WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Follow our sports on Twitter at @WWAYSports
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tuesday is typically a full night for high school hoops. We had game action from Rocky Point. It was the first meeting ever in basketball between Trask and Hoggard. In Buctown the Pender boys edged Laney with a come from behind win. We checked out an overtime affair between Cape Fear Academy and Coastal Christian. We had UNCW women’s basketball action too.
Tuesday’s High School Scoreboard
HOGGARD 52 – TRASK 26
LANEY 52 – PENDER 13
EAST BLADEN 53 – ST. PAULS 14
WEST BRUNSWICK 41 – SOUTH COLUMBUS 29
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 66 – COASTAL CHRISTIAN 56 IN OT **Click icon for video
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 42 – WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN 34
ST. PAULS 58 – EAST BLADEN 50, FARRELL MURCHISON 18 POINTS
WEST BRUNSWICK 54 – SOUTH COLUMBUS 26, TROJANS IMPROVE TO 5-0
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 46 – COASTAL CHRISTIAN 42
NORTH BRUNSWICK 68 – EAST COLUMBUS 35, JOSH WHITE & MITCH LAYTON 14 POINTS EACH
HOGGARD 80 – TRASK 52 **Click icon for video
PENDER 51 – LANEY 50 **Click icon for video
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 57 – WCA 55, JONAH ATTOE 21 POINTS FOR WCA
**Click icon for video
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Sophomore guard Monnazjea Finney-Smith (Wilson H.S./Portsmouth, Va.) came off the bench to score 14 points, including eight in the first half, as VCU (4-3) held off a second half charge by UNCW (2-4) to earn a 59-53 non-conference victory over the Seahawks at Trask Coliseum on Tuesday evening.
The Rams, who were playing their fifth consecutive road game, ended a two-game losing streak while handing the Seahawks their fourth loss in a row.
After the teams battled to an 11-11 tie in the opening 12 minutes of the game, the Rams put together a 9-3 run to take a 20-14 lead with 5:02 left on a jumper by sophomore guard Chadarryl Clay (Girls Preparatory School/Auburn, Ala.).
The Seahawks trimmed the margin to 20-17 with a traditional three-point play from sophomore guard Naqaiyyah Teague (Malcolm X. Shabazz H.S./Newark, N.J.) with 4:05 remaining before the Rams used a 14-5 run over the final four minutes of the half to take a 34-22 lead into the intermission.
VCU extended the advantage to 43-25 in the first four minutes of the second half before the Seahawks scored 16 of the next 17 points to close the gap to 44-41 with 8:12 remaining on a lay-up by senior guard Kelva Atkins (Granville Central H.S./Stem, N.C.). Sophomore guard Brie Mobley (Winter Haven H.S./Winter Haven, Fla.) scored eight points for the Seahawks during the run.
But, the Rams answered by going on an 8-2 run for a 52-43 lead with 4:27 remaining. The Seahawks trimmed the margin to 57-53 with 21 seconds left on a pair of Atkins free throws, but the Rams made two of four free throws in the closing seconds to seal the victory.
Finney-Smith made five of six shots from the floor, including all four of her three-point attempts, to lead the Rams while junior guard Adaeze Mitchell (Roland Park Country School/Baltimore, Md.) added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Atkins led the Seahawks in the loss by scoring a game-high 17 points with nine rebounds and five steals. Playing in her third game of the season, Mobley came off the bench to contribute 12 points by making 6 of 12 shots from the floor.
Led by a career-high 14 rebounds from Teague, the Seahawks held a 51-37 rebounding edge over the Rams and recorded a season-high 23 offensive rebounds.
The Seahawks, who are in the middle of a six-game homestand, will be idle until Wednesday, Dec. 17 when they host the University of Richmond in the first game of a doubleheader at Trask Coliseum. Opening tip-off between the Seahawks and the Spiders is slated for 4:30 p.m.
**Click icon for video