Hallsboro and Tabor City’s girls and boys teams all advanced to the semi-final round of the Hallsboro Middle Basketball Invitational.
Hallsboro’s girls picked up their second consecutive win by at least 30 points Tuesday, defeating Williams 39-9. Aliya Barr scored 15 points and Harmony Somerville added nine for the Tigers. Ashdon Grigsby led Williams with three points Hallsboro topped Evergreen 37-3 in Monday’s opening round with Sanauwa Campbell scoring eight points. Jayla Taylor scored Evergreen’s basket.
Williams’ boys dug themselves a hole with a scoreless second quarter. The Aggies battled back from a 10-point deficit, cutting the Hallsboro lead to 28-25 in the fourth. Marvion Green connected on three key foul shots down the stretch for a 31-26 Hallsboro win. Green led the Tigers with 17 points followed by Markelle Simmons with 11. Riley Gore was the top Aggie scorer with 16 points, 14 in the second half. Hallsboro’s boys defeated Evergreen 39-17 Monday. Green led the Tigers with 14 points. Laderius Bacon had five points for Evergreen.
Points were at a premium in the Cerro Gordo versus Tabor City girl’s game. Cerro Gordo led 3-2 after one quarter and at halftime. Tabor City held a 4-3 advantage entering the final period. The Eagles outscored the Stingers 10-6 in the final quarter for a 14-9 win. Bailey Clemons scored five for Tabor City. Anna Ty Ivey led Cerro Gordo with four.
A 14-5 second half advantage helped Tabor City to a 27-18 win over Cerro Gordo’s boys. Treshawn Grate topped Tabor’s scoring with 11 points. Amajae Lowery scored eight points for Cerro Gordo.
Wednesday, Nakina’s girls outscored Chadbourn 7-1 in the second half to claim a 15-14 victory. The Mustang’s Andrea Herring scored the only points of the fourth quarter. That basket provided the 15-14 final margin. both teams had several scoring opportunities later in the period, but could not capitalize. Herring led all scorers with eight points. Kiri Rouse and Haley Brown scored five points each for Chadbourn.
The Central girls substituted liberally and placed a dozen players in the scoring column in its 46-2 win over Acme-Delco. Trinity Smith led the Hornets with 12 points. Tashanti Walker connected on two free throws for the Trojans.
Stefan Johnson’s 18 points were not enough to help Nakina’s boys defeat Chadbourn. Naqiis Johnson scored 13 and Unique Kelly added 10 for the Tigers in its 38-30 victory.
The tournament’s most exciting contest closed out Wednesday action as Central edged Acme-Delco’s boys 37-35 in overtime. Acme-Delco took the lead early, but Central eventually regained the lead at 33-31 in the fourth quarter. J. J. Faulkner’s basket tied the score at 33 with 1:11 left to play. Both teams had chances to take the lead in the final minute, but could not convert. Zion Wilson’s running one-hander in the lane with 33 seconds remaining provided the winning points in Central’s 37-35 victory.
Wilson led the Hornets with 11 points. Keyshawn McCullum, E. J. McCloud and Ty Lawson each scored six. Faulkner scored 12 points for the Trojans, followed by Jaquan Redford with 10 and K.J. Brown with eight.
Thursday’s semi-final schedule:
4:00, Hallsboro vs Tabor City Girls
5:15, Central vs Nakina Girls
6:30, Hallsboro vs Tabor City Boys
7:45, Central vs Chadbourn Boys
Admission is $ 5.