Winter sports roundup: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Boys Basketball

New Hanover 61, South Brunswick 27

The Wildcats came out on a 19-6 run and continued the momentum throughout.

"We didn't turn the ball over and we won," New Hanover coach Kirk Angel said. The win was a confidence booster for the Wildcats after a slow start this season.

"We have played a brutal nonconference schedule and we needed a confidence booster," Angel said. "And now we have to go back to the gym for the next two days and work hard, and come back Friday and do the same thing."

Nigel Holley led the way for the Wildcats with 17 points and Brad Hitchman added 14.

New Hanover (2-4) plays at South Brunswick on Friday.

Topsail 61, Trask 55

The Pirates came out playing tough man-to-man defense and broke a halftime tie. Matt Gilgo led the way for Topsail with 14 points and Tyler Hagan and Trevor Savidge added 12. The Titans (2-4) kept it close and came away with a lot of positives.

"We played well, with a young back court, and for the first time this year Rasheed Brown was not our leading scorer," said Trask coach Rodney Orr.

Topsail (4-1) plays Ashley on Friday.

South Columbus 69, East Columbus 63

The Gators bounced back form an eight-point halftime deficit to tie the game going into the fourth quarter. Derek Young and Ronald Ratliff led East Columbus with 16 points each. East Columbus (3-2) plays Wednesday at North Brunswick.

Wilson Christian 74, Wilmington Christian 58

Jake Connor led the way for the Patriots with 14 points. Wilmington Christian (6-5) plays Friday against Raleigh Christian.

Harrells Christian 40, Coastal Christian 38

The Centurions played Harrells down to the wire as Nick Chase led the way with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Coastal Christian (3-6) plays Cary Christian on Friday.

Lakewood 89, North Duplin 50

Daron Goodman scored 19 points for North Duplin.

Lakewood was led by Patrick Rich with 19 points, and Ryan Emfinger added 17.

North Duplin (0-6) travels to Lejeune on Thursday.

Girls Basketball

East Bladen 65, Union 26

The Eagles remained unbeaten with another blowout victory. Alexus Smith led the way with 11 points and Lacy Suggs added 10. East Bladen (8-0) plays East Columbus on Friday.

Harrells Christian 67, Coastal Christian 27

The Centurions struggled throughout to Harrells and everything fell apart in the fourth when they were outscored 25-6. Nikki Huntley led the way with 14 points and five rebounds. Coastal Christian (6-3) plays Cary Christian on Friday.

Scotland County 61, Whiteville 53

Whiteville showed defensive improvement but dropped a close game on the road.

"I am pleased with the girls. They played hard and improved defensively," said Whiteville coach Serena Smith.

The Wolfpack played without starting point guard Jenna Watts, who was injured.

"If we had our starting point guard, it would have been a different outcome," said Smith.

Whiteville (3-4) will host Lakewood on Wednesday.

Jack Britt 61, Ashley 52

The Screaming Eagles jumped out to a 15-5 lead, but with some costly turnovers they let Jack Brit come back.

"We came out great, then let them creep back in and had a flat third quarter that was the difference maker," said Ashley coach Adrienne Gale.

Brianna Edwards led Ahley with 25 points and Felecity Havens added 20. Ashley (3-3) plays Topsail on Wednesday.

Topsail 41, Trask 38

The Pirates Carlie Smith had a big night with 12 points and 17 rebounds as the Pirates led throughout.

"We led all the way but they battled back in the fourth when we got sloppy with the ball. We had our third string point guard on the floor. Our first string point guard was hurt early in the year and the second string rolled her ankle in the first quarter," said Topsail coach Jim Clanahan.

Topsail (3-2) plays Ashley next.

East Columbus 52, South Columbus 28

East Columbus toppled South Columbus 52-28 on Tuesday night to keep the Stallions winless on the year, at 0-3. The Gators, led by Brittany Hall's 15 points, jump over .500 with the win, improving their record to 3-2 on the year.