JV Women, Varsity Men grab opening game wins
By D.N. PENNELL. Jr.
The Alexander Central High School JV and Varsity Basketball Squads opened the 2018-19 season with a home four-pack against the North Iredell Raiders on Wednesday, November 28.
On the day, ACHS finished with a 2-2 record. The two schools split JV action with Alexander winning the girls’ contest and North claiming the men’s game.
In varsity games, North Iredell claimed the win in women’s play, while ACHS grabbed the nightcap in varsity men’s action.
Freshmen trio Peyton Price, Chesney Stikeleather, and Madeleine Jenkins paced the Alexander JV Women in their 36-25 win over North Iredell. Price paced the team with 11 points, while Stikeleather contributed 10 points. Jenkins also enjoyed a solid high school debut with a nine point effort.
In the JV men’s game, North Iredell outscored the Cougars 24-11 in the second half and cruised to a 41-26 win in the ACHS Junior Varsity gym.
Alexander trailed 17-15 at the intermission. However, the visitors from Olin broke the game open in the second half with its 24-11 run.
Mason Hubbard with six points led Alexander’s offense, while Josh Barkley chipped in with four points.
VARSITY TEAMS SPLIT TWO
In the opening varsity game of the season for the Alexander Central women, the team hosted one of the strongest teams on its schedule in the Cougar Den.
The North Iredell Lady Cougars, which are coached by Alexander County native Roger Bumgarner, came to town and left with a resounding 66-19 win over the Lady Cougars.
The Lady Raiders ran to a 22-4 lead at the end of the first period and pulled away from that point for the 47-point win over the home team.
The key to the game was turnovers for the Lady Cougars. Alexander was forced into 35 miscues on the night. North Iredell took advantage of the mistakes, scoring 43 points off Cougar turnovers.
Rachel LaLonde led four Raiders in double figures. The talented post player tallied a game-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
For Alexander, Teagan Pennell finished with eight points, while Niki Hagy tallied six points and collected seven rebounds.
The final game of the day saw the Varsity Cougar Men claim a nine-point win over North Iredell, 56-47.
The Cougars enjoyed a hot shooting night in the win, hitting 51 percent of their shots from the field. Alexander’s defense limited North Iredell to 28 percent shooting.
Alexander Central junior Jem Lowrance opened his second varsity season with a stellar effort offensively. Lowrance hit on eight of 11 shots from the field and finished five of eight from the line for a 24-point evening. The junior forward also led Alexander on the board with seven rebounds.
Lowrance was the lone Cougar in double figures in the game. Senior Lucas Walker added seven points and Aiden Hager tallied six points.
Alexander’s hot shooting was also evident from behind the three-point line. On the night, the team hit seven of 14 three point attempts for 50 percent from behind the arc. Lowrance hit three of four three-point shots, while Walker and Hager added two three-point shots apiece.
Jake Tuggle led the North Iredell scoring with 15 points.
On Friday, November 30, ACHS will host Davie County for the NCHSAA endowment game. Davie County does not field a JV women’s team. As a result, the Alexander freshmen team will face the Davie freshmen squad in the first game of the day at 4 pm in the JV gym.
Varsity action will tip with the women’s game at 6 pm in the Varsity Cougar Den.
The game is the state’s endowment game. No passes will be allowed except NCHSAA passes and Senior Tarheel Cards.