Predators blow past Eagles

  • Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:16 a.m.

FOX CREEK 79, NORTH 29

BY SCOTT RODGERS

srodgers@aikenstandard.com

NORTH AUGUSTA — Fox Creek jumped out to another big lead and never looked back.

The Predators (13-6, 8-0 Region 4-A) continued their dominant run through the region. Brandyn Quiller led the team with 17 points, and he was followed by DJ Curry, who had 15 and Corrin Cannon, who had 13.

It was a performance that made head coach Andre Baskett quite proud, though he was critical of the team’s slow start.

“They just picked it up in the second half,” he said. “Started out a bit sluggish, but they picked it up. It’s exactly the same as we did Friday night (a 59-47 win over Wagener-Salley).”

The Eagles (3-13, 1-7) kept things close in the first quarter, and even held a brief lead. Darren Wise led the team with 14 points, but the Predator defense was far too tough for North to overcome. He was the only player to score more than four points.

“Defense wins games, and that’s what we stress on,” Baskett said.

Fox Creek never allowed North to gain an inkling of momentum. The defensive intensity frustrated the Eagles. The knockout blow was delivered in the second quarter by Quiller, who matched the entire North team in points with eight. He followed that up with seven more in the third before resting in the fourth.

“I told them that they have to want it,” he said. “If we have big plans on where we want to go as far as this season, they have to play every game like it’s their last. That’s what we want to do and we want to get complete games from here on out.”

Fox Creek will look to keep its region record unblemished on Friday at home against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler. North will look to get back on track at Wagener-Salley.

FC 17 22 23 17 - 79

N 12 8 3 6 - 29

Fox Creek (13-6, 8-0 Region 4-A)—Brandyn Quiller 4 7-7 17, DJ Curry 6 3-4 15, Marques Sumner 3 3-4 9, Brandon Gladney 1 2-3 4, Darshon Broadwater 2 2-2 6, Martrell Allen 2 0-0 4, Chris Harmon 4 0-0 9, Andrew Crytzer 1 0-0 2, Corrin Cannon 4 2-2 13. Totals 27 19-22 79.

3-pointers: Cannon (3), Quiller (2), Harmon

North (3-13, 1-7 Region 4-A)—Chris Rowe 1 0-0 2, Darren Wise 6 0-0 14, Andie Blackwell 1-2, 1, Jauan Strobert 2 0-0 4, Steven Darby 1 2-2 4, James Jones 2 0-0 4, Traveather Miller 0 0-1 0. Totals 12 3-5 29.

3-pointers:

FOX CREEK GIRLS 50, NORTH 25

The Fox Creek girls doubled up the North girls in a game that didn’t even seem as close as the scoreboard indicates.

The Predators (7-8, 6-2 Region 4-A) scored 30 of their 50 points in the first half and cruised in the second half. Stefanie Bloedel had 16 points, followed by Dominique Moore who had 12.

“I think we switched defenses on them and went from our normal man to zone, and it might have confused them,” Fox Creek head coach Richard Brady said. “We seemed to get the lead and played with a bit more confidence.”

North was never able to get any traction against the Predators, though Zhanae Nimmens scored 11 points.

FC 14 16 13 7 - 50

N 8 2 7 8 - 25

Fox Creek (7-9, 6-2 Region 4-A)—Taylor Sheppard 1 0-0 2, Haley Bryant 4 0-0 8, Stefanie Bloedel 7 2-4 16, Dominique Moore 5 2-7 12, Angelica Johnson 2 2-4 6, Keiana Green 2 1-4 5, Daja Mims 0 1-1 1. Totals 21 8-20 50.

North (3-8, 3-5 Region 4-A)—Derriyana McBiegel 0 0-2 0, Kirsten Jamison 1 0-0 2, Zhanae Nimmens 4 2-2 11, D’Asia Haser 2 2-6 6, Kyna Porterfield 0 1-2 1, Tamia Brooks 2 1-2 5. Totals 9 6-14 25.

3-pointers: Nimmens

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