Both Gomes
At Gatortown Shootout
BY DOUG RUTI'KK
West Brunswick's hoys' basket
ball learn dropped both of its games
at the Gatortown Shootout Classic in
Gainesville, Fla., alter losing an
overtime thriller to Dillon (S.C.) last
In Florida, the Trojans lost their
first game to Kibault (Ma.) 83-54
and lost their consolation game to
Columbia High of Lake City. Fla..
"It's back to the drawing board."
Coach Billy Minis saul Monday fol
lowing the trip. "We've got a lot ol
work to gel done."
Loiinie Mitchell led West Bruns
wick in both tournament games,
scoring 16 points against Kibault
and 1 1 against Columbia. Adam
Johnson also scored nine in the sec
Ribaull, ranked seventh in the 3
A ranks in Florida, went on to win
the tournament. "I don't think we're
going to play a team all year that
good until we gel to the playoffs,"
Minis said West Brunswick could
have beaten Columbia. The Trojans
were only trailing by two points at
halllimc, but Columbia oulscorcd
West 18-4 to start the second half.
Mims said the Trojans will start
working hard after Christmas to pre
pare for their Jan. 3 game against
Wallace-Rose Hill and Waccamaw
2-A Conference play which starts
On the bright side, Mims said se
nior Jerry Reeves received high
marks ai the tournament from an as
sistant coach at Southern Union
State Junior College in Alabama.
Mims said the coach liked the
way Reeves ran the lloor and re
bounded. "II something comes out
of lhal, die trip will have been well
worth it," he said.
Dillon Wins In OT
Mickey Graves' free throw with
26 scconds left in overtime provided
the margin of victory as Dillon won
69-68 and spoiled the Trojans' home
opener last Tuesday.
"We should have won the game,"
Mims said. "We lost to a good team,
but we had every op|Ktruinily lo win
Reeves scored 15 points and
Myron Stevenson chipped in 14 to
lead the Trojans.
Dillon's Cedric McRae led all
scorers with 20 points. Roderick
Singleton added 15 for the 4- A
West Brunswick look a 6-4 lead
in the opening minutes of the game
before Dillon went on a 9-0 run.
McRae punctuated the run when
he hit a three-pointer with 2:35 left
in the first quarter.
The Trojans battled back and
were trailing 15-14 with just over a
minute to play in the quarter.
However, Dillon extended the
lead to 20-14 when Singleton nailed
a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Singleton hit another three-point
er and Ramond Williams scored all
five of his points in the second quar
ter as the WildcaLs increased their
lead to eight points at halllimc.
Dillon led 46-39 after three quar
ters and had a 53-43 lead two min
utes into the fourth quarter when
West Brunswick turned up the de
fensive intensity and stole momen
tum from the Wildcats.
The Trojans scored eight unan
swered points in just over a minute
to climb back into the game.
West Brunswick trailed 53-51
with 4:47 lo play and was losing 64
61 with 1:28 remaining.
STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG ?um?
TROJAN SHAWN BOW EN (12) guards Dillon's Cedric McRue
(30) during last week's home opener. McRae scored 20 points to
lead Dillon to a 69-6, S overtime win.
Jimmy Grisscli made a free throw
with 1 : 19 10 play and hil a jump shot
with 56 seconds left to tic the game
Both teams missed several scor
ing opportunities before end of regu
lation, including foul shots in the fi
nal 10 seconds.
Dillon drew first blood in the
three-minute overtime periixl and
led 6S-66 with less than a minute to
play when Grissett drove along the
baseline and dunked to tic the game.
But Graves hit the front end of a
one-and-one to give Dillon a one
point lead with 26 seconds to play.
West Brunswick got the ball in
side to Mitchell with five seconds
left, but Mitchell was whistled for a
charging foul as he backed into the
"It took a lot of guts on Unit offi
cial to make that charging call."
Minis said afterward.
The game marked the return of
several key players to the West
Brunswick lineup who had been
competing on the football team.
Minis said the football players on
ly had one practice prior to last
week's game and he had a difficult
lime figuring oul ihe right combina
"Thai's the price you pay early in
the season when you have a success
lul football season," he said.
Reeves, Mitchell, Grissett, John
son anil Shawn Bowen, all of whom
played on the Trojan football team
that advanced to the state finals,
combined for 4K points last Tuesday.
Minis said he was disappointed
about the loss, but was confident the
team would come together in time
for Waccamaw Conference play.
"When January rolls around. 1
have a feeling we'll be right on track
and ready U> compete," he said.
Score By Quarters
Dillon 20 13 13 IS 5?69
W. Brunswick 14 1 1 14 25 4? 6K
Dillon scoring: McRae, 20;
Singleton. 15; Ladson, X; Ciuntcr, 8;
Benjamin. 7; Williams, 5; Graves, 4;
West Brunswick scoring: Reeves,
15; Stevenson, 14; Grissett, 11;
Mitchell, 9: Bowen, S; Johnson, 5;
Marlow, 2; Moody, 2; Hughes, 2.
NORTH STAYS UNBEATEN
Scorpion Boys Edge Topsail
The North Brunswick boys' bas
ketball team improved to 4-0 last
week with a 54-45 win over 1-A op
Dwain Wacklell led the Scorpions
with 15 points, and 6 -Coot-7-inch ju
nior Ronnie Ballard added 13 points
and 1 0 rebounds.
North Brunswick led 17-14 after
one quarter and increased its lead to
26-20 at halftimc. The Scorpions
outscored Topsail 28-25 in the sec
"We didn't play real well, but we
finished strong," North Brunswick
Coach Cliff Gibson said of the non
Kelvin Redd led host Topsail with
14 points, and Kirby Lewis added 1 1
for the Pirates.
Gibson said it "feels good" to be
undefeated after four games. "1
don't know how long it's going to
last because in the Waccamaw
Conference you have to play well
North Brunswick was scheduled
to play the 4-A Hoggard Vikings in
the Holiday Basketball Tournament
today (Thursday) in Wilmington.
The Scorpions open conference play
Jan. 10 against West Columbus.
"I'm real pleased with the kids
I've got," Gibson said. "I get 1 10
percent out each of them every
Score By Quarters
North Brunswick 17 9 14 14 ? 54
Topsail 14 6 10 15 ? 45
North Brunswick scoring: Wad
dell, 15; R. Ballard. 13; M. Ballard,
11; Cobb, 4; Baldwin, 4; Black, 4;
Topsail scoring: Redd, 14; Lewis,
11; Wallace, 8; Brown, 4; Manuel,
2; Lampkin, 2; Hutton, 2; Givcns, 2.
North Lady Scorps
Roll Past Topsail
Ayo Robbins scored 20 points to
lead the North Brunswick girls' bas
ketball team to a 55-32 win over
Topsail last Tuesday.
Tasha Robbins added 14 points
and 14 rebounds for the Lady
Scorpions, who concluded their non
confcrence schedule at 2-2.
The victory over the 1-A Lady
Pirates was the second of the year
lor North Brunswick, which beat
Topsail 54-40 on Dec. 3.
North Brunswick's girls are
scheduled to resume play Jan. 10,
when they open Waccamaw 2-A
Conference play at home against
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