Midway Sweeps Hobbton
By JOHN LUCAS
For The Record
Midway swept a pair of varsity basketball games with visiting Sampson County rival Hobbton Monday.
Midway’s girls won a 62-6 rout, highlighted by senior Leah Williams reaching the 1,000-point milestone for her career.
“We got everybody even playing time up and down the bench,” said Midway girls coach Allen McLamb. “We worked on a few things that we know that we needed for the Triton game. I thought we had a very good shooting night and we were smarter on the boards than we have been lately. My girls did every thing I asked them to. Every time I said ‘Fix this’ or ‘Change this,’ they tried to change it.”
Williams had 18 points, the exact number she needed to reach 1,000 on her career, to lead the Raiders (5-0).
“It’s been a pleasure to have her,” McLamb said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody that plays as hard as she does. She has earned her 1,000 points.”
J.J. Sankey and Alyssa Wrench had 10 points apiece. Logan Baggett had seven points. Hannah Lucas had five points. Alexis Jackson, Madee Royal and Jenna Pope had four points apiece.
Aneesha Dunn had all six points for the Wildcats (0-4).
Midway’s defense was smothering, holding Hobbton to just three points apiece in the first and third quarters and forcing 31 turnovers.
With 4:13 left in the third quarter, Williams sank a threepointer that got her to the 1,000-point mark.
The game was briefly stopped so that she could be recognized and presented with a game ball and plaque in honor of the achievement.
“It just feels good that all the countless hours in the gym shooting every morning and at night has paid off,” Williams said. “It keeps me wanting to work harder for more, but it’s also kind of relaxing to know I’ve already got that done.”
Raider Boys Surge
A fourth-quarter surge lifted Midway’s boys to a 65-60 win.
“Cole Parker really stepped up in the fourth quarter and hit some big threes for us,” said Midway boys coach Joseph Easley. “We were in a funk offensively. We were missing layups, couldn’t make our free throws and Cole Parker gave us a spark by banging in a couple of threes there, which got our confidence up. And a lot of times, when you do good things on the offensive end, you find a little energy in your legs to play a little defense, and we did that in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t pretty at times, but these guys stayed together and were able to pull it out.”
Jamar Autry had 22 points and Colby Pope had 15 to lead the Raiders (3-2).
Cole Parker had eight points. Bryson Core had seven points. Lashann Autry had five points. Hykeem Rains had four points. Cameron Barefoot had three points. Jake Rivera had one point.
Omar Farrior had 26 points, Jusen Bell had 16 and Josh Blue had 10 to lead the Wildcats (0-4).
Dalyn Owens had three points. Will Simmons and Jordan Pearsall had two points apiece. Jared Gainey had one point.
After Midway led 19-8 at the end of the first quarter, Hobbton increased its defensive pressure, forcing Midway turnovers and taking advantage with a 17-6 run to tie the game at 25. With Midway leading 33-32, Farrior beat the buzzer with a three to give the Wildcats the lead at the half.
Hobbton led the entire third quarter, though Midway kept it close. The quarter ended with Farrior beating the buzzer with another three to give the Wildcats a 46-42 lead.
Parker Provides Spark
A pair of Parker threes early in the fourth sparked Midway, with the second tying the game at 48. Pope followed with a basket to give Midway the lead.
Easley also cited Barefoot on the defensive end as a big factor in the late turnaround.
“Cameron Barefoot drew three charges,” Easley said. “He played tough all night. He stepped in front of the ball and drew three charges. That’s three possessions Hobbton didn’t get. We won by five points and those three charges could have been the difference in the game.”
With the score tied at 58 late in the fourth, Midway finished the game on a 7-2 run to take the win.
Midway is at home against Triton tonight. Hobbton is at home against Heide Trask on Friday.
At left, Leah Williams of Midway shoots the three that gave her 1,000 points in high school. At right, Colby Pope scores for the Midway boys on Monday night.
Daily Record Photos/John Lucas