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CLAYTON — The Community Christian varsity boys basketball team snapped a five-game slide with a 74-56 road victory against Southside Christian on Thursday evening.
Both teams play in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A ranks.
Senior Jimmy Forte blistered the nets for 32 points to lead the Cyclones to their second win against five losses.
Forte was complemented by junior Andrew Gattis with 22 points and nine rebounds. Senior Mike Piccolo posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Community Christian presses to 29-25 win
RALEIGH — The visiting Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team withstood an unusual opponent’s tactic to record a 29-25 nonconference win against Southside Christian in North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A action Thursday evening.
The Lady Cyclones upped their record to 2-5 and continue NCISAA 1-A nonconference play at city rival Greenfield on Friday.
Southside elected to deliberately foul and put CCS players on the foul line after learning of CCS’ miserable free-throw shooting in a conference loss earlier in the week.
The Lady Cyclones responded by sinking just 9-of-27 attempts.
However, CCS head coach Kenneth Atkinson, with his team trailing 13-4 after the opening quarter, countered with man-to-man, half-court pressure.
The result was frequent Southside (0-4) turnovers that enabled the Lady Cyclones to rally in transition. CCS, despite missing numerous open shots, took the lead for keeps by outscoring Southside 12-3 in the third quarter.
Alexis Langley, a 6-foot-2 junior, led the CCS scoring with eight points, while junior Olivia Walker canned seven and junior Logan Vaughan six.
Southside’s Autumn Dixon tossed in a game-high 11 points.
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (29)
Walker 7, Langley 8, Vaughan 6, Webb 4, Lenhart 2, Jackson 2, Manning, Linden, Lee.
SOUTHSIDE CHRISTIAN (25)
Collins 6, Dixon 11, Buchanan 1, Lambert 5, Holley 2.
Score by quarters:
CCS 4 6 12 7 — 29
Southside 13 1 3 8 — 25