North boys have impressive start

Published 12:24 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2024

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The North Davie JV boys basketball team started the season in impressive fashion.

Wade Ridenhour and Levi Morales scored in double figures and Tannyr Carrier handed out five assists as the Wildcats toppled Southeast, 39-17, at home on Jan. 8. The game was decided in the second quarter, when North scored 13 straight points to create a 21-5 halftime lead.

Ridenhour and Morales scored 11 and 10 points. Carrier had 8 points to go with his assists. Nathan Smith had 5, Jodee Rosales 3 and Peyton Jordan 2.

“We had a great second quarter,” coach Trevor Gooch said. “Wade and Levi got us going early offensively. Tannyr had a nice game playing point guard.”

Also on the North roster are Sawyer Hall, Cass Davis, Evan Hempstead and Jacob Self.

ND 40, CG 19

In North’s second game on Jan. 11, the visiting Wildcats hit China Grove with an early 3-point barrage and roared to 2-0. It was 13-3 after the first quarter.

“We came out red hot with four 3-pointers (two from Carrier and one each from Ridenhour and Rosales) in the first half,” Gooch said.

Carrier paced North with 14 points, and Smith tallied eight points and seven rebounds. Ridenhour had seven points, Morales six, Rosales three and Jordan two.

“Nathan Smith had a nice game in the post,” Gooch said.

SD 24, C-L 21

South Davie had to navigate four quarters without one of its top players (Dreighton Lunnerman), but the Tigers got it done in their opener against visiting Corriher-Lipe on Jan. 8.

That South walked away victorious was largely due to Jared Vaughters, who poured in 16 of his team’s 24 points. The sixth grader outscored the Yellow Jackets by himself (7-2) in the first quarter.

South’s lead was 12-2 after six minutes, but Corriher-Lipe did not roll over. The visitors went on an 8-0 run in the second and it was 19-19 heading into the fourth. South pulled it out by scoring five of the seven points in the final period.

“(Vaughters) has got some potential,” said coach Germain Mayfield, who is eager to plug Lunnerman into the starting lineup this week. “We get our best athlete (on Jan. 16), and Dreighton’s going to make a huge difference. So we should look a little better (this) game. I should have kept him on the varsity team, but I wanted him to have the chance to wrestle as well. And he would have had to choose if I did.”

Crosby Parker was second with 4 points. Kayden Young had 3, while James Martin and Colson Dulin had 1. Other players on the team are Brody Lagle, Luke Rosenquist, Kyllan Dulin, Colten Cothren and Henry Corriher.