Friday’s roundup: Turnovers haunt UNCP women in home opener

Staff report

November 14, 2013

PEMBROKE – Despite a game-high 20 points from Jazmine Kemp, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke women’s basketball team lost 58-54 visiting Coker, 58-54, in its home opener on Thursday at the English E. Jones Center.

A myriad of turnovers once again hurt the Lady Braves (0-2), as the Cobras (2-0) scored 22 points off of 27 UNCP turnovers.

“I thought we were decent defensively, I thought we did a pretty good job for most of the game. The obvious thing that stands out is our inability to handle double teams and handle their pressure,” said UNCP coach John Haskins.

The Cobras made the first bucket of the game after a jump shot from Jessica Cohen, but the Braves responded quickly with a layup from Kierra Haney to even the score. Haney’s layup sparked a 16-3 run. Coker worked its way back, keeping UNCP scoreless for the next four minutes, and back-to-back made free throws from Tanesha Stenson gave the Cobras a 17-16 lead. The momentum stayed in favor of the Cobras for the remainder of the period, after a 3-point shot from Hailey Yohn put the Cobras up 26-22. UNCP made the final two shots of the half, as a free throw from Jonissa Monley and a layup from Ashley McCray cut the Braves’ deficit to 28-25 heading into the intermission.

Coker remained on top for the first seven minutes of the second half, but Haney drained a layup and then made good on the three-point play to give UNCP a 34-33 lead. The remainder of the contest stayed close, neither team able to jump ahead by more than five. With less than two minutes to go, Haney drilled a jump shot, making it a one-point contest, 51-50, in favor of the Cobras. The final minute played out as a free-throw shooting contest. The Cobras were perfect from the line in the final 28 seconds.

“We had 27 turnovers and the other thing is we were 0-13 from the 3-point line,” Haskins said. “I thought we got a lot of good looks with our good shooters, we just couldn’t knock them down.”

1940s football players to attend game

UNCP football players from the program’s infancy in the late 1940s will be attending Saturday’s football game between the Braves and Virginia- Lynchburg.

Delton Ray and Clyde Locklear, as well as Jesse and Robert “Bob” Oxendine – who starred on the gridiron for the Braves as members of the first football team – will be recognized during the game as well. These prominent members of the local community were also military veterans (World War II) as well.

Jesse Oxendine showed his extreme excitement and gratitude about returning to Pembroke from his home in Charlotte on Saturday.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be able to come back on Saturday, especially after the Braves have turned in such a successful year,” he said. “I am really looking forward to being able to reminisce. The school has made tremendous strides, especially in the community, since I was enrolled there.

“Time has caught up to a lot of the guys that played on those teams back in the late 1940s, but I am sure they will be there in spirit. Saturday will bring back a lot of good memories for all of us.”

Charles named finalist for Hill Trophy

Football player Luke Charles continued to rake in the recognition on Thursday morning as the senior from Murphy was named as one of seven regional finalists for the 2013 Harlon Hill Trophy, the organization announced.

The Harlon Hill Trophy is presented annually to the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year. The award has been presented for the last 27 years in December on the eve of the Division II Football Championship Game in Florence. This year’s group of 28 candidates includes 17 quarterbacks, seven running backs, three receivers and a linebacker. There are 20 seniors, five juniors and three sophomores.

The winner of the 2013 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the 28th annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, December 20 at the Florence Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. This year’s Hill Trophy Banquet will also include the 15th induction into the Division II Football Hall of Fame.

Charles has thrown for 2,928 yards and 25 touchdowns this season on 277-of-406 passing with just eight interceptions. The owner of 30 single game, season or career records, Charles needs 51 more passing yards this season to eclipse his own school record he established in 2011. He needs just one more touchdown pass to break his own single season mark for that statistic as well.

Braves hosting basketball invitational

Looking to improve on its already perfect start to the season, the UNCP men’s basketball team will embark on its season-opening home contests of the 2013-14 campaign on today and Saturday when the Braves host Belmont Abbey, Coker and Limestone in the latest installment of the UNCP Invitational in the English E. Jones Center.

There will be four games played over the course of the two days, with Coker taking on Belmont Abbey at 3:30 p.m., and UNCP hosting Limestone at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening. On Saturday, Coker and Limestone will start the day’s games at 4 p.m. before UNCP and Belmont Abbey close out the festivities in Saturday’s nightcap beginning at 6 p.m.

Lumberton hoops tips off tonight

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton boys and girls basketball teams will be hosting the annual Friday Night with Reg event tonight to mark the start of the season.

The event, which starts at 7 p.m. and has a $5 admission fee, will include scrimmages between the teams and prizes for spectators.

Red Springs 5K on Saturday

RED SPRINGS — The Red Springs High School track and field and cross country team is hosting a 5K run/walk on Saturday that will benefit both the teams and Relay for Life.

The race will start at the at the Red Springs High School gym. Registration starts at 8:30 that morning with the race at 10. There is a $20 fee and the first 50 registrants receive a free shirt.

For information contact Charles Johnson at, or call Katasha Oxendine at 910-785-4520.

LISL winter registration open

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton Indoor Soccer League is accepting registration for league play beginning in December. The league is open to boys and girls in grades 2-8. All practices and games are held at Carroll Middle School in Lumberton. The registration fee is $70.00 and the deadline is November 30th. For information or to register contact Kenny Simmons at (910) 258-8620 or email