WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’ve posted scores and notes from Friday night’s high school basketball action. We had highlights from North Brunswick-South Columbus, East Columbus-South Robeson, Whiteville-South Brunswick, East Bladen-West Bladen, Trask-Pender and Wilmington Christian-Faith Christian.
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HERE ARE RESULTS FROM FRIDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ACTION
WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN BOYS 76 – FAITH CHRISTIAN 62
JONAH ATTOE LED WCA WITH 23 POINTS
THE PATRIOTS TRAILED BY 13 POINTS EARLY IN THE FOURTH QUARTER BUT THEY MANAGED TO WIN BY 14
VILLAGE CHRISTIAN BOYS 68 – CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 52
EVAN HEAD LED THE HURRICANES WITH 22 POINTS
TRASK BOYS 54 – PENDER 49
RASHEED SCORED 18 POINTS FOR THE TITANS
TRASK GIRLS 66 – PENDER 20
NORTH BRUNSWICK BOYS 64 – SOUTH COLUMBUS 39
SCORPIONS WIN CONFERENCE TITLE
NORTH BRUNSWICK GIRLS 53 – SOUTH COLUMBUS 33
WHITEVILLE BOYS 54 – SOUTH BRUNSWICK 43
POLICE USED A TASER GUN ON A FAN AT THE WHITEVILLE GAME AFTER THE FAN PUSHED AN OFFICER
WHITEVILLE GIRLS 56 – SOUTH BRUNSWICK 15
WOLFPACK GIRLS WIN CONFERENCE TITLE
WEST BLADEN BOYS 45 – EAST BLADEN 42
WEST BLADEN GIRLS 52 – EAST BLADEN GIRLS 41
WEST BLADEN EARNED FIRST EVER WIN OVER EAST BLADEN IN GIRLS BASKETBALL
TOPSAIL BOYS 67 – SWANSBORO 45
TREVOR SAVIDGE LED THE PIRATES WITH 12 POINTS
EAST COLUMBUS BOYS 79 – SOUTH ROBESON 61
EAST COLUMBUS GIRLS 59 – SOUTH ROBESON 65
EAST COLUMBUS WINS THE CONFERENCE TITLE WITH 8-2 RECORD
WEST COLUMBUS BOYS 61 – RED SPRINGS 46
WALLACE-ROSE HILL BOYS 66 – JAMES KENAN 56
BULLDOGS WIN CONFERENCE TITLE
LEJEUNE BOYS 66 – DIXON 58
LEJEUNE GIRLS 58 – DIXON 49
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) – Tyler Molinaro’s leadoff home run in the bottom of the 10th lifted UNCW to a 7-6 win over No. 31 Kent State on Friday at Brooks Field in the season opener for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks (1-0) trailed 6-4 entering the bottom of the ninth, but rallied with two runs to tie it and force extra innings. KSU (0-2), meanwhile, suffered its second one-run loss of the day after falling to Virginia Tech 10-9 in the season opener for both teams earlier.
In the game-tying rally in the ninth, pinch hitter Matt Keeler knocked in the first run with a ground out and freshman Terence Connelly tied the game with a bases-loaded walk.
Junior Ricky Holden (1-0) was credited the win after pitching the top of the 10th. KSU’s Eric Dorsch (0-1) was saddled with the loss.
The Golden Flashes totaled six errors in the game leading to five unearned runs.
KSU starter Taylor Williams surrendered just one hit, two walks and allowed four runs, one earned. Williams held UNCW hitless until the seventh and retired 15 consecutive batters at one point. He finished with five strikeouts.
Freshman Zarley Zalewski led the KSU lineup with four hits while Tommy Monnot added three. Alex Miklos and Jeff Revesz both drove in two runs.
UNCW was limited to three hits on the afternoon.
Saturday’s games have been moved up due to anticipated bad weather in the afternoon. Virginia Tech and Kent State will now start at 11 a.m. with the Seahawks and Virginia Tech starting 30 min following the conclusion of game one.
Notes: The win was the first for the Seahawks when trailing after seven innings after going 0-20 last season … Mark Scalf moves to 691-537-1 in 22 seasons … UNCW also improved to 9-13 in season openers during his 22 seasons, it has won its last five straight openers … Luke Dunlap singled in a pinch hitting role in the ninth inning … Corey Dick broke up Williams’ bid for a no-hitter … KSU still holds an 8-7 lead in the all-time series … KSU landed its leadoff batter on base in five of the first six innings … Neither team had a two-out hit, combing to go 0-18 in that situation.
GAINESVILLE, FL (UNCW) -– The UNCW softball team opened the Florida Lipton Invitational with losses to Western Carolina (4-1) and No. 5 Florida (10-0) Friday at KSP Stadium.
UNCW moved to 3-4 on the season with the setbacks to the Catamounts and nationally-ranked Gators. The Seahawks return to action in the Florida Lipton Invitational Saturday with contests against Charleston Southern (4:30 p.m.) and Savannah State (6:45 p.m.)
Versus Western Carolina, the Catamounts jumped out to a 3-0 in the first inning, taking advantage of a bases-loaded walk and a pair of Seahawks errors to build the early lead.
The two teams would trade runs in the third. Senior Lauryn Buckworth would get the Seahawks on the board with a run-scoring double in the top half of the frame to make it 3-1, only to see the Catamounts regain their three-run edge with a run-scoring single from senior Shemekia Scotton.
That was all the support that sophomore Jordan Garrett would need, allowing just one base runner to reach base over the final four innings to even her season mark at 2-2. Garrett surrendered one run on three hits and two walks in seven innings of work while fanning a season-high 12 batters in the complete-game effort.
Sophomore Heather Chastain went 2-for-3 at the plate while Scotton was 1-for-1 with two walks, a RBI and a run scored to pace the WCU lineup.
Buckworth was 2-for-2 and was responsible for plating UNCW’s lone run in the contest. Sophomore Morgan McCann registered the other Seahawk hit, a leadoff double in the third inning.
Sophomore Casey Rowland took the loss for the Seahawks to move to 2-1 on the season. In six innings of work, Rowland allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks. She struck out five.
“A rough first inning really put us in a hole against Western Carolina,” said UNCW Head Coach Kristy Norton. “We left the bases loaded and we never really gained any momentum after that. Casey (Rowland) settled down nicely after that, but our offensive game never really caught on.”
In the nightcap, the Gators would open the scoring in the top of the second, using a two-run home run from sophomore Briana Little to take a 2-0 lead.
Florida would break the game open in the third as it used four hits, including a two-run home run from freshman Kristi Merritt, to build a 6-0 cushion. The Gators closed out the scoring in the fourth as it took advantage of a pair of two-run singles to make it 10-0 ballgame and evoke the eight-run rule after five innings.
Sophomores Bailey Castro and Lauren Haeger finished the game with two hits and three RBI apiece to lead a Gators lineup that combined for 10 hits, including four extra-base knocks.
Haeger was credited with the win in the circle, scattering two hits and three walks over five innings as she improved to 3-0 on the season. She finished the game with eight strikeouts.
McCann and junior Camry Wagner were credited with the Seahawks two base hits against the Gators.
“It’s a great opportunity to play such a powerhouse program and regardless of the score, our pitchers and hitters all remained composed,” said Norton. “We need to regroup though and figure out how to become a stronger offensive team. Tomorrow will be a big day for our team mentally.”
SPARTANBURG, SC (CFCC) – The Cape Fear Community College men’s basketball team was shut down in its rematch attempt against Spartanburg Methodist tonight in South Carolina. The Sea Devils were looking for redemption after losing to the nationally-ranked Pioneers earlier this month in Wilmington.
CFCC trailed Spartanburg by 11 at the half and were unable to mount a second half rally to catch up. The final score was 82-58.
The Sea Devils’ next game is on the road on Sat., Feb. 16 where they face conference opponent Clinton Jr. College in Rock Hill, SC.
CFCC is now 5-3 in the conference and 17-8 overall.