Cleveland downs South Johnston on road
Cleveland took control of its Two Rivers 3A Conference girls basketball clash with South Johnston with a stellar second quarter, grabbing a 52-42 win Friday night.
The Rams (14-4 overall, 3-1 conference) grabbed eight offensive rebounds in the second quarter, outscoring the Trojans (1-3 conference) 17-4 in the frame.
“A 10-point win is a good win on the road, especially at a place like South Johnston,” said Cleveland coach Chris Danehower. “South Johnston makes you work hard for everything. This has been a team that’s played well on the road, with only one loss.”
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Miranda Hinton had 12 points to lead Cleveland, while Myrayna Watkins added 10.
“We really talk a lot about offensive rebounding,” Danehower said. “And when we are rebounding the ball well, it’s hard to stay with us. We’re eight or nine deep and everybody contributed tonight.”
Five Cleveland players had five or more rebounds: Hinton, Alliyah Sands and Watkins had six rebounds each; Amber Scott and Skyler Allen had five each.
Anna Webster poured in a game-high 26 points for South Johnston in the loss.
East Wake girls roll
East Wake dominated Garner in a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls basketball clash Friday, grabbing a 60-21 victory. The Warriors led 24-1 in the first quarter.
“We came down here and we just laid down,” said Garner head coach Hardrick Mays. “We didn’t play any defense. Their shots came from layups and they outran us. Until we show effort it’s not going to happen.”
Garner freshman Khayla Guy and senior captain Adaya Thorpe led their team in scoring with six points each.
Durham Academy tops WCA boys in overtime
Durham Academy held Wake Christian to five points in overtime, grabbing a 62-56 boys basketball victory Friday night. Rob Whitfield of Wake Christian had a game-high 22 points in the loss. The Bulldogs (12-6 overall, 2-1 conference) trailed by six points entering the fourth quarter but held Durham Academy to a dozen points in the quarter to force overtime.
Jake Lange contributed.