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Red Devils deal Wolfpack first loss

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WHITEVILLE — The Whiteville boys basketball team’s torrid stretch to start the season came to an end Friday night as Red Springs escaped with a 49-47 win away from home, providing the Wolfpack with their first loss in nine games.


Coming off their second consecutive Woodmen of the World Christmas Tournament title at West Bladen over the holiday break, the Wolfpack (8-1, 2-1) couldn’t convert in the final minute trailing by a bucket thanks to a stifling effort from the Red Devils’ backcourt.


Red Springs (7-4) parlayed two wins in the Robeson County Shootout into a momentum boost for Friday’s game and is now 3-0 along with Fairmont in conference play this season. The two top teams will tustle for sole possession first place on Tuesday night.


Lady Red Devils win


Behind a 14-point, 11-rebound double double from senior forward Shantanna Norris, Red Springs’ girls snapped a two-game losing streak with a 39-36 road victory.


Steven Sinclair’s squad overcame a nine-point deficit in the third quarter and improved to 4-7 this season. Red Springs is now 2-1 in the Three Rivers Conference.


Fairmont’s girls fall


FAIRMONT — Cindy Thorndyke knew her inexperienced girls basketball team at Fairmont had its hands full Friday night against defending league champion East Columbus.


And despite a strong second-half effort, a dreadful second quarter was too much to overcome.


The Lady Gators won their third straight to open Three Rivers play, downing Fairmont 49-37 on the road. East Columbus outscored the Lady Golden Tornadoes 14-3 in the second frame, pushing a tight game into a double-digit advantage.


“Turnovers and a couple long layups hurt us in the second quarter,” Thorndyke said. “We cut it to six in the third quarter then turned it over and they hit a 3. We did some good things, just too many mistakes. We need to try and take care of business against the teams we can beat.”


Freshman Carrington Mitchell led Fairmont with 15 points. Na’Jewell Ingram added 14 and eight rebounds.


The Lady Tornadoes (1-7, 1-2) are still adjusting to life without all-county point guard Anasia Evans who led Fairmont in points, assists and steals last season. Without a true ball-handler, the offense has struggled to find a rhythm.


Boys return the favor


Backed by a 32-point explosion in the fourth quarter, Fairmont broke open a tight game with East Columbus Friday night to win going away, 70-47.


Fairmont (8-4, 3-0) avenged last year’s conference tournament title game to the Gators on the same floor with a season-high 17-point effort from senior guard Shemar Barfield.


“They match up well with us and gave us a good go until the fourth quarter,” Fairmont coach Michael Baker. “We had a good spurt there that got us going.”


BOX SCORES


BOYS


St. Pauls 64, West Columbus 61


W. Columbus 8 11 17 25 — 61


St. Pauls 15 16 14 19 — 64


West Columbus — Anthony Davis 17, Marquis York 14, Earl Jenkins 10, McFadden 7, Evans 7, Keel 4, Banks 2, Johnson 2.


St. Pauls — Malik Livingston 26, Zeke Sansbury 12, Jacobs 8, Murchison 7, Brooks 6, Patterson 5.


3-Point Goals — WC: Davis 2; STP: Livingston 3.


Records — West Columbus 3-5, 0-3; St. Pauls 2-9, 1-3.


Fairmont 70, East Columbus 47


East Columbus 5 14 15 14 — 47


Fairmont 13 14 11 32 — 70


Fairmont — Shemar Barfield 17, Malik Milton 12, Anthony Watson 12, Neal 5.


Records — Fairmont 8-4, 3-0; East Columbus 2-7, 1-2.


Red Springs 49, Whiteville 47


Records — Red Springs 7-4, 3-0; Whiteville 8-1, 2-1.


Girls


St. Pauls 52, West Columbus 26


W. Columbus 10 2 3 11 — 26


St Pauls 8 13 23 8 — 52


St. Pauls — Tia Glover 18, Alexus Roberson 13, Locklear 6, Lesane 6 Tamara Glover 5, Lewis 2, Davis 2


West Columbus — Frink 10, Flowers 9, Jackson 4, Whitehead 3.


Records — St. Pauls 5-7, 3-0; West Columbus 1-7, 0-2.


Red Springs 39, Whiteville 36


Red Springs 9 4 12 14 — 39


Whiteville 8 12 10 6 — 36


Red Springs — Shantanna Norris 14, Robyn McPhaul 11, Rocio Pecina 11, Snow 2, Leach 1.


Records — Red Springs 4-7, 2-1; Whiteville 1-7, 0-3.


East Columbus 49, Fairmont 37


East Columbus 13 14 11 10 — 49


Fairmont 12 3 8 11— 37


Fairmont — Carrington Mitchell 15, Na’Jewell Ingram 14, Clewis 8.


Records — Fairmont 1-7, 1-2; East Columbus 5-5, 3-0.

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