West Caldwell trailed Draughn 12-10 after the first quarter of their game Friday but outscored the Wildcats 60-25 over the course of the final three periods to win in a 70-35 rout.
Sophomore guard Ja’Kobe Hood scored 23 points — 18 of which came in the second quarter alone — and Malek Patterson added 20 points for the Warriors. West Caldwell (6-2) is two games behind unbeaten Patton (7-0) in the Northwestern Foothills Athletic Conference standings. Hibriten hosts Patton tonight in the Panthers’ return from quarantine.
Truitt McKinney scored seven points for West Caldwell, followed by Mason Anthony, Lexton Ford, Kaylen Bowers and Isaiah Gause with four points each. Lucas Watson added two more for the Warriors, while Kayvien Felder and Quinton Ford finished with one point apiece.
Tonight, the Warriors host an East Burke team that has played only four games because of quarantine issues. West Caldwell can wrap up a playoff spot with a win and can move into a tie for the conference championship with Patton losses at Hibriten tonight and East Burke on Friday.
Cougars 45, Spartans 35
Alexander Central’s Avery Cook scored 16 points, and Evan Presnell added 12 more in Friday’s win over South Caldwell. The two Northwest Conference opponents met in a nonconference matchup; they will face off again Friday in a conference game.
The Spartans (5-5) were led by Trey Ramsey with 13 points, followed by Kaleb Reese with eight; Reese also pulled down eight rebounds. Isaiah Kirby scored seven points, while John Boyd and Colton Smith scored four points and three points, respectively.
South Caldwell hosts St. Stephens tonight.
Girls basketball Spartans 41, Titans 24
Olivia Miller scored 14 points as South Caldwell improved to 5-5 on the season with Friday’s win at home over McDowell.
The Spartans trailed 12-11 at the half but outscored the Titans 30-12 over the final two quarters to pull away.
Katlyn Wynn scored nine points for South Caldwell, followed by Kaylee Anderson with seven. Faith Curtis added four, and Kaitlyn Propst finished with three. Kylie Heavener and Chloe Phillips added two points apiece.
South Caldwell entertains St. Stephens tonight.
Panthers 72, Warriors 51
Peyton Boggs hit eight 3-pointers and finished with 30 points to lead Hibriten to a win over visiting West Iredell on Saturday.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 5-7 on the season and sweep the season series with the Warriors.
Hibriten hosted East Burke on Monday and visits West Caldwell on Thursday.
NFAC swimming all-conference list released
Hibriten’s girls swim team won the conference championship, and Panthers coach Jeanne Schlichting was named the NFAC’s girls’ coach of the year.
Hibriten’s Cassidy Lowe, Anna Reid and Laci McPeak were named to the girls’ all-conference squad along with West Caldwell’s Zoie Miller, while Jack Hillis was the Panthers’ lone representative on the boys’ list.
Local College Women’s Basketball Cobras 61, Cougars 55
Pasiko Gvichani scored 14 points to lead Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute over Central Carolina on Friday.
Akira Jenkins scored 10 points, while Amaja Mack added nine more. Amaya Adams and Mikya Lynch added eight points each; Mikayla Hill and Amiya Randles added five apiece, followed by Kaitlyn Brock with two.
The Cobras (5-2) are back home at 6 p.m., tonight against Brunswick Community College.