Hibriten and Alexander Central will be conference mates come August, and the Panthers got acquainted with the Cougars a little early when the two met on the basketball court Wednesday.
The Panthers had an unexpected opening on their girls basketball schedule when West Caldwell ended its season early because the Warriors had a couple of players get hurt against East Burke on Tuesday and decided it was in the best interests of the team to not play Wednesday.
Enter Alexander Central. The Cougars had an opening on their schedule, so the Panthers made the short trip to Taylorsville. Alexander Central didn’t prove to be a hospitable host, though, as the Cougars defeated the Panthers 60-42.
The first quarter ended in a 13-13 tie, and the Cougars scratched out a six-point lead at the half, 31-25, and outscored the Panthers 18-5 in the third to seize control of the game.
Katie Story led the Panthers with 19 points, and she was 5-for-11 from behind the 3-point arc. MiQuisha Patterson scored seven points, followed by Zoey Walker with six. Peyton Boggs and Jada Brown finished with three points apiece, while Kelli Sanders and Katie Greene scored two points each.
Hibriten’s season ends with a record of 6-8.
Boys Basketball Panthers 53, Tigers 49
Hibriten defeated Fred T. Foard in a game started on one floor but ended on another. Panthers guard Daren Perry broke free down the floor and shattered a backboard with a thunderous dunk that forced the game to be finished at Jacobs Fork Middle School.
The Panthers end their season with a mark of 4-3.
Boys Soccer Panthers 4, Cavaliers 0
Hibriten’s Gerardo Rodriguez scored three goals, and Kevin Rios-Rivera had a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s shutout win over East Burke.
David Franquiz and Grayson Clark added an assist each; Mack Waters and Kendal Bryant split the shutout in goal.
The Panthers (7-0) are scheduled to host West Iredell on Monday and visit Patton on Wednesday.
In other boys soccer action Wednesday, West Caldwell defeated Patton 3-1, and Watauga beat South Caldwell 9-0.
The Warriors (3-2) have a busy week coming up with three games set, while the Spartans (2-4) are scheduled to visit Alexander Central tonight. South Caldwell will host Freedom on Monday and Hickory on Wednesday.
High School Football
Hibriten’s home scrimmage against Freedom, originally scheduled to be played at 6 p.m., tonight, has been moved to Saturday at McDowell High School because Thursday’s heavy rain rendered Hibriten’s field unplayable. Wet weather has taken a toll on fields in the area.
The scrimmage, which will be played on McDowell’s artificial turf, will begin sometime between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Saturday after the two teams have had a proper warmup.