On Friday night the Independence basketball teams traveled to East Mecklenburg High School for a Southwestern 4A Conference game against the Eagles.
Independence 37, East Mecklenburg 25
After Tuesday’s night loss to Hickory Ridge, the Lady Patriots bounced back to take a road win over the Lady Eagles 37-25 in a Southwestern 4A Conference game. The Lady Patriots improved their record to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Indy’s sophomore Ayanna Anderson posted another double double scoring 12 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and getting 2 steals. Freshman Braylyn Milton led the team in scoring with 14 points. She also had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Brianna McManus had 6 points and 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 1 assist. Sharonda Smith added 3 points and had 2 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists. Laura Flynn scored 2 points and had 5 rebounds.
After the Lady Patriots took an early first quarter lead, the Lady Eagles kept the game close until the third quarter. The Lady Patriots outscored East Meck 11-2 in the third to take a 29-16 lead heading into the final period. Both teams had scoring difficulties in the fourth quarter. Indy could manage only 8 points but held the Lady Eagles to 9 points to take the conference win 37-25.
Independence 10 8 11 8 – 37
East Mecklenburg 7 7 2 9 – 25
Independence 72, East Mecklenburg 52
In the nightcap the Patriots jumped out to an early 20-13 lead and took a 35-23 half time lead. In the second half Indy applied its trapping defense and had a 57-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Patriots continued to increase their lead, and Coach Davis cleared his bench as his Patriots went on to a 72-52 conference win over the East Meck Eagles.
Jamarius Burton posted another double double scoring 18 points shooting 6-of-7 from the floor and hitting 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. Burton finished the night with 3 steals, 1 blocked shot and 1 steal. Junior Matthew Smith led the Patriots scoring with 19 points going 7-of-8 from the field and hitting 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Smith had 5 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 1 steal. Andra McKee was the third Indy player to post double figures. McKee added 11 points had 1 rebound, 4 steals and 1 assist. Jordan Mobley added 6 points, 2 steals and 2 assists. Raja Milton and Amonti Burton had 4 points each. Miles Pauldin, Lloyd Latta and Anthony Allen finished out the scoring with 2 points each.
Indy shot 49% from the floor hitting 27-of-55 shots and was 18-of-24 from the charity stripe for 67%.The Patriots stay perfect with a 5-0 overall record and are 2-0 in conference play.
Independence 20 15 22 15 – 72
East Mecklenburg 13 10 13 16 – 52