Singleton leads Vikings past rival Wildcats
Tue. January 29, 2013 at 11:07 p.m. | By Kris Lancaster | Sports@StarNewsOnline.com
Hoggard's Trevor Singleton shoots against New Hanover at Hoggard in Wilmington Tuesday, January 29, 2013. (Photo by Matt Born)
In a matchup of two of the better boys basketball teams in the area, the host Hoggard Vikings dominated the New Hanover Wildcats on Tuesday night 59-37.
Much of the game centered on the battle between Hoggard’s Trevor Singleton and New Hanover’s Nigel Holley.
On this night, Singleton got the best of Holley, scoring 19 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Holley spent the majority of the second half on the bench after picking up three first-half fouls.
Holley would finish the game with 10 points and nine rebounds.
“Obviously we’re going to throw the ball inside to Trevor (Singleton),” said Hoggard coach Brett Queen. “And we were able to get him (Holley) in foul trouble. The guys did a good job in following what we asked them to do.”
The Vikings (11-6, 5-0) jumped out to an early 11-3 first quarter lead and never looked back.
They led 25-10 at halftime and led by as much as 24 in the second half. In addition to Singleton, they got 16 points from Joe O’Donnell and 10 from Seth Thomas.
The win keeps the Vikings in first place in the Mideastern Conference halfway through their schedule.
“They’ve been very focused all year long,” said Queen. “They’re very motivated and very focused. They want to win a conference championship. We’ve got a tough matchup with Laney on Friday night, and I think our guys will be ready to play.”
GIRLS: NEW HANOVER 50, HOGGARD 46
The New Hanover girls team needed overtime to defeat Hoggard on Tuesday in one of the wildest games of the season; the lead changed hands three times in the last 1:30 of regulation.
The Vikings led 19-11 at halftime and then New Hanover, particularly Kapria Pressley, took over the second half. The Wildcats started the third quarter on a 10-0 run to take their first lead of the game.
Pressley scored eight of those 10, and finished the game with 28 in all.
New Hanover seemed to have the game won with five seconds remaining and leading 39-37. But an illegal substitution forced a technical foul on the Wildcats and sent Hoggard to the line.
The Vikings’ Emma Haywood nailed both free throws to force overtime.
“All I was trying to do was put some longer arms in at the end of regulation,” said New Hanover coach Vertha Dixon-Wright.
“And she (Susie Moore) just ran out onto the floor.”
In overtime, it was all Wildcats as they went on an 8-3 run to start the period and never looked back.
The win improves them to 10-7 overall with a 3-2 record in the Mideastern Conference.