For the first time this season, there was a basketball game every day this past week. Tribune area teams went 6-16 in the busy week.
The Saints kicked off their week on the road at Jones Senior. The Lady Saints began the night for the varsity teams with a dominating performance, winning 82-39. Leading scorer Alissa Meadows dropped 24 points. Ty’lisha Maye and Aniqua Langston both finished with 13 points. The win moved the Lady Saints to 4-1 on the season.
The guys were up next and at the end of the first quarter it was a four-point difference, but the Saints blew the game open in the second quarter outscoring Jones Senior 21-7. The Saints never looked back, holding off Jones Senior 81-65 to remain undefeated. Jamari Leach led the Saints with 18 points, Na’Daviyon Pemberton finished with 13, David Brewer had 12 and Jeremiah Anderson finished with 11.
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the Saints hosted Jones Senior. Led by Meadows and Jamaiya Bass who both had 12 points, the Lady Saints finished the season sweep of Jones Senior, winning 55-22.
In the second meeting of the season, Leach led the boys with a 27-point performance and David Brewer finished with 17 in a 71-48 win.
On Friday, Dec. 6, the Lady Saints picked up their second loss of the year, falling 59-37 to Northern Nash. Aleesha Boyette led the Saints with 15 points.
The boys dropped a game for the first time this season losing to Northern Nash 71-60. David Brewer led the Saints with 16 points, Jeremiah Anderson had 13 and Leneir Pocknett finished with 12.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Spring Creek welcomed in two talented Princeton basketball teams. The Lady Gators struggled to avoid turnovers and fell 51-29, leaving Coach Charlie Cotton’s team still searching for the first win of the season. Belinda Carson led the team with 10 points, Rachel Duruttya had the second-highest contribution finishing with five points.
Coming off a win in the first game of the season, the Gators boys varsity team were tasked with battling an athletic Princeton squad. Coach Taylor Jones also talked to the Tribune prior to the game and said “If we do everything on this paper, we will have a chance, if we don’t then we will lose. It’s that simple.”
Spring Creek got behind early and the Gators had a chance to make a dent in the deficit, but every time Spring Creek would score, Princeton would answer with a score of their own and that was essentially the trend for the rest of the game. The Gators were not able to get stops and Princeton never allowed Spring Creek to change momentum, handing Coach Jones’ crew their first loss of the season. Tyrese Artis led the Gators with 22 points, Maxx Williams had 13 and Kaden Jones finished with eight points.
The next night, Spring Creek traveled to South Lenoir. Both teams came up short for the second straight game, with the girls losing 44-24 and the boys losing 68-46. For the girls, only two players were able to score. Carson finished with 14 points and Makiya Hobbs finished with 10 points.
Friday, Dec. 6, the girls were finally able to pick up their first win of the season, beating Rosewood 50-26. Hobbs led the Gators with 18 points and Carson finished with 17 to lead the Gators to their first win since Feb. 14 of this year. The boy’s varsity team dropped their third game in a row, losing to Rosewood 52-45.
The Rebels traveled to Lejeune to face off against the Devil Pups to kick off their week. The Lady Rebels put up an impressive performance beating Lejuene 44-28. The boys wouldn’t be able to pull up the sweep as they fell 69-40.
On Thursday, the Rebels hosted the Tigers of James Kenan. The ladies kicked off the night but were unable to get into a rhythm, falling to James Kenan 35-19 and suffering their first loss of the season. James Kenan came out on fire in the boys game and never looked back as they beat North Duplin 72-42, keeping the Rebels winless in the early part of this season.