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Sports Briefs: Jan. 28, 2015

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.”

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.

James Kenan sweeps Princeton

James Kenan edged Princeton 63-60 in boys basketball Friday night, overcoming a 25-point night from Princeton’s Tyler Beasley. Tanner Woodard added 11 points for the Bulldogs (4-11 overall, 2-5 Carolina 1A Conference) in the loss.

Kenan won the girls game, 55-25. Charley Cox had 12 points and seven steals in the loss for Princeton (5-10, 3-4).

Washington tops North Johnston

Washington swept North Johnston in an Eastern Plains 2A Conference girls and boys basketball doubleheader Friday night, keeping both Panthers’ teams winless in league play on the season.