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By Brad Crawford bcrawford@civitasmedia.com

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ST. PAULS — Slowing the tempo and crashing the boards is always a pre-game teaching point before facing Fairmont’s boys basketball team.

But throughout the Golden Tornadoes’ three years of dominance in the Three Rivers Conference, that plan has often crumpled beneath a bench chair midway through the second quarter.

On Friday night, St. Pauls suffered a similar fate as Fairmont turned the Bulldogs over 24 times and nearly doubled the opposition’s rebounding total to win its seventh consecutive game, 96-55.

“I was pleased with our effort and the way we got after it,” Fairmont coach Michael Baker said.

The Golden Tornadoes (13-4, 8-0) continued their unbeaten tear during league play with a relentless attack in the paint, converting 13 second-chance buckets in the opening half. Da’Shawn Fields’ putback six minutes into the game sparked a 31-6 run that spanned most of the second quarter.

“It all starts with our defense,” said Fairmont senior guard Shemar Barfield who rocked the rim with a breakaway slam in the fourth. “If we can get all five guys to get to the boards at the defensive end, we play pretty well.”

Senior point guard Jarrod Neal contributed a career-high 12 assists to go along with 10 points. He was one of five players in double figures for the Golden Tornadoes led by 15 from Shyheim Hines.

Fairmont’s won 15 straight in the rivalry series. The Bulldogs’ last win against the Golden Tornadoes came in February 2008.

Fairmont returns to the court Tuesday against West Columbus.

Glover lights up Fairmont

Driving layups, free throws and 3-pointers.

There weren’t many shots St. Pauls twin sister Tia Glover didn’t find out of her range in the first half of Friday’s 64-50 win over Fairmont.

The junior guard poured in a career-high 28 points — 19 before intermission — as the Lady Bulldogs (7-10, 5-3) snapped a two-game skid. It was the most points St. Pauls’ girls have scored in a game since 2010.

Fairmont (2-11, 2-6) trimmed a 16-point deficit to five in the third quarter before another triple and a baseline floater from Glover gave St. Pauls breathing room. Freshman Carrington Mitchell led her team with 19 points while Na’Jewell Ingram poured in 13 of her 16 points in the second half.

Lady Devils win third straight

RED SPRINGS — Red Springs’ girls basketball team won their third consecutive game in the Three Rivers Conference Friday night, suffocating South Robeson and area leading scorer A’Terria Quick, 60-31.

Nine of Quick’s game-high 21 points came at the free-throw line as the Red Devils used dominance in transition to down the Lady Mustangs. Senior guard Robyn McPhaul reached double figures for the fourth straight contest for Red Springs after pouring in 17 points.

Forward Shantanna Norris added 18 points and three blocks.

“We’re coming together at the right time,” said head coach Steven Sinclair.

Red Springs boys win again

Fueled by 21 points from Tavion Thompson and a double-double from senior guard Jared Foster, Red Springs’ boys stayed one game behind Fairmont in the conference standings with a convincing 76-45 win over South Robeson.

The Red Devils (12-5, 7-1) never looked back after jumping out to a 28-point lead at halftime. Foster, the team’s leading scorer for the season, contributed 10 points and 11 assists while Jamison Baker had a double-double of his own with the 13-10 variety.

Swett suffers home loss

PEMBROKE — Hoke County turned up the heat defensively in the second half to stop Swett’s boys, 82-62.

Brad Crawford can be reached at 910-272-6111 or on Twitter @MrPalmettoSDS.



Fairmont 96, St. Pauls 55

Fairmont 27 27 22 20 — 96

St. Pauls 15 8 16 16 — 55

FAIRMONT — Shyheim Hines 15, Malik Milton 12, Watson 13, Jarrod Neal 10, Da’Shawn Fields 10, Barfield 8, Leonard 8, Green 4, Flick 6, Ransom 4, Williams 4, McQueen 2.

ST. PAULS — Zeke Sansbury 11, Livingston 9, Graham 7, Bullard 6, Murchison 6, Jacobs 6, Muller 3, Bain 2.

3-Point Goals — FMT: Neal 2, Milton. STP: Bullard 2, Jacobs, Muller, Livingston.

Technicals — STP: Brooks, Patterson.

Records — Fairmont 13-4, 8-0; St. Pauls 3-13, 2-6.

Red Springs 76, South Robeson 45

Highlights — Red Springs moved to 7-1 in Three Rivers play behind a double-double from Jared Foster and Tavion Thompson’s 21-point outing.

Records — Red Springs 12-5, 7-1.

Hoke 82, Purnell Swett 62


Red Springs 60, South Robeson 31

Red Springs 19 17 16 8 — 60

South Robeson 8 7 7 9 — 31

RED SPRINGS — Robyn McPhaul 18, Shantanna Norris 17, Rocio Pecina 11, Leach 7, Snow 5, Smith 2.

SOUTH ROBESON — A’Terria Quick 21.

Records — Red Springs 8-9, 6-2; South Robeson 4-8, 4-3.

St. Pauls 64, Fairmont 50

Fairmont 9 10 16 15 — 50

St. Pauls 17 17 13 17 — 64

FAIRMONT — Carrington Mitchell 19, Na’Jewell Ingram 16, Clewis 8

ST. PAULS — Tia Glover 28, Tamara Glover 11, Locklear 9, Roberson 8, Lesane 6, Mitchell 2.

3-Point Goals — FMT: Mitchell 2, Ingram. STP: Ti. Glover 4.

Technicals — STP: Lewis.

Records — Fairmont 2-11, 2-6; St. Pauls 7-10, 5-3.

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