CHARLOTTE – Tuesday night was senior night at Independence High School. The Lady Patriots took a 77-29 blowout conference victory over the Porter Ridge Lady Pirates. In the men’s game, the Patriots stayed undefeated by taking a 76-61 conference win over the Pirates.
Porter Ridge 29, Independence 77
Freshman Kaylee Carson posted a double-double for the Lady Patriots. She scored 12 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, and had 4 assists. Senior Jessica Timmons led the team with 46 points. She shot 82% from the floor hitting 18-of-22 shots. She also had 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and had 3 steals. Braylyn Milton added 13 points, 3 rebounds, a team-high 9 assists, and 1 steal. Averie DiBenedetto scored 2 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, had 2 assists and 1 steal. Gracie Breckenridge had 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Chloe Moss scored 2 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, and had 2 assists. The Lady Patriots jumped out to a 17-2 first-quarter lead and never slowed down, finishing the first quarter with a 22-4 lead. In the second quarter, the Lady Pirates scored 10 points, but the Lady Patriots added 27 points to take a 49-14 halftime lead. In the second half, the Lady Patriots activated the running clock by taking a forty point lead. With the continuous clock and Coach Lauren Galvani making a multitude of substitutions, the Lady Patriots outscored their opponents 14-10. In the final quarter, Indy scored 14 more points while holding Porter Ridge to only 5 points, As time was running out Coach Galvani put her seniors back on the court to finish the senior night.
Porter Ridge 4 10 10 5 – 29
Independence 22 27 14 14 – 77
On Tuesday night the Porter Ridge Pirates jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before Indy’s Amir Davenport cut the lead in half with a 3-pointer at the 5:06 mark. Tachai Miller cut the score to one 6-5 on a steal and a drive down the lane. Miller then gave the Patriots their first lead by hitting two free throws to make the score 7-6 with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter. Porter Ridge fought back to take an 11-7 lead. However, Indy’s Ralph Johnson scored on an inbounds play and Landon King tied the score at 11-11. At the 1:42 mark, Landon King hit a 3-pointer to give Indy a 14-11 lead and the Patriots never trailed again. After King’s 3-pointer, he made two free throws to give the Patriots a five-point lead 16-11. With 15 seconds left Divine Allah hit a baseline 3-pointer to make the score 19-11, but Porter Ridge scored with nine seconds showing on the clock to make the score 19-13 at the end of the first period. Indy started the second quarter on an 11-0 run. Camren Little started the run with a drive down the middle of the lane. Jalen Hinton hit a 3-pointer followed by a Divine Allah basket. After Landon King made two from the charity stripe, Tachai Miller got a steal and passed to Divine Allah who made the score 30-13 with 4:35 left in the first half. With 4:20 showing on the clock, Porter Ridge went on a short run by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers making the score 30-19. Indy’s Jalen Hinton answered with two made free throws. After Porter Ridge Ridge made a free throw, Landon King drained a 3-pointer and then scored on a layup giving Indy a 37-20 lead. The Pirates answered with a basket. Then Jalen Hinton hit a 3-pointer from the baseline to make the score 40-22. The Pirates finished out the first half by making two from the charity stripe to make the half time score 40-24.
The second half started out with the Pirates scoring an old-fashion 3-point play and then hitting a short jumper to make the score 40-29. With 5:20 to go in the quarter, Isaiah Thomas scored on a baseline drive. Ralph Johnson added two more points on a jumper to make the score 46-31. With 3:28 remaining, Indy had the ball out-of-bounds under its own basket. The inbounds pass went to Divine Allah for the layup making the score 48-34. At the 2:06 mark, Camren Little scored and was fouled putting Indy up 52-38. Then at the 1:39 mark Little nailed a 3-pointer making the score 55-38. Isaiah Thomas added a basket for the Patriots while the Pirates finished the quarter with three points to make the score 57-41. Porter Ridge started the final period with a 6-0 run cutting Indy’s lead to ten points 57-47. With 6:08 left in the game Indy’s Divine Allah drove the baseline for a basket. Jalen Hinton made a free throw to make the score 60-47. However, the Pirates answered with a 3-point bucket staying within ten points 60-50. Indy jumped back out to a 14-point lead on baskets by Isaiah Thomas and Tachai Miller. Indy maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game and took a 76-61 conference win over the Pirates. Landon King led the Patriots with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Jalen Hinton added 14 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Divine Allah scored 11 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, and had 1 assist. Isaiah Thomas had 11 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, had 2 assists, and 1 steal. Camren Little added 10 points, had 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Tachai Miller scored 6 points and 4 rebounds. He had 6 assists and 1 steal. Ralph Johnson scored 4 points with 1 rebound and 1 steal. Amir Davenport scored 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
Porter Ridge 13 11 17 20 – 61
Independence 19 21 17 19 – 76