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Wildcats exact revenge on Vikings


Trevon Brown drives to the hoop Friday night for New Hanover in its rivalry win over Hoggard.


Two weeks ago, the Hoggard boys basketball team dominated New Hanover for a 22-point victory in its home gym. On Thursday night, the Wildcats exacted a little revenge in front of their home crowd as they defeated the Vikings 52-32.

The loss snapped Hoggard's six- game winning streak and gave them their first and only Mideastern conference loss of the season.

"They throttled us pretty good at their place," said New Hanover coach Kirk Angel. "They're a very good team. We came out and were very focused and determined, and the guys executed and did a good job."

The Wildcats (13-9, 7-3) started the game with a slower pace than they normally play, as they moved the ball around on offense and focused more on playing shutdown defense. It paid off, as they held the Vikings to just six field goals in the first half and took a 21-15 lead into the break.

"We wanted to really guard the ball and try to disrupt their sets," said Angel. "They try to spread you out and create good sets. We wanted a lot of ball pressure, and for the most part we did a good job."

Hoggard (15-7, 9-1) was able to cut into the lead midway through the third to make it close at 29-26. But after a timeout, the Wildcats responded with a 7-0 run and never looked back, outscoring the Vikings 23-6 the rest of the way.

Trevon Brown led the way for New Hanover, going 8-for-8 from the field in the second half to finish with 16 points.

"I didn't want it to be like Tuesday night against Rose, where they took the ballgame from us and won in overtime," said Angel on his teams' response after the timeout. "And they responded. We'll take that momentum and we'll play a week from tonight against somebody."



GIRLS: NEW HANOVER 34 HOGGARD 28

An 11-0 second quarter run helped New Hanover pull away from Hoggard and pick up their second win in a row Tuesday night. Grace Cameron led the Wildcats with 11 points as they had to hold off a late Vikings rally after Kapria Pressley fouled out and Alex Simmons left the game with a dislocated jaw.

"We were very fortunate to get this win," said Wildcats coach Vertha Dixon-Wright. "Luckily we had a lead that we could play with, and it worked out."

Emma Haywood led the Vikings with eight points while Julie Buehler finished with 7.