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New Hanover's Darrius Doughty drives to the basket against Ashley in a Mideastern Conference game at New Hanover on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (Photo by Matt Born)

Tuesday was a slice of last season for the New Hanover boys basketball team.

The Wildcats dominated Ashley, 77-45, and looked a lot like the team that dominated local competition in 2011-2012 on the way to a state championship.

They even used the same formula that resulted in so many wins last season: lockdown defense and fast buckets in transition.

"It brought me back to old times," senior guard Trevon Brown said. "Old times feel good. And I'm trying to give the young kids a taste of the way it felt."

Brown gave a whole lot more than a taste: he scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half to blow the game open. But the Wildcat defense was the deciding factor.

New Hanover's defense held Ashley (13-6, 4-3) without a field goal for the first six minutes of play, and held Ashley to just three field goals in the first half. The Wildcats (11-8, 5-2) led by 22 at halftime and led by as many as 37 during the second half.

"When we collectively guard as a unit, we're not bad," New Hanover coach Kirk Angel said. "We can't get too spread out."

On Tuesday, New Hanover stayed packed in, and forced Ashley to shoot jump shots. Ashley junior Ridell Camidge finished with 24 second-half points on six three-pointers, but by the time Ashley found its range from the outside, the score was too lopsided.

The win was an important one for New Han­over, vaulting the Wildcats into second place in the Mideastern Conference. And in a season filled with ups and downs – including a 22-point loss to Hoggard last Tuesday – Angel said he didn't think the positive deja-vu would last long.

"We've got a tough game Friday night – Laney's playing better." Angel said. "If we think we're going to walk into their place and roll on them like we did last year, we've got another thing coming."

Girls: Ashley 60, New Hanover 46

Ashley used an 18-4 run spanning the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter to overcome a slow start against New Hanover on Tuesday night. The Screaming Eagles (15-4, 6-1) trailed by three points at the break and by as many as nine in the second quarter before rallying. New Hanover (10-10, 3-5) assisting on six of the team's first eight shots.

Jada Bacchus provided a spark for the Screaming Eagles in the second half, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds for her second straight double-double, and added five steals. Breanna Edwards led all scorers with 18.

Grace Cameron led New Han­over with 16 points while Kapria Pressley added 15 for New Hanover.