The following stories have been lifted from the archives of The Laurinburg Exchange.
Jan. 4, 1974
Basketball Leagues Begin
The 1974 Scotland County Parks & Recreation Youth Basketball Program was launched last night with all Junior League Teams in the Laurinburg area participating.
In the opening contest the Pistons coached by J.D. Willis and Luther Douglas outlasted the Tarheels headed by David Stone and John Horne in a thriller, 32-35.
The Pistons looked as if they would break the game wide open in the first quarter when they took a 11-4 lead, but the Tarheels came back in the second quarter to outscore the Pistons to narrow the margin at half-time, 18-12. In the third quarter, the Pistons again outscored the Tarheels but the Tarheels fought back in the fourth period to close the gap as the final horn was sounded.
Leading the scoring attack for the Pistons was Raymond Moody, Randy Dullin and John McAllister. For the Tarheels Butch Ellison, Willie Patterson and Stuart Carmichael led the scoring.
In the second game, the Wolfpack headed by Howard Hall held off a very stubborn Hawks’ team coached by John Massey and Vince Nelson as they gained a 32-35 victory. The Wolfpack took a 16-10 lead in the first qyarter and moved into a 22-18 lead at halftime.
Neither team could do much scoring in the third period, but the Hawks fought back hard in the final period only to find themselves losing by one as the game ended. Leading the scoring attacks for the Wolfpacks were Robert McPhatter and Steve McDouglad, while E. Bradley and Willie Crosland led the Hawks in the scoring department.
The third contest for the evening saw the Volunteers coached by Gerald Sellers and Charles Bounds gain a 46-36 victory over the Celtics coached by Charles Patterson.
The Volunteers took a 9-6 first quarter lead and had a 23-10 halftime lead. The second half was a different ball game as both teams played equal ball. The Volunteers outscored the Celtics by only one point to claim the victory.
Leading the scoring attack for the Volunteers was M. Hasty, Larry Hines and D. McMillian. For the Celtics, E. Williams, K. Graham and M. McNeil led the scoring attack.
The final game saw the Cougars coached by Bobby Bacot and Al Blades win a thriller over the Royals coached by Jerry Small 35-33. At the end of the first quarter both teams were deadlocked at 6-6, but the Cougars put it all together in the second quarter to move in to a 18-12 halftime lead.
The third period saw the Cougars again outscore the Royals 11-5 but in the final period, the Royals outscored the Cougars 16-6. This was not quite good enough as the Cougars won the contest by ten.
Leading the scoring attack for the Cougars was A. Harrell, M. Armstong and C. McLean. For the Royals, T. Wiikerson, B. McRae and K. Allard were the leading scorers.
Jan. 7, 1974
Scots put another win in basket, South View
It was Friday night and the varsity Fighting Scots won again as they downed South View 73-66 in a rough, tough game of basketball that put the fans on edge.
Michael Blue, top scorer for the Scots and top scorer in division IV of the Mid-South 4-A Conference led both teams in putting points on the scoreboard as he hit for 28 big points against the Tigers.
Fouling was heavy during the rough contest which ended with 28 team fouls against South View and 16 against Scotland. L. J. Pipkin gathered five of his own and left the game in the last period. Two Tigers also were forced out on fouls. L. Burns and J. Burns. Donald McKoy finished the game in foul trouble with four registered against him.
The Scots got off to an early start with the lead, lost it but had regained the advantage by the half. They stayed ahead until the end when South View outscored them in the last period but couldn’t add up enough to gain the lead against the hot Scots.
Blue’s 28 and L. J. Pipkin’s 16 points were the only double figures for Scotland with McKoy getting 8, Jewell Everett and Mac Sligh 7 each, Al Smith 4 and Jim Adams 3. Foul shooting looked very good for the Scots in the game.
For South View, Burns got 11, Robinson 1 and Jimmy Colvin hit for 20 to lead the Tigers.
“We were ragged and played in spurts,” said coach Paschal Stewart after his team’s win. “Overall I thought that we looked good though.”
“We never really played the defensive game that we have in the past,” added the pleased coach.
Tomorrow night the Scots travel to Rockingham to meet Richmond in a conference battle. Friday they are at home again when Bowman comes here in another conference game. Scotland’s overall record is five wins and four losses now.
41-17 whopper for Scotties
The Scotties really tore up their visiting South View opponents Friday night by the whopping score of 41-17.
“As the game went on we improved,” said coach Mary Kay Ollis of her winning Scotties. In the offensive department Linda McPhatter was the high scorer with 14 points. Earline McDonald scored 10 and Doris Harrington hit for 9. Mary Jo Forde sparked the defense with her hustle on the floor as the Scotties prevented South View from getting any scoring drives started.
With a record of 4 wins and 3 losses overall and 2 wins with 1 loss in conference play, the Scotties are looking forward to meeting the Richmond girls tomorrow night. Home play resumes Friday as Bowman comes to town.
Jan. 9, 1974
Raiders down Scotland, 71-66
With one win and three losses in conference play, the Fighting Scots really need some wins in division four to make the playoffs this season.
Last night Richmond toppled the Scots 71-66 at the Raider Gym in a conference game. Friday night Bowman appears at Scotland High for another conference tilt.
“Richmond has a good shooting ball team,” said coach Paschal Stewart. “They have three outstanding shooters and they really bombed it.”
The Scots had a 40-38 lead at halftime and went on to outscore the Raiders by three points in the third period. Richmond’s accurate shooting really showed up in the last quarter as they outscored the Scots by 10 points for the victory.
Four Scots made double figures last night in one of the more even-scoring games for them. Donald McKoy and Mac Sligh each hit for 16 points to tie for the game high. L. J. Pipkin scored 14 and Michael Blue, usually the Scotland top man, was held to 12. Jim Adams scored 8 points against the Raiders.
For Richmond, McLaurin, Gibson, Morrison and Hodges were in double figures while Billy Diggsm third in the division in scoring, only hit for 2 points.
“We both needed this game and they got it,” said the coach. Scotland is now 5-5 overall and last night’s victory left Richmond 5-6 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Bowman, Friday’s opponent here, suffered a 47-46 defeat at the hands of Terry Sanford last night.
Statistics show Scots are sharp
The Fighting Scots are ahead of the other five teams in division IV in two departments, scoring and average scoring margin. In the third department, scoring defense, they run a close second to Terry Sanford.
The Scots, averaging 62 points per game are ahead of Richmond with a 60.8 average in points scored per game. The Scots are averaging 4.2 points per game more than their opponents. TerrySanford is next in line with 1.9 points per game more than their opponents.
In defense, Sanford is ahead of Scotland, allowing only 57.3 points per game to be scored against them. Scotland has permitted 57.8 points by their opponents. Fighting cots are leading three categories in individual statistics in division IV. L. J. Pipkin is the leading rebounder, averaging 15.1 on the boards per game. His closest competitor, Richmond’s Billy Diggs, averages only 10.6 per game.
Pipkin is also the leading shooter from the floor. His average is a big .584. The closest competitor is again Billy Diggs of Richnond. Michael Blue, with a 20.7 points per game average is the leading division scorer. David Pugh of E.E. Smith is second with 18.4.
In free throws, the ony statistic compilation where a Fighting Scot does not lead, Billy Diggs is the top man. Mac Sligh is in fifth position ith .681 percentage while Michael Blue is in ninth place at .611. Pipkin is in seventh position in scoring with 12.5 per game. Blue is the tenth leading rebounder, averaging 7.3 per game.
Blue and Jim Adams also are among the top contenders in field goal percentages. Blue is in eighth place with .447 and Adams is eleventh at .407. All these statistics are based on eight games for Scotland and do not include the two games played since the holidays.
Knights romp, down Coker 88-66
Sputtering through the first half, St. Andrews played perhaps their best basketball of the season in the second half to drop Coker College at Hartsville Tuesday night 88-66. The Knights had trailed in the first half 39-38.
The win pulled coach Tom Whiteley’s squad to a 3-3 mark before a weekend invasion of Tidewater, Virginia. The Knights take on two Dixie Conference teams — Virginia Wesleyan at Norfolk on Friday and Christopher Newport of Newport News Saturday.
Ray Andrews got the first of six baskets to put the Knights on the scoreboard first against Coker, the start of his best game to date as he finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Coker came back to take the lead at 6-5 and held it until the last six minutes of the half as the Knights played raggedly on defense. At the six minute mark Andrews and Al Bonds, also with 18 points, each scored to give St. Andrews a 31-28 lead.
Then Jimmy Long, who got all of his 17 points in the first half, made two free throws at the buzzer to give Coker a 39-38 lead at halftime. Joe Roberts opened the second half with two quick layups to send the Knights back into the lead for good.
The Knights completely reversed their play of the first half, choking off the Coker offense and outscoring the South Carolinians 50-27. From a 57-52 lead at 12:05, St. Andrews over the next 10 minutes broke the game open with freshman Greg Smith getting five field goals to pace the Knights to an 85-59 lead at 2:40.
With 29 of 36 field goals in the second half, the Knights finished with a 48.6 percentage on 35 of 72 attempts. They were 18 of 24 at the foul line. Coker, falling to 9 of 35 in the final half, finished with 24 of 68 from the field and were 18 of 32 from the free throw line.
Individual scoring: St. Andrews — Bonds 18, Carter 8, Andrews 18, Daniel 2, McDaniel 5, Leath 14, Roberts 9, Haddix 4, Smith 10, McCain 0.
Coker— Kirkly 6, Coker 8, Flowers 8, Bell 13, Sparkman 0, Brock 3, Cooke 8, Baker 0, Mathis 2, Long 17.