Patriots tame the Wildcats

Braylyn Milton drives for a layup against the Wildcats in Friday’s conference win.(Ron Morris)
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On Friday night the Independence High School Basketball teams traveled to Garinger High School for Southwestern 4A Conference games against the Wildcats

Women’s Game

Independence 61, Garinger 10

In the women’s game, the Lady Patriots got off to a fast start and went on to a 61-10 blowout road win over the Lady Wildcats.

Indy’s Sharonda Smith jumps for a loose ball against Garinger Friday night. The Lady Patriots won the game 61-10.(Ron Morris)

The Lady Patriots nailed six three-point field goals five of which came in the first half.  Senior guard Brianna McManus made four from behind the three point arc, with junior Sharonda Smith adding two more.

Indy’s Ayanna Anderson is defended on the baseline by Deja Washington. (Ron Morris)

After taking a 16-4 first quarter lead, the Lady Patriots finished the first half by scoring 24 second quarter points and holding the Lady Wildcats to only 3 second quarter points.

Brianna McManus led the Lady Patriots with 14 points.  Sharonda Smith added 12 points.  Braylyn Milton was the third Indy player to score in double figures with 10 points.

Indy’s Alexandria Barrino (30) goes up for a shot and is defended by Garinger’s SaaJada McManus.(Ron Morris)

Ayanna Anderson had 7 points and led the team with 11 rebounds.  Aaliyah Lowery had 6 points, Alexandria Barrino 4, Laura Flynn, Azuria Barrino and Brianna Grant had 2 points each.

The Lady Patriots improved their record to 13-9 overall and 6-6 in conference play.

Independence   16  24  12   9  –  61

Grainger             4    3    0    3  – 10

Men’s Game

Independence 78, Garinger 36

The Independence Patriots’ men’s varsity basketball team routed the Garinger Wildcats in a Southwestern 4A Conference game Friday night at Garinger High School.

Indy’s Jamarius Burton (2) drives to the basket and draws the foul against Garinger in Friday night’s game at Garinger High School.(Ron Morris)

In the nightcap the Patriots had four players scoring in double digits.  Junior guard Andra’  “AJ” McKee led the Patriots with 17 points.  Raja Milton poured in 14 points while Jamarius Burton and Matthew Smith added 10 points each.  Smith led the Patriots in rebounding grabbing four offensive and four defensive boards.  Burton had seven rebounds. Miles Pauldin had finished the night with three offensive and three defensive boards,Senior Jordan Mobley finished the night with 8 points. Jalen Stewart-Twine had 7 points, Miles Pauldin 4, Anthony Allen and Amonti Buton had 3 points each and Travis Burgess finished with 2 points.

Andra’ “AJ” McKee puts up two of his 17 points in Indy’s conference win over Garinger.(Ron Morris)

Indy jumped out to a 18-10 first quarter lead and added 17 second quarter points to take a 35-21 half time lead.  In the third quarter Coach Davis substituted frequently and by midway through the quarter all the starters were taking a rest.  Between the starters and the substitutes, the Patriots poured in 23 points while holding Garinger to 9 third quarter points.

Indy’s Matthew Smith (1) powers to the basket against Garinger’s Shyheed Williams in the Patriots win over the Wildcats.(Ron Morris)

Coach Davis started the final stanza with his starters on the court, and by midway through the period they were once again taking a rest while Coach Davis played different combinations as his team scored 20 fourth points to take a 78-36 victory over the Garinger Wildcats.

Jalen Stewart-Twine (23) shoots over Garinger’s Moza Kamara in the fourth quarter of Friday’s win.(Ron Morris)

Going into the final week of conference play Indy holds a two game lead in the Southwestern 4A Conference with a 12-0 record.  Rocky River is in second place with a 10-2 conference record.

Indy will finish the season with Rocky River Tuesday night at home, and on Friday the Patriots will travel to Myers Park for the final regular season game before the conference tournament begins at Myers Park High School.

Independence  18  17  23  20  –  78

Grainger          10  11    9    6  –   36

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