Lumberton teams cruise to district championship games

By ANDREW ABADIE,

LUMBERTON – Both Lumberton boys’ and girls’ basketball teams came away with double-digit wins on Thursday night to secure spots in their respective championship games. 

 

The Lady Panthers made quick against Salem in the 64-21 win.

 

In the girls’ game, Lumberton jumped out a 32-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. According to Lumberton head coach Jonathan Edwards, having fast starts had been an area of emphasis for his team. 

 

“We had been looking for fast starts,” Edwards said. “Early in the season, we had a lot of slow starts and they plagued us, and we lost a few close games. It costed us. We had been stressing in practice in the last couple of months that we have got to have fast starts. We changed our practice structure so that we can start fast.” 

 

The Lady Panthers were able to do it all offensively by scoring from the fast break, drive inside and make several defensive stops, which let Lumberton take a 44-11 halftime lead and cruise in the second half. 

 

I’m happy with everything because we had a balanced game with scoring, rebounding [and] assists. We had three players in double-figures and four players with five rebounds or more. I’m pleased with the balance and I think that is going to carry us a long way.

 

Kirsten Joseph scored a team-high of 26 points, Jennifer Molder totaled 12 points and Makia Willis scored 11 points in the win. 

 

Lumberton will play Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. in the Region 8-1A district championship game on Friday. 

 

“They are going to be tough. They played us tough the last time we played them at their place. When we played them here, they were missing four players. I’m looking forward to it, and I think the girls are geared up for it and looking forward to it too.”

 

Like the girls, the Lumberton boys secured a spot in the district championship game after defeating Richton, 77-57.

 

Also like the girls’ team, the Panthers had a fast start and jumped out to an 18-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. 

 

The one-two punch of Robert Henry and Travon Jessie combined for 51 points and helped the Panthers take as much as a 26-point lead. 

 

We scored the ball real well tonight. Travon Jessie, he came up big. He was the wild card and he came through. 

 

[Robert Henry] is just a true athlete and he does a lot for us. We need him and I’m glad he’s on my team. 

 

Henry scored a team-leading 27 points while Jessie came up with 24 points. 

 

Lumberton will play Salem for the Region 8-1A district championship at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

 

“It’s playoff time and I’ve been around basketball long enough to know anything is possible,” Edwards said. “We have got to be ready. We are going to come in tomorrow to do shoot around, go through walk-throughs and we are going to tear it up.”

 

GIRLS SCORE

Lumberton 64, Salem 21

At Lumberton

 

Lumberton (16-6, 8-0) – Kirsten Joseph 11 4-6 26, Jameya Johnson 3 1-2 8, Jennifer Molder 5 2-2 12, T’Anna Edwards 2 0-1 4, Makia Willis 5 1-5 11, McKayla Howington 1 1-2 3, Shawnessy Brown 1 0-0 2. Field Goals: 28, Free Throws: 9-18, Total Points: 64. 

 

Salem (1-20, 0-8) – Aisha Easterling 1 0-0 2, Keunia Bridges 1 1-3 3, Ashanti Tyson 2 0-1 5, Makayla Rubio 1 2-2 4, Clarissa Campbell 3 1-2 7. Field Goals: Free Throws: 4-8, Total Points 21. 

 

LB        32        12        11        9          -           64

SALEM             2          9          7          3          -           21

 

3-Pointers LB 1 (Johnson), Salem 1 (Tyson). Total Fouls: LB 15, Salem 11. Fouled Out: None.  

 

BOYS SCORE

Lumberton 77, Salem 57

At Lumberton 

 

Lumberton – Omarion Chaney 1 0-0 3, Tyler Bush 4 3-3 12, Robert Henry 12 0-0 27, Trevon Jessie 10 2-2 24, K’Nylan Willis 1 0-0 2, Roland O’Banner 1 0-0 2, Hayden Campbell 3 0-0 6. Field Goals: 32, Free Throws: 5-5, Total Points 77

 

Richton – Ty Richard 3 1-1 7, Marquell Smith 7 4-4 19, Dylan Farve 6 6-7 18, Jacob Brunson 2 2-4 6, Kylin Bolton 0 0-2 0, Jacob Herring 1 0-0 3. Field Goals: 19, Free Throws: 13-18, Total Points: 57.

 

LB        18        24        16        19        -           77

RC        8          17        13        19        -           57

 

3-Pointers – LB 7 (Henry 3, Jessie 2, Bush, Chaney), RC 2 (Smith, Herring). Total Fouls: LB 12, RC 9, Fouled Out: Willis. 

 

LUMBERTON – Both Lumberton boys’ and girls’ basketball teams came away with double-digit wins on Thursday night to secure spots in their respective championship games.

The Lady Panthers made quick against Salem in the 64-21 win.

In the girls’ game, Lumberton jumped out a 32-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. According to Lumberton head coach Jonathan Edwards, having fast starts had been an area of emphasis for his team.

“We had been looking for fast starts,” Edwards said. “Early in the season, we had a lot of slow starts and they plagued us, and we lost a few close games. It costed us. We had been stressing in practice in the last couple of months that we have got to have fast starts. We changed our practice structure so that we can start fast.”

The Lady Panthers were able to do it all offensively by scoring from the fast break, drive inside and make several defensive stops, which let Lumberton take a 44-11 halftime lead and cruise in the second half.

I’m happy with everything because we had a balanced game with scoring, rebounding [and] assists. We had three players in double-figures and four players with five rebounds or more. I’m pleased with the balance and I think that is going to carry us a long way.

Kirsten Joseph scored a team-high of 26 points, Jennifer Molder totaled 12 points and Makia Willis scored 11 points in the win.

Lumberton will play Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. in the Region 8-1A district championship game on Friday.

“They are going to be tough. They played us tough the last time we played them at their place. When we played them here, they were missing four players. I’m looking forward to it, and I think the girls are geared up for it and looking forward to it too.”

Like the girls, the Lumberton boys secured a spot in the district championship game after defeating Richton, 77-57.

Also like the girls’ team, the Panthers had a fast start and jumped out to an 18-8 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The one-two punch of Robert Henry and Travon Jessie combined for 51 points and helped the Panthers take as much as a 26-point lead.

We scored the ball real well tonight. Travon Jessie, he came up big. He was the wild card and he came through.

[Robert Henry] is just a true athlete and he does a lot for us. We need him and I’m glad he’s on my team.

Henry scored a team-leading 27 points while Jessie came up with 24 points.

Lumberton will play Salem for the Region 8-1A district championship at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

“It’s playoff time and I’ve been around basketball long enough to know anything is possible,” Edwards said. “We have got to be ready. We are going to come in tomorrow to do shoot around, go through walk-throughs and we are going to tear it up.”

GIRLS SCORE

Lumberton 64, Salem 21

At Lumberton

Lumberton (16-6, 8-0) – Kirsten Joseph 11 4-6 26, Jameya Johnson 3 1-2 8, Jennifer Molder 5 2-2 12, T’Anna Edwards 2 0-1 4, Makia Willis 5 1-5 11, McKayla Howington 1 1-2 3, Shawnessy Brown 1 0-0 2. Field Goals: 28, Free Throws: 9-18, Total Points: 64.

Salem (1-20, 0-8) – Aisha Easterling 1 0-0 2, Keunia Bridges 1 1-3 3, Ashanti Tyson 2 0-1 5, Makayla Rubio 1 2-2 4, Clarissa Campbell 3 1-2 7. Field Goals: Free Throws: 4-8, Total Points 21.

LB  32 12  11 9  - 64

SALEM  2 9 7 3 - 21

3-Pointers LB 1 (Johnson), Salem 1 (Tyson). Total Fouls: LB 15, Salem 11. Fouled Out: None. 

BOYS SCORE

Lumberton 77, Salem 57

At Lumberton

Lumberton – Omarion Chaney 1 0-0 3, Tyler Bush 4 3-3 12, Robert Henry 12 0-0 27, Trevon Jessie 10 2-2 24, K’Nylan Willis 1 0-0 2, Roland O’Banner 1 0-0 2, Hayden Campbell 3 0-0 6. Field Goals: 32, Free Throws: 5-5, Total Points 77

Richton – Ty Richard 3 1-1 7, Marquell Smith 7 4-4 19, Dylan Farve 6 6-7 18, Jacob Brunson 2 2-4 6, Kylin Bolton 0 0-2 0, Jacob Herring 1 0-0 3. Field Goals: 19, Free Throws: 13-18, Total Points: 57.

LB  18 24 16 19 - 77

RC 8 17 13 19 - 57

3-Pointers – LB 7 (Henry 3, Jessie 2, Bush, Chaney), RC 2 (Smith, Herring). Total Fouls: LB 12, RC 9, Fouled Out: Willis.

LUMBERTON – Both the Lumberton boys’ and girls’ basketball teams came away with double-digit wins on Thursday night to secure spots in their respective championship games.

The Lady Panthers made quick against Salem in the 64-21 win.

In the girls’ game, Lumberton jumped out a 32-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. According to Lumberton head coach Jonathan Edwards, having fast starts had been an area of emphasis for his team.

“We had been looking for fast starts,” Edwards said. “Early in the season, we had a lot of slow starts and they plagued us, and we lost a few close games. It costed us. We had been stressing in practice in the last couple of months that we have got to have fast starts. We changed our practice structure so that we can start fast.”

The Lady Panthers were able to do it all offensively by scoring from the fast break, drive inside and make several defensive stops, which let Lumberton take a 44-11 halftime lead and cruise in the second half.

I’m happy with everything because we had a balanced game with scoring, rebounding [and] assists. We had three players in double-figures and four players with five rebounds or more. I’m pleased with the balance and I think that is going to carry us a long way.

Kirsten Joseph scored a team-high of 26 points, Jennifer Molder totaled 12 points and Makia Willis scored 11 points in the win.

Lumberton will play Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. in the Region 8-1A district championship game on Friday.

“They are going to be tough. They played us tough the last time we played them at their place. When we played them here, they were missing four players. I’m looking forward to it, and I think the girls are geared up for it and looking forward to it too.”

Like the girls, the Lumberton boys secured a spot in the district championship game after defeating Richton, 77-57.

Also like the girls’ team, the Panthers had a fast start and jumped out to an 18-8 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The one-two punch of Robert Henry and Travon Jessie combined for 51 points and helped the Panthers take as much as a 26-point lead.

We scored the ball real well tonight. Travon Jessie, he came up big. He was the wild card and he came through.

[Robert Henry] is just a true athlete and he does a lot for us. We need him and I’m glad he’s on my team.

Henry scored a team-leading 27 points while Jessie came up with 24 points.

Lumberton will play Salem for the Region 8-1A district championship at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

“It’s playoff time and I’ve been around basketball long enough to know anything is possible,” Edwards said. “We have got to be ready. We are going to come in tomorrow to do shoot around, go through walk-throughs and we are going to tear it up.”

GIRLS SCORE

Lumberton 64, Salem 21

At Lumberton

Lumberton (16-6, 8-0) – Kirsten Joseph 11 4-6 26, Jameya Johnson 3 1-2 8, Jennifer Molder 5 2-2 12, T’Anna Edwards 2 0-1 4, Makia Willis 5 1-5 11, McKayla Howington 1 1-2 3, Shawnessy Brown 1 0-0 2. Field Goals: 28, Free Throws: 9-18, Total Points: 64.

Salem (1-20, 0-8) – Aisha Easterling 1 0-0 2, Keunia Bridges 1 1-3 3, Ashanti Tyson 2 0-1 5, Makayla Rubio 1 2-2 4, Clarissa Campbell 3 1-2 7. Field Goals: Free Throws: 4-8, Total Points 21.

LB  32 12  11 9  - 64

SALEM  2 9 7 3 - 21

3-Pointers LB 1 (Johnson), Salem 1 (Tyson). Total Fouls: LB 15, Salem 11. Fouled Out: None. 

BOYS SCORE

Lumberton 77, Salem 57

At Lumberton

Lumberton – Omarion Chaney 1 0-0 3, Tyler Bush 4 3-3 12, Robert Henry 12 0-0 27, Trevon Jessie 10 2-2 24, K’Nylan Willis 1 0-0 2, Roland O’Banner 1 0-0 2, Hayden Campbell 3 0-0 6. Field Goals: 32, Free Throws: 5-5, Total Points 77

Richton – Ty Richard 3 1-1 7, Marquell Smith 7 4-4 19, Dylan Farve 6 6-7 18, Jacob Brunson 2 2-4 6, Kylin Bolton 0 0-2 0, Jacob Herring 1 0-0 3. Field Goals: 19, Free Throws: 13-18, Total Points: 57.

LB  18 24 16 19 - 77

RC 8 17 13 19 - 57

3-Pointers – LB 7 (Henry 3, Jessie 2, Bush, Chaney), RC 2 (Smith, Herring). Total Fouls: LB 12, RC 9, Fouled Out: Willis.