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Woods Charter basketball roundup

By Dori Dupre DeJong
Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - The Woods Charter School Wolves boy's basketball team played Emerson Waldorf on Tuesday, January 18 at home. The game was a nail biter until the end, with Woods winning in the waning seconds 46 to 44. With this win, Woods is now 8 and 5.

Senior Preston Ferguson led with 24 points and was the only one in double figures followed by senior Justyn Cyriaque and sophomore Eric Tapp with six each.

On Thursday, January 20, Woods traveled to Burlington to face Clover Garden, defeating the Grizzlies 56-43. Ferguson led all scorers with 23 followed by Cyriaque with 11 and Tapp with seven.

Friday, the boys traveled to Cary to face start up program Hopewell Academy, defeating them 52-8. Several nonstarters got great playing time, with sophomore Laurence Daw leading all scorers with 12.

On Monday, January 24, Woods hosted CCAL rival Kestrel Heights. The Hawks led for most of the game with a lot of tough physical play between the two teams, as usual. Kestrel took a five point lead into the fourth quarter, and Woods got within two points of tying the game with seconds left. Despite the outstanding effort, including a game high 35 points from Ferguson, it was not enough, and Kestrel won 65-62.

After the game, Coach Berry said, "This was a game for the ages! Although we lost, our team performed valiantly! Led by Preston Ferguson, he exploded with a 35 point performance! Also, we had strong play by Justyn Cyriaque, Laurence Daw, Eric Tapp and Michael Galin."

Wolves are now 10-6 on the season with St. Thomas Moore away on Friday, January 28 and Zion Christian away next Monday, January 31.

The Lady Wolves won 26-6 versus a very stingy Carolina Friends defense last Friday, January 18. After enduring a first half defensive slug fest, the Lady Wolves led 8-2 at half time. Eventually, the offense began finding holes in the multiple defenses. They also began to capitalize on turnovers by finishing their fast break. Senior Evan Lewis led all scorers with 10 points. Defensively, guards Mary Rose Hall, Kelly Reiter, Simone Dunphy, Erin Durham, and Sophia Pearce kept Carolina Friends from running their offense much of the night.

The girls took on Kestrel Heights on Monday, January 24. After being defeated soundly in the past two meetings, the Lady Wolves put on the best effort of the season. Kestrel took a 16-6 lead into the half. Woods came into the 2nd half immediately scoring six points to pull within four with some outstanding jump shots from the box by sophomore Paige Haswell. With 4:29 left in the game, the girls pulled within one point after a foul shot and field goal by Evan Lewis. With 3:51 left, Haswell put the girls over the top, and they did not give up the lead, winning 33-28.

Eight grader Kelly Reiter and sophomore Mary Rose Hall were very effective on defense and running the offense, and freshman Victoria Martin was particularly strong under the basket.

The girls travel to St. Thomas More on Friday, January 28 and Grace Christian on Monday, January 31.

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Woods Charter basketball roundup