Middle School "A" Boys Basketball
The middle school girls and boys A teams ended their season with road losses in the first round of the conference tournament Monday. The sixth seeded boys fell, 60-31, at number three Magellan. Reid Seck and John Hauser each had 10 points. “We cut an 18 point halftime deficit to 12, but couldn’t get any closer,” said coach Jonathan Coley, whose team ended 6-7. “It was a good group and I enjoyed coaching them.” The fifth seeded girls trailed 17-4 at halftime at NRCA and 23-9 after three quarters. A frenetic fourth quarter comeback fell just short in a 23-21 defeat. Anne George hit back-to-back three pointers to key a 12-0 run that brought the vistors within two points, but the Knights held on to win. “I had a great time coaching these girls,” said first year coach Robert Eastmann. “They bought into what we coached them to do and tried their best.” George led the Warriors, who finished 4-8, with six points. Samantha Leshnock and Haley Stoltz added four each.
The Warriors middle school A boys wrapped up the regular season with a 49-48 loss to New Life Camp in a back and forth affair at home Thursday. St. David’s trailed by 11 to start the fourth quarter, but used a furious full court press to take a 48-47 lead with 35 seconds left. The Storm broke the pressure for a layup with 15 seconds left and the Warriors couldn’t answer. “We created and took advantage of our extra opportunities with the press,” said coach Jonathan Coley. “We also started trusting each other and realized that the one on one game wasn’t working. We had a great comeback and it’s too bad that it fell just short.” Sam Crosby led SDS with 14 points and Howard Brooks added 10. The Warriors (6-6) are the sixth seed and travel to third seeded Magellan Monday in the first round of the conference tournament.
The Warriors middle school A teams split a home doubleheader against Trinity Academy of Raleigh Tuesday. The girls didn’t allow a point in the second half on the way to a 31-10 victory. Eight different Warriors scored as Samantha Leshnock led the way with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Haley Stoltz had seven, Elizabeth Wiley added four and Connor Lang scored her first basket of the season. “This will give us a big boost to our conference seeding,” said coach Robert Eastmann, whose Warriors are 4-5 in conference play and 4-7 overall. “Our defense was outstanding and it was even better to see Elizabeth and Connor contribute to the win. We are going to need everybody ready to go for the tournament.” The boys dropped a 40-28 decision to the Tigers to fall to 5-4 in the league and 6-5 overall. “We just have to bounce back and be ready to play well in the tournament,” said coach Jonathan Coley. Sam Crosby led the Warriors with eight points while Hank Madden added six.
The Warriors middle school teams won three out of four games Thursday. The A girls routed NRCA, 28-12, then the boys slayed the Knights 45-34 to complete a home doubleheader sweep. The B teams played at New Life Camp in North Raleigh. The boys won 37-14, while the girls lost 11-9. Samantha Leshnock led the A girls with 14 points, while Anne George hit both of her three-point attempts for six points. “It was a good bounce back for us,” said coach Robert Eastmann, whose Warriors had lost their last two games. “Everyone played and a few scored for the first time this season.” Reid Seck and Hank Madden led the A boys with nine points each and Judson Thompson added eight. Sam Crosby (7) and Howard Brooks (7) rounded out the balanced scoring. On the road, the B boys jumped out to an early lead and maintained control throughout the game. William Manning led the scoring with 13 points and Phillip Medlin added nine. All four teams are back in action Friday against Cary Academy. The B teams host the Chargers, while the A teams play in Cary.
The Warriors middle school A basketball teams split a home doubleheader against Cary Christian Tuesday. The girls won, 25-18, to raise their record to 2-4. St. David’s held the Knights to just four points in the second half and outscored them 10-2 in the fourth quarter to ice the victory. “Our man to man defense was too much for them in the second half,” said coach Robert Eastmann. “We had a great final quarter on offense as well.” Samantha Leshnock led SDS with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Margaret Batchelder contributed nine rebounds, four points and four steals. The boys lost, 51-37 after trailing by one point at halftime. “We couldn’t handle their pressure in the second half,” said coach Jonathan Coley, whose team is 4-2. “We’ll learn to keep our poise and do better next time.” Reid Seck had a team-high 12 points, while Howard Brooks added nine.
The Warriors middle school basketball A teams won at Wake Christian Tuesday. The girls picked up their first victory, 27-15. St. David’s outscored the Bulldogs 17-6 in the second half and did not allow a point in the fourth quarter. “Our defense was outstanding the entire game,” said coach Robert Eastmann. “Eirena Klemes (six steals) and Avery Lloyd (four steals) were especially effective. Samantha Leshnock led the way with 10 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Margaret Batchelder, Klemes and Lloyd added four points each. The boys capped the sweep with a 58-38 blowout. Reid Seck scored a team-high 13 points, Howard Brooks had 10 and Sam Crosby added eight. “We were relentless in our approach throughout the game,” said coach Jonathan Coley, whose team is 3-1. “We played intense defense and I was pleasantly surprised that our overall level of play was higher than it was before the break.” Both teams host St. Timothy’s Thursday.
The boys A team blasted Grace Christian Thursday at home, 45-28, behind 11 points from Sam Crosby, eight from McCabe Hagerty and six each from Judson Thompson, Grayson Chesson and Reid Seck. The Warriors led wire-to-wire for their second straight win. “Defensive intensity won the game for us,” said coach Jonathan Coley, whose team is 2-1. “Howard Brooks had five steals and that started our offense after a slow beginning.”
The middle school boys basketball A team won their first game, 46-29, at New Life Camp on Tuesday. Sam Crosby led the Warriors with 15 points while Reid Seck added 10. “Our defense was intense, which led to some easy offense,” said coach Jonathan Coley, whose Warriors are 1-1. Everyone got to play and our chemistry shows great potential.”