Sports Briefs

March 3, 2014 

Bulldogs find just enough points

Southeast Raleigh found just enough offense to counter Durham Jordan’s plodding attack Wednesday night, advancing to a NCHSAA 4A girls basketball third round playoff game.

The Bulldogs, averaging 61.4 points a game this season, tied their season low point total for a game, but found a way to win. (Southeast also scored 39 points in a loss to Parkview (Ga.) in December.

Amber Richardson led the Bulldogs (23-2) with 17 points, while Tiffany McCarter added 13.

Southeast led just 17-16 at the half, but held the Falcons to 18 second-half points.

It was the Bulldogs’ second consecutive victory over a Durham school. They downed Northern Durham 61-38 in the opening round of the playoffs.

Southeast ran its win streak to 13 and within a game of another trip to the regional finals.

Princeton eliminates No. 1 seed

Princeton controlled top-seeded Granville Central Wednesday night, advancing to the third round of the NCHSAA 1A girls basketball playoffs with a 57-44 victory.

But it wasn’t all easy for the Bulldogs, who handled early foul trouble that caused several lineup adjustments.

“I am so proud of our team and the effort we gave tonight to win on the road,” said Princeton coach Marty Gurganus. “We got into foul trouble very early in the game and several players had to play positions they normally do not play.

“To adjust the way we did says something about this team and their ability to step up for one another.”

Princeton standouts Savanna Massengill and Charley Cox again contributed most of the offense. Massengill finished with 23 points, while Cox had 19 points and four assists.

Tori Paul made big contributions as well with 10 points and five rebounds as Princeton improved to 16-9 on the season and set up a trip to East Columbus for a sectional final game. The winner of that game advances to the 1A regional semifinals in Fayetteville.

Princeton downed Whiteville 53-41 in the opening round of the playoffs on Monday.

Fellow Carolina 1A Conference member Rosewood also made a sectional final. The Eagles, who have beaten Princeton three times this season, met KIPP Pride on Friday.

Pirates open softball season with victory

Corinth Holders opened its softball season with an 11-6 victory over Southern Nash Wednesday. Aiyana Campbell had two hits and drove in two runs for the Pirates in the victory.

Brandy Davis was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI and Kalin Mitchell also drove in two runs.

Kayla Meares went the distance for Corinth Holders on the mound with nine strikeouts and four earned runs allowed.

South sets winter banquet

South Johnston will hold its winter athletic banquet at 6:30 p.m. on March 6 in the school cafeteria. Athletes are admitted free. Tickets for guests are $10 each and available at the school or from winter sports coaches.

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