Pressley powers Wildcats past Rose


Asia Davis looks to pass as Kapria Pressley follows against Rose. Pressley had six steals and 28 points to lead New Hanover, which plays Ashley on Wednesday. (Photo by Paul Stephen)


New Hanover’s girls basketball team got a powerful, late-season confidence boost by dominating Rose, 62-37, in the first round of the Mideastern Conference Tournament on Monday at Brogden Hall.

The Wildcats, led by 28 points from Kapria Pressley, led from start to finish, using a full-court press for much of the game to create turnovers and easy baskets. The Wildcats had 17 steals and shot 50 percent for the game.

“They had their hands in the passing lanes,” New Hanover coach Vertha Dixon-Wright said. “If I did anything, it would be to applaud them for that. We’ve been on them about defense. Don’t stand there and let them make the pass.”

Nobody was more opportunistic than Pressley. The junior forward finished the game with a game-high six steals and she had as many points at halftime (18) as Rose did. She added eight rebounds and four assists as well.

“I knew I had to step up this week,” Pressley said. “It’s the conference tournament and I want to come out on top. There’s a lot of people doubting us so I guess we’ve got to show people that we have potential to be the best.”

Monday was also New Hanover’s third-straight win and allowed the Wildcats (13-10) to avoid another close call. In the teams’ previous meeting, New Hanover only won by two points.

Monday’s game was never in doubt, and Dixon-Wright said the win was important to put the Wildcats on the right track heading into a tough semifinal tournament game against Ashley on Wednesday.

“We know Ashley’s tough,” Dixon-Wright said. “We know what we have to do to beat them. We’ve got to beat that half-court trap. If we can beat the trap, we’ll be OK. We’ve rearranged how we set up and how we bring the ball down and I think it’s going to make a difference. I hope it’s going to make a difference.”

Hoggard girls 46, New Bern 39

Hoggard’s girls basketball team has struggled against pressure all season. But the Vikings came up with two critical press breaks to seal a 46-39 win against New Bern on Monday and advance in the Mideastern Conference tournament.

Hoggard (10-12) led comfortably most of the game on solid defense and some key transition buckets.

But New Bern switched to a full-court press late in the game and quickly rallied to within one. Hoggard had consecutive turnovers to let Rose back in the game.

“They get nervous in crunch time,” Hoggard coach Boubacar Aw said. “But obviously that comes from experience. We still have to go back to fundamentals in crunch time. … I’ve got a young team. It’s not easy.”

But the Vikings rallied. Sarah Downing broke the press by herself for a critical 3-point play in the final two minutes to give Hoggard a 4-point lead, and Brianna Smith found Julia Buehler for another late easy layup to give Hoggard enough cushion to win.

 “Sarah’s basket was a huge basket,” Aw said. “Sarah is a senior and she’s stepped up big for me this season, being a leader.”

Downing led Hoggard with 12 points, and the Vikings advance to play Laney in the tournament semifinals on Wednesday.



Girls basketball

HOGGARD 46, NEW BERN 39


Hoggard (10-12) Wednesday at Laney. New Bern (5-19).

New Bern    9    9    8    13    39

Hoggard    11    12    10    13    46

Scoring

Hoggard – Ellen Tootoo 2, Julia Buehler 7, Venice Leon 2, Briana Smith 5, Aleah Thompson 2, Sarah Downing 12, Zoey Montague 8, Emma Haywood 4.

Totals: 20-52 FG, 6-10 FT

3-point FG: 1 (Downing)

Rebounds: 26 (Smith 6, Tootoo 6, Montague 5)

Assists: 11 (Leon 3, Downing 2, Smith 5)

New Bern – Jotionette Jones 15, Jacquia McCullough 2, Tomisha Davis 4, Tierra Brimmage-Stevens 4, Brianna Coor 6, Tyra London 8

Totals: 15-45 FG, 7-15 FT

3-point FG: 2 (Jones 2)

Rebounds: 28



NEW HANOVER 62, ROSE 37

At New Hanover


New Hanover (13-10), Wednesday vs. Ashley at Laney. Rose (4-18)

Rose    10    8    10    9    37

New Hanover    18    17    14    13    62

Scoring

New Hanover- Precious Canty 6, Liz Pasquerillo 2, Grace Cameron 12, Asia Davis 4, Rhaven Davis 4, Kapria Pressley 28, Sarah Jonkheer 3, Alex Simmons 6.

Totals: 27-54 FG, 5-8  FT

3-point FG: 4 (Cameron 2, Canty 2)

Rebounds: 28 (Pressley 8, Simmons 8, Asia Davis 5)

Assists: 18 (Cameron 6, Pressley 4, Canty 4)

Steals: 17 (Pressley 6, Davis 4)

Rose – Saporia Moore 4, Jillian Ebron 2, Myainya Daniels 8, Lauren Coltran 2, Takiya Smith 12, Erin Walden 8, Walker Allen 1.

Totals: 15-44 FG, 7-12 FT

Rebounds: 17 (Ebron 3, Walden 3, Allen 3)