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Sports Briefs: Feb. 16, 2014

Garner’s Olivia Harris (30) shoots backwards over her head and makes it as Clayton’s Taisha Murphy (14) defends.
Garner’s Olivia Harris (30) shoots backwards over her head and makes it as Clayton’s Taisha Murphy (14) defends. newsobserver.com

Clayton girls hold off Garner

Clayton knocked down enough 3-pointers to hold off rival Garner for a 53-48 girls basketball victory Monday night. The Comets held a 20-point lead in the third quarter but the Trojans cut the lead to 51-48 with 52 seconds to play on a 3-pointer by Kelsey Bryan.

Garner then forced a five-second violation on Clayton’s next possession and got two looks at 3-pointers down only three points but couldn’t knock either shot down.

Tanisha Murphy of Clayton rolled up 31 points on the night, while Ashley Murphy and Jenna Harris added eight each for the Comets. Khayani Chandler of Garner had 17 and Bryan notched 10 points.

West Johnston sweeps Rolesville

West Johnston’s boys basketball team rallied to beat Rolesville 50-49 Monday night. Rolesville led 27-23 at the half. Cameron Williams led West with 14 points in the win, while Scott Chestnutt and Tyrone Jones-Benson had eight each.

West ’s girls down Rolesville, 69-21.

Spartans upset Cleveland girls

Smithfield-Selma’s girls hit just enough free throws in the final seconds to hold off Cleveland for a 48-46 basketball win Monday night. The loss was only Cleveland’s second in Two Rivers 3A Conference play.

Miranda Hinton and Brittany Preston had 11 points each for Cleveland in the loss, while Myrayna Watkins chipped in 10.

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