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November 16, 2013

PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Holly Pond, West Point, Good Hope earn Friday-night sweeps


HOLLY POND — Varsity Boys

% Good Hope 56, Fairview 42:
Just a week removed from a first-round playoff game on the football field, linebacker Alex Cofer traded in his cleats for a pair of sneakers to lead the Raiders to an opening-night win with a game-high 16 points.

Eli Marty and Tyler Vanderburg rounded out a balanced scoring effort for the Red and White with 15 points apiece.

Chance Hill was the Aggies’ top scorer with 11 points.

The next shot for Fairview (0-1) to give coach Kurt Knight his first win with the program will come Nov. 26 at home versus Vinemont.

% West Point 76, Vinemont 64: The Warriors sped to a 45-27 lead at intermission and staved off a second-half push by the Eagles to corral a season-opening win.

West Point (1-0) coach Randy Jones had four players finish in double figures. Levi Laney sank 10 of his 12 attempts at the free-throw line to wind up with a team-high 15 points. Riley Voce wasn’t far behind with 14 points, while Tristan Dubberly and Ryder Jones were each good for 10.

Lance Stanley tickled the twine from behind the arc three times to boost his game-high total to 19 points. Garrett Sipe and Riley Foust pitched in 11 points apiece for Vinemont (1-2), which will take a trip to West End on Tuesday.

Varsity Girls

% West Point 51, Vinemont 19:
Madison Rusk went off for 20 points to send the Warriors to their second victory by at least 30 points in as many nights.

West Point was off to the races after jumping out to a 16-4 first-quarter lead.

Bailee Yearwood tossed in 11 points for the Warriors (2-0).

The Eagles (1-2) received seven points from Hannah Adamson and six from Katie Speer.

% Good Hope 56, Fairview 41: Despite losing Nina Mills, Kayla Elrod, Kayla Tillman, Darcie Wilson and Cara Goodwin to graduation over the last two seasons, the latest batch of Lady Raiders proved it’s still more than capable of balling by defeating the Aggies in opening-night action on Friday.

Just when coach Michael Oldacre thought his Good Hope squad was in control with a 22-4 lead following the first quarter, Fairview made a similar run in the ensuing frame to pull within seven at the half. The Raiders were able to stretch their advantage back out in the third quarter, though, which turned out to be the difference in the eventual outcome.

“For three quarters, we played real well,” Oldacre said. “Give Fairview credit. They played hard and fundamentally sound. I was glad to come out of there with the win.”

Katelyn Bishop’s 14 points were tops for Good Hope, which also received notable contributions from Kacy Thomas (11 points), Kayla Scott (eight) and Celeste Whisenant (six).

Aggie eighth-grader Taylor Yeager had a game-high 16 points, while senior Kennedy Trimble had eight. 

% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.

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