Leach helps Lady Scots fight back in win over Gray’s Creek; Boys basketball team remains winless

By: By Brandon Tester - Sports editor

LAURINBURG — The Scotland girls basketball team erased a halftime deficit on its way to a 57-47 win against Gray’s Creek on Thursday night.

Niaria Leach led the Lady Scots with 20 points. Nautika Moore added 15 points, and Asjah Swindell scored 13 points in the post for Scotland.

Gray’s Creek (0-6) held a 31-24 lead at halftime. Leach, Moore and Swindell each scored four points in the third quarter to help Scotland close the visitors’ lead to 39-36 heading into the final period.

Scotland took a 40-39 lead on a layup by Leach early in the fourth quarter. After Swindell made a free throw, Gray’s Creek’s Madeleine Smith made a pair of shots at the line to tie the score at 41-all.

Four consecutive made free throws gave the Lady Scots a 44-41 lead.

Kayla Munn of Gray’s Creek made a layup to close Scotland’s lead to one point, but Scotland responded by ending the game with a 13-4 run.

Moore had six points in the fourth quarter. Leach added five points in the fourth.

With the victory, the Lady Scots (4-1) matched their win total from last season.

“It’s definitely an accomplishment,” Scotland coach Mallarie Snow said. “They see that we can compete with teams that have beaten us. When we played Gray’s Creek last year, we got beat by 20-plus points.”

Fighting Scots fall to Gray’s Creek

Scotland’s boys basketball team lost 47-41 against Gray’s Creek on Thursday.

Scotland held a 20-17 lead at halftime, but the Bears rallied and took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter.

The loss kept the Scots (0-5) winless. Gray’s Creek improved to 3-3.

“The game kind of felt like we had a chance to pull away,” Scotland coach Matt Justin said. “It kind of felt like that for the first part of the game, and we could never get on a run to get an eight to 10 point lead.”

Justin said his team made some improvements on Thursday, but the Scots need to step up in order to get their first win of the season.

“We played good defense tonight, which is good,” Justin said. “That’s a step in the right direction. Our half-court man-to-man looked good. We need to rebound better and shoot a better percentage. Some guys need to make some shots.”

C.J. Settles scored a team-high nine points for Scotland.

Up next

All of Scotland’s jayvee and varsity teams will host Westover on Saturday at Sycamore Lane Elementary School. The first of the two jayvee games will begin at 2 p.m.

Lady Scots match win total from last year

By Brandon Tester

Sports editor

Brandon Tester can be reached at [email protected] or 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @BrandonTester.

Brandon Tester can be reached at [email protected] or 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @BrandonTester.