MINT HILL, NC – On Friday night Independence High School varsity basketball teams played host to the Garinger Wildcats in a Southwestern 4A Conference matchup.
Women’s game Garinger 16, Independence 83
The Independence women’s basketball team didn’t waste any time Friday night as the Lady Patriots jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first four minutes and coasted to an 83-16 home win.
Indy started the quarter with a 14-0 run on two baskets by Jessica Timmons and Kaylee Carson scoring on an inbounds play and a jumper, Braylyn Milton hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Patriots their 14-point lead.
After the Lady Wildcats’ three-point basket, Indy’s Gracie Breckenridge pulled down an offensive rebound and scored. Twenty seconds later she grabbed another offensive rebound and with the stick back made the score 18-3. After baskets by Jessica Timmons and Kaylee Carson, Gracie Breckenridge drained a foul-line jumper to give Indy a 24-3 first-quarter lead.
Jessica Timmons started the second quarter with five quick points followed by an old-fashion 3-point play by Chloe Moss to make the score 33-3. With 3:17 remaining Braylyn Milton knocked down a 3-pointer. Gracie Breckenridge scored in the lane and again on an offensive rebound. Jessica Timmons finished the half on a drive down the lane to make the half time score 42-11.
With 4:41 left in the third quarter, Kaylee Carson triggered the continuous clock with a jumper to make the score 54-13. The Lady Patriots posted 12 more points to make the score 66-15 heading into the final period.
Even with the continuous clock the Lady Patriots still posted 17-points while holding the Lady Wildcats to only one point to take the 83-16 conference win.
Jessica Timmons posted a double-double scoring 25 points and coming up with 10 steals. She also had 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Gracie Breckenridge also posted a double-double. She scored 14 points, pulled down 10 boards, 2 assists, and 2 blocked shots. Kaylee Carson poured in 16 points, had 4 rebounds, 7 seven assists, 3 steals and 1 blocked shot. Chloe Moss scored 12 points, got 4 rebounds, and had 2 assists. Braylyn Milton added 10 points, a team-high 9 assists, and 3 steals. Averie DiBenedetto had 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 6 steals. Tamia Burgess scored 2 points, 1 assist, 3 steals, and 2 blocked shots. Lily Todd hit for 1 point, grabbed 4 rebounds, and had 1 steal.
Garinger 3 8 4 1 – 16
Independence 24 18 24 17 – 83
Men’s Game Garinger 21, Independence 67
Independence moved to 5-0 in the Southwestern 4A Conference play with a 67-21 home win over the Garinger Wildcats.
Jalen Hinton led the Patriots with 20 points. He had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Landon King added 10 points, had 3 assists and 3 steals. Camren Little scored 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocked shots. Amir Davenport had 6 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Sabastian Taylor scored 6 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Ralph Johnson had 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 1 blocked shot. Reginald Smith scored 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Bryce Brooks added 4 points and 1 assist. Divine Allah 3 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists,1 steal, and 1 blocked shot. Tachai Miller 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Dyshawn Taylor 1 point, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist.
Indy’s Jalen Hinton started the game with six straight points on his way to 12 first-quarter points as the Patriots sprinted out to a 29-7 first-quarter lead.
Indy didn’t let up in the second quarter adding 26 points to the team’s total while holding Garinger scoreless to make the halftime score 55-7.
With the mercy rule in effect at the start of the second half, Indy scored only eight third-quarter points. The Wildcats added nine points to their total making the score 63-16 at the end of three quarters.
Indy’s fourth-quarter play did not find favor with head coach Preston Davis. The Patriots scored only four points in the final period to take the conference win by a score of 67-21.
Garinger 7 0 9 5 – 21
Independence 29 26 8 4 – 67