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Local high school hoops scoop

Posted on: 11.30.2018 at 12:02 p.m.

Basketball squads from East Columbus, West Columbus and Whiteville took the floor Tuesday evening. None of the local squads came away victorious. The common theme was falling behind early and unable to make up the deficits.


Coach Marcus Skipper’s East Columbus boys trailed Topsail 47-31 after three quarters. The Gators exploded for 26 fourth-quarter points, but still fell short 63-57. East Columbus is now 2-1.

The Topsail girls limited East Columbus to single-digit scoring in every quarter on their way to a 70-24 victory. The Pirates placed four players in double figures. East Columbus drops to 1-2.

Marquasia Smith and Jazmin Faison scored 10 points each for Whiteville, but it wasn’t enough as the Wolfpack lost at 4A Richmond County 43-38 in its season-opener.  Trinity Smith added three, three-point field goals and I’Reona Johnson pulled down 10 rebounds. Whiteville outscored the Raiders 26-21 in the second half.

West Columbus’ Tah’nijah McKoy began her senior campaign hitting on all cylinders, scoring 31 points Tuesday. Her outburst wasn’t enough as Green Sea-Floyds downed the Vikings 57-50 in the WCHS girls’ home opener. McKoy connected on six of 11 three-point field goal attempts. Freshman Haley Brown contributed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Tiyarna Braddy collected a dozen rebounds. GSF had a 13-4 advantage after one quarter. Green Sea-Floyds won the JV game 16-12.

The West Columbus games at Green Sea-Floyds listed on the original schedule for Dec. 5 are now JV and Varsity Girls only contests on Monday, Dec. 3 beginning at 6 p.m.

Scotland Christian swept a doubleheader from Columbus Christian. Scotland won the girls game 53-42 despite 28 points from the Pacers’ Ellie McPherson. Bailey Padgett added seven points for CCA.  Scotland won the boys game 65-48. Josh Fleming scored 23 points for CCA. Connor Reagan added 13.


West Columbus dominated a basketball doubleheader with Thomas Academy of Lake Waccamaw. The Vikings won the boys contest 83-22. Earlier, WCHS took a 43-5 win in the girls game.

West Columbus boys placed four players in double figures. Brandis Kelly led the Vikings with 16 points. Tyquawn Johnson added 15. Marquise Ratliff and Winston Mason each scored 12. Kevon Lewis scored eight points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Tah’nijah McKoy put up her second 30-point scoring night of the young season for Coach John Browning’s girls team. Willow Stackhouse collected 12 rebounds. Tiyarna Braddy added 11 boards.

West Columbus opens TRC play at South Robeson Tuesday.

Whiteville and Cape Fear Academy’s girls’ squads alternated dominating quarters. The Wolfpack had an 18-point advantage in periods one and three. However, Cape Fear dominated quarters two and four by a score of 42-15 to pull out a 55-46 win.

Marquasia Smith scored 14 points and pulled in 10 rebounds for Whiteville. Ruth Maldonado added 11 points. Whiteville was just 1 of 23 on three-point field goals. Chloe Kernan scored 35 points for the Hurricanes. Kernan scored 18 points in the second quarter alone. Her 10-point fourth quarter helped the Hurricanes erase a four-point Whiteville lead entering the period.

Whiteville’s JV and varsity boys host Paul Brown Academy of Elizabethtown Monday to open their season.  The Wolfpack open Three Rivers play at East Bladen Tuesday.

Ellie McPherson continued to scorch the nets for the Columbus Christian Academy girls. McPherson’s 22 points led the Pacers to a 31-19 win over Fellowship Christian. Sidera Blackwell added five points and six rebounds.

The FCA boys overcame a 15-12 halftime deficit to defeat Columbus Christian 34-29. Josh Fleming scored 14 points for CCA. James Riley Clark added six points and pulled in 17 rebounds.

Columbus Christian plays host to Grace Christian Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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