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North Brunswick Scorpions sweep South Columbus

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

TABOR CITY—Four straight 3-pointers by freshman guard LaDonna Sloan rallied North Brunswick to a 48-44 victory Friday over South Columbus in a conference basketball game.

A steal by Asheley Robbins in the final nine seconds helped clinch the victory for the Scorpions, 3-2 in the conference.

North trailed 15-6 with 4 minutes, 49 seconds left in the first half.

“We came out kind of flat,” North coach Travis Fortune said. “We didn’t get a lot of backside rebounds. For some reason, when we get down, that’s when the sluggishness comes in. When we get down a few points, we drop our heads. But we did a good job coming back today.”

After a basket by Tyera Fisher, Sloan hit four 3-pointers to cut the Stallions’ lead to 21-20. Those were her only points, but they were the most important points of the game for North.

“That was big for us,” Fortune said. “She has that kind of range. She was out a few games through the Christmas tournament, so this is her first game back.”

And to hit four straight 3-pointers?

“She always shoots it well,” Fortune said. “I was actually surprised—when you knock down four in a row, it doesn’t matter what level you’re playing at, that’s excellent.”

North led 25-23 at the half, and two free throws by Barbara Graham and a score by Tequila Graham after taking a bounce pass from Fisher gave North a 29-23 lead with 5:30 left in the third quarter.

South Columbus rallied to take a 32-21 lead late in the quarter, but a jumper by Robbins put North ahead entering the fourth quarter. A rebound by Robbins, a layup by LaTesha Harrison and a jumper by Tequila Graham gave the Scorpions a 40-34 lead with three minutes left.

The lead was 40-38 when Barbara Graham scored on back-to-back layups off bounce passes from Fisher. The second layup gave North a 44-40 lead, but a score by South Columbus cut the lead to 44-42 with 38 seconds left.

South fouled Fisher with 18.9 seconds left, and she made both free throws. Two free throws by South Columbus cut the lead to 46-44 with 10 seconds left.

The Stallions then fouled Fisher with nine seconds left. She missed her free throw and South got the rebound. But North’s Robbins’ stole a pass near midcourt.

“That was key,” Fortune said. “I talk about staying up a little bit, especially in situations like that, and we’ll get a lot of steals like that. I didn’t want her to gamble. I just wanted to make sure the ball wasn’t pushed up so easily. So make sure we stay back a little bit. We were lucky enough to pick it off. She was heady on it.”

Robbins passed to Fisher, who was fouled. She made both free throws for the final points.

Other North scoring: Barbara Graham 9, Tyera Fisher 8, Asheley Robbins 8, Tequila Graham 6, LaTesha Harrison 5.

NORTH BOYS 51

S. COLUMBUS 47

TABOR CITY—North built a 16-point lead early in the third quarter and held off a South Columbus rally to beat the Stallions 51-47 in the conference game Friday.

Shawn Sanders scored 22 points for the Scorpions, 4-1 in the conference. South Columbus is winless in the conference.

Two 3-pointers by Tyshon Walker helped give the Scorpions a 14-8 lead, but four North turnovers in the second quarter allowed the Stallions to the score 16-16. North hit one field goal in the first 6:44 of the quarter, but a free throw by Jesse Riley and two layups by Sanders put North ahead 21-16 at the half.

An acrobatic layup by Sanders and a reverse layup by Riley gave the Scorpions a 25-16 lead early in the third quarter. A free throw by Sanders and a 3-pointer by Riley extended the lead to 29-18.

Ahead 33-25 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Scorpions scored six straight points in 2:02 to take a 39-25 lead. The first three points came on a free throw and a field goal by Cobia. A layup by Sanders left North ahead 39-25 with 5:58 left. After a basket by Demontez Lennon, the lead was 41-25 and the Scorpions appeared to be on their way to victory.

But the Stallions scored six straight points and trailed 42-33 with four minutes left. With 32 seconds left, North’s lead was down to five points, 47-42. Walker then hit a free throw with 29 seconds left and Rile¬¬y hit one with 23.4 seconds left to help clinch the victory.

Other North scoring: Tyshon Walker 9, Jesse Riley 7, Reggie Cobia 7, Demontez Lennon 4, Leroy Age 2.

MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at sports@brunswickbeacon.com.