Prep Roundup: Jordan upends unbeaten Piedmont, wins Lee Shootout

Dec. 29, 2012 @ 11:34 PM

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Thompson named MVP of Lee County Shootout
BY ANDREW GIERMAK
The Sanford Herald
SANFORD — It’s not who starts the game, it’s who finishes that counts.
Tournament MVP Josh Thompson was one of multiple Jordan Falcons who came off the bench and played key roles leading Jordan (9-4) to a 55-44 win over previously-unbeaten Monroe Piedmont (9-1) and the championship of the Lee County Shootout Saturday at Sanford’s Lee County High School.
Thompson, along with fellow reserves Arthur Reese and Tyreek Frye, played most of the fourth quarter for the Falcons. Jordan led most of the second half but couldn’t put the Panthers away until the closing seconds.
Thompson and Frye scored 10 points each leading the Falcons. Thompson added five assists. In the middle, senior center Jared Hendryx, a Falcon starter, had nine points, 16 rebounds and five blocks.
Piedmont got out to the early lead as the Falcons relied on, but weren’t connecting at all, the three-point shot. The Panthers methodically worked their way to a 13-4 lead through one quarter and it was 15-8 Panthers a few minutes into the second quarter.
The Panther lead could well have been larger but for Hendryx dominating the paint with his board work and long wingspan. Before facing Hendryx, the Panthers had the clear size advantage in wins over Cary and Northwood.
Jordan found offense around the hoop, whether getting it to Hendryx or with Thompson slashing on drives, and closed the half on a run to take a 21-20 lead.
A back-and-forth third period turned in Jordan’s favor with Mike Lee hitting a three-pointer for a 33-30 Jordan lead.
The Falcons moved out to a seven-point edge before the Panthers answered. A fadeaway jumper by Panther center Cameron Tripp made it 44-42 Jordan with a little over four minutes remaining.
Jordan’s intense defense took over the rest of the way. Hendryx and Reese, who finished with nine boards, controlled the glass on both ends of the court. Thompson turned two Falcon defensive stops into lightning-quick lay-ups on the other end, one to give Jordan a 46-42 lead and another to make it 50-44 Falcons with 0:58 and counting.
Brady Meggs led the Panthers with 16 points, 12 coming in the second half, and 11 rebounds. Qualen Blakney, who led Piedmont’s early success, scored 14 points.
Lee added eight points for the Falcons while K.J. Alston had six points and Reese scored five.
Thompson and Hendryx were the Falcons named to the all-tournament team, along with Northwood’s Ti Pinnix.

Northwood 45, Lee 38
SANFORD — Pittsboro Northwood raced out to a big lead on host Sanford Lee County, then held on for third place in the Lee County Shootout Saturday.
The Chargers (5-5) scored the first eight points of the game and led wire to wire.
Northwood’s athletic trio of Aumad Walker (11 points), Charles Hope (nine points, six rebounds) and Ti Pinnix (13 points) set the tone of both ends of the court, with Hope scoring four of the first eight points and the Charger defense allowing nothing easy for Lee County (7-5).
A pair of 3s by Walker helped Northwood to a 24-15 edge at halftime.
Walker’s third triple of the game got the Chargers off to a good start in the third quarter. A fast-break lay-in by Pinnix made it a 9-2 start to the half. Monte Smith’s driving basket off the glass made it a 16-2 Charger streak for the first seven-plus minutes of the quarter. Northwood led 40-20 entering the fourth quarter.
Lee County played without starting post player Dewaun McEachin, who scored 24 points Friday night in a 52-50 loss to Jordan, and starting guard Trevon Watson, who’s been out the last three games with an injury.
— Andrew Giemak, The Sanford Herald

Hillside 91, Raleigh Heat 57
DURHAM — Hillside improved to 10-3 against a surprise opponent in the third-place game of the City of Durham Holiday Invitational at Mount Zion Christian Academy Saturday.
Hillside had hoped to meet Mount Zion Saturday and on Friday night it appeared that tournament officials would change bracketing to make that happen, but officials from the Raleigh Heat (1-5), a team comprised of home-schooled students, asked officials not to adjust the bracket.
The Hornets used balanced — and multiple — scoring to do in the Heat. Thirteen Hillside players scored at least two points, led by R.J. Robinson’s 14 and 10 apiece from Isaiah Dickens and De’Shon Self. Marcus Bowling had nine and D’Ontray Johnson, Ty’Quon Reid and Marius McAllister had eight points each.

Village Academy 86, Cresset 69
CREEDMOOR — Village Academy of Fayetteville stopped Cresset Christian Academy in the finals of the South Granville Holiday Invitational Wake Forest Physical Therapy Bracket Saturday night.
Cresset, which got 38 points from the state’s leading scorer, junior guard Shawn Lipscomb, finished second in the bracket. Cresset also got 21 points from Sherwood Young.
Adrian Rich led four Village Academy scorers in double figures with 25 points.

Ravenscroft 76, South Granville 52
CREEDMOOR — The Ravenscroft School of Raleigh, a state independent schools power, used its superior size and an outstanding floor game by point guard Chris Corchiani Jr. to run past homestanding South Granville in the championship game of the Bojangles bracket of the South Granville Holiday Invitational late Saturday.
J.C. Shelley scored 11 and Branden Ragland 10 for South Granville, which saw its six-game win streak come to an end and dropped to 7-4 on the year. Ravenscroft is 5-5.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
Chapel Hill 58, Kinston 46

BUNN — Undefeated Chapel Hill won its third game in as many nights to finish the round-robin Bunn High School Invitational 3-0, downing 7-3 Kinston.
“We did some good things, really played well in the second quarter but just didn’t hit our shots,” Chapel Hill coach Sherry Norris said. “We’re trying to find our rhythm. Being off for the holidays and missing practice time can do that.”
Laura Musalem led a balanced Chapel Hill attack with 12 points and six steals. Jamella Smith added 11 points and a team high nine rebounds and five assists. Catherine Romaine had 10 points and blocked three shots for 12-0 Chapel Hill.

S. Granville 59, DA 55 (OT)
CARY — Previously winless South Granville rode 22 points from Hunter Mundy to win its first game in nine tries, downing Durham Academy in overtime in the Vision Sporting Goods Holiday Invitational 7th place consolation game Saturday morning.
Cha’Mia Rothwell scored 14 points, Naomi Lerner 12 and Liz Roberts 10 for 9-5 Durham Academy.
Also cracking double figures were Deanna Allen and Tiana Jones of the Vikings with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

SATURDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL SUMMARIES

BOYS’ BASKETBALL
City of Durham Holiday Invitational
3rd Place/Consolation
Hillside 91, Raleigh Heat 57

HILLSIDE — D’Ontray Johnson 8, R.J. Robinson Jr. 14, Malik Evans 6, Isaiah Dickens 10, Ty’Quon Reid 8, Trevion Thompson 6, Marius McAllister 8, Reginal Young 2, De’Shon Self 10, Tim Mangum 2, Marcus Bowling 9, Emanuel McGirt 6, Jamari Warren 2.
RALEIGH HEAT — Shay Debnam 3, Travon Jordan 15, Sam Arnold 8, Mike Brown 12, Keith Porch 9, Robert Palmer 7, Brandon DuPree 3.
Hillside|21|24|16|30—91
Mt. Zion|11|16|20|10—57
Records—Raleigh Heat, 1-5, Hillside 10-3.

South Granville Holiday Invitational
Wake Forest Physical Theray Bracket
Championship
Village Academy 86, Cresset 69

Cresset Christian|17|17|14|21—69
Village Academy|21|19|25|21—86
CRESSET CHRISTIAN — Shawn Lipscomb 38, Greg Guthrie 2, Sherwood Young 21, Tristen Reece 4, Marcus Means 4.
VILLAGE ACADEMY — William McNeill 21, Michael Hewitt 2, James Davis 4, Luke Rogers 17, Javen McNeill 11, Adrian Rich 25, Chris Lowell 2, Sterling Dewdney 4.
Records—Cresset Christian Academy 6-7, Fayetteville Village Academy 8-3.

South Granville Holiday Invitational
Bojangles Bracket Championship
Ravenscroft 76, S. Granville 52

Ravenscroft|15|17|22|22—76
South Granville|10|8|8|26—52
Ravenscroft — Marcus Bryan 10, Chris Corchiani Jr. 9, Christian Vinson 10, Andrew Bjiofor 7, Jonathan Clark 6, David Reynolds 6, Matt Quesenberry 4, Tim Hutter 2, L.J. Young 2, Greg Hauper 4, Josh McCoy 2, Byron Hortan 3.
SOUTH GRANVILLE — Gary Lash 6, Dylan McFalls 2, Branden Ragland 10, Jonathan Newton 8, Ansar Muhammad 8, Shawn Montren 4, Mario Thorpe 4, J.C. Shelley 11.
Records—Ravenscroft 5-5, South Granville 7-4.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
Vision Sporting Goods Holiday Invitational
7th Place Consolation Game
South Granville 59, Durham Academy 55 (OT)

DURHAM ACADEMY — Liz Roberts 10, Cha’Mia Rothwell 14, Naomi Lerner 12, Jordan Barry 2, Amanda Lawrence 4, Lily Ronco 4, Robin Blazing 3, Dana Williams 4.
SOUTH GRANVILLE — Tiana Jones 10, Deanna Allen 12, Hunter Mundy 22, Cameron Patrick 5, Katelyn Brooks 6, Tiler Hunt 4.
Durham Academy|20|8|9|14|4—55
South Granville|14|6|16|15|8—59
Rebounds—DA 33 (Lawrence 8). Blocked shots—DA 9 (Williams 4). Steals—DA 25 (Blazing 5).
Records—South Granville 1-8, Durham Academy 9-5.

Bunn High School Invitational
Chapel Hill 58, Kinston 46

KINSTON — Anshonee Addison 13, Monique Lawton 13, Hannah Vermillion 2, Lydia Rivers 8, Kequajah Washington 5, Takerian Harper 3, Storneke Clark 2.
CHAPEL HILL — Tamia Eatmon 4, Laura Musalem 12, Arianne Jacobs 4, Jessica Wall 7, Rzaiya Farrington 6, Catherine Romaine 10, Jamella Smith 11, Autumn West 4.
Kinston|2|12|19|13—46
Chapel Hill|12|13|22|11—58
3-point FG—CH 2 (Smith, Wall). Blocked shots—CH 4 (Romaine 3, Smith). Rebounds—CH 34 (Smith 9). Assists—CH 18 (Smith 5). Steals—CH 20 (Musalem 6).
Records—Kinston 7-3, Chapel Hill 12-0. Tournament records—Kinston 0-3, Chapel Hill 3-0.