Local roundup: Triton girls stay hot, Hawks end skid

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Posted 1/19/22

This week's recap of action involving local boys and girls basketball teams.

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Local roundup: Triton girls stay hot, Hawks end skid

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ERWIN — Triton enjoyed a successful defense of its home floor Tuesday as both varsity teams earned wins over in-county rival Harnett Central. 

On the boys' side, Triton overcame a first-quarter deficit to eventually down Central, 43-36. 

A scrappy double-double from forward Nate McKoy, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, helped the Hawks (7-8, 2-4 AAC) end a four-game losing skid. 

Trailing by as many as nine points in the first half, and as many as six in the second, McKoy dropped 10 in the deciding fourth quarter. His putback with just over six minutes left capped a 6-0 run, giving the Hawks their biggest lead to that point, 35-27. McKoy's final bucket was another offensive rebound and short layup that made it 41-32. 

Central (4-8, 1-6 AAC) guard Johnathan Patterson finished tied for the team lead with 11 points, scoring the game's first two baskets and helping the Trojans to an 11-5 lead heading into the second.  After holding a one-point advantage at halftime, Patterson opened the second half with four straight points to give Central a 24-19 lead. 

Backcourt teammate Quez Jones also added 11 points and got the group to within five, 35-30, on a steal and fastbreak layup combination with just over five minutes left in the fourth. But that would be the closest Central got as it dropped a seventh straight game.

In the girls' contest, a halftime draw was severed by a third-quarter onslaught from the home team as Triton broke free for a 61-43 victory. 

Lady Hawks (9-2, 3-2 All American Conference) guards A'Shari Watlington and JaNiah Smith combined for 30 points, with 16 coming in the final two periods– helping to extend the team's win streak to three games. 

Smith scored eight of her 13 in the third quarter as part of a 24-point period for Triton. And Watlington helped close things out with eight of her team-high 17 points coming in the fourth. 

Central (1-10, 1-6 AAC) guard Shay Ward kept pace with the home team early, netting 13 of her game-high 21 points in the first half. Ward knocked down four 3-pointers in what was the Lady Trojans' seventh straight loss. 

Both schools are expected to be in action next Tuesday, Jan. 25, when Triton hosts Terry Sanford and Central welcomes Westover. 

Overhills splits at Pine Forest

Coming off its second loss of the season to in-county foe Triton, the Overhills girls basketball team bounced back with an important 43-40 win at Pine Forest on Tuesday. 

It marked a fourth victory in the last five tries for the Lady Jags (8-6, 3-3 AAC), who compete with the Lady Trojans as the All American Conference's only 4A programs.

Meanwhile, the Overhills boys dropped its first league contest with a 68-64 loss at Pine Forest, despite holding a double-digit lead. 

Ayden Gittens led the Jags (11-2, 4-1 AAC) with a game-high 24 points and hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help the group earn a 26-16 lead with just over two minutes left until halftime. 

But the visitors were slowed down and gave up a Pine Forest run that led to a one-point deficit at the break. Overhills jumped to a 34-29 coming out of halftime, but gave up another game-changing run and trailed 47-45 heading into the fourth. 

Both Overhills teams are scheduled to play E.E. Smith at home Tuesday. 

Other local scores: 

Boys

Midway 34, East Bladen 68. 

Western Harnett 40, Terry Sanford 77.

Girls 

Midway 39, East Bladen 65.

Western Harnett 13, Terry Sanford 66.

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