On Friday night the Independence High School Basketball teams traveled to Garinger High School for Southwestern 4A Conference games against the Wildcats
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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