A Red Springs sweep at East Columbus Tuesday evening left the Red Devils atop both the TRC Girls and Boys standings. However, while Red Springs is the only undefeated female team remaining, West Columbus and Fairmont are also unbeaten in boys action. One of those teams will have at least one loss after their suspended game is resumed Monday, December 18 at 7 p.m. in Fairmont.
Red Springs defeated East Columbus 38-30 in Tuesday’s girls game. The Red Devil boys dominated second half play for a 78-43 victory.
Fairmont handed Whiteville its first loss with a 65-60 win at Fairmont. The Wolfpack led after three quarters , but an 8-3 Fairmont run at the end of the game produced the win for the Golden Tornadoes. Jatiek Martin led the Wolfpack with 20 points. Earlier, Jazmin Faison’s basket with nine seconds remaining gave the Whiteville girls a 51-49 victory over Fairmont. The win created a four-way tie for second with East Bladen, Whiteville, St. Pauls and Fairmont all carrying 3-1 conference marks. Nsaia Rogers led Whiteville with 17 points. Brianna McCellon added 14. Fairmont’s Kiara Page continued her string of double-doubles with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
West Columbus defeated East Bladen 67-47 to move to 6-0 overall. Jake Browning continued to stuff the stat sheet, scoring 27 points and hauling down 19 rebounds. Detour Smith added 11 points for WC. The Vikings won despite making just 7 of 23 foul shots. East bladen won the girls game 52-30. Annela Tiffany scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Vikings.
The St. Pauls girls outscored South Columbus 11-4 in overtime to take a 42-35 win despite a 22-point night from Stallion guard Caila Turbeville. Nadelynn McClure added six points for South Columbus. T.J. Eichelberger led the Bulldogs with 19 points as St. Pauls matched its overall win total of four from last season. St. Pauls also won the boys game by a 63-52 score. Aveon Bellamy scored 14 points and Shiquan Conyers 10 for the Stallions. South Columbus was plagued with foul trouble as Zach McKoy and Conyers fouled out and four other players had at least three fouls.
Something had to give when West Bladen traveled to Rowland to take on the South Robeson Mustangs. Both teams were in search of its first TRC win. South Robeson won the girls game 50-37. It took two overtime periods , but the Mustangs also were victorious in the boys game 90-89.
Three Rivers Conference play continues with a full slate of games Friday. Whiteville will host Red Springs in a key conference tilt Monday, December 18. East Columbus will also travel to South Robeson on Monday. West Columbus has the resumption of the Fairmont contest Monday. South Columbus is not scheduled to take the court again until December 27 in the East Columbus Holiday tournament.