Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 29, 2013

Prep roundup: Easter arrives in time for Cavaliers

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

SUMMERSVILLE — J.J. Easter burned the nets for 30 points Monday night and spurred the Mercer Christian Academy Cavaliers to a 58-52 overtime win against New Life Christian.

Easter drove the length of the floor as time ran down in regulation, went one-on-one with the New Life Christian defense, barrelled down the lane, and hit a shot at the buzzer to send the contest to an extra frame.

The Cavaliers (10-7) trailed 13-3 after the first quarter but made up ground to forge a 21-21 halftime tie. A similar scenario repeated itself in the second half. But MCA outscored its hosts 10-4 in the overtime period to escape with the win.

Easter had three of Mercer Christian’s six three-point goals.

Zach Walker had 23 points to lead New Life Christian.



At Summersville

MERCER CHRISTIAN

JoJo Janning 5, Caleb Janning 5, J.J. Easter 30, Kenny Shrewsberry 6, Chandler Scott 5, Samuel Stephens 2.

NEW LIFE

Cody Rose 6, Tyler Bragg 2, Zach Walker 23, Sean Chasten 14, John Paul Brown 3, Seth Chasten 4.

MERCER ..........3   18    5   19  10  —  58

New Life..........13   8   12   15   4  —  52

Three-point goals — MCA 6 (J.Janning 1, C.Janning 1, Easter 3, Scott 1), NLC 2 (S. Chasten 2).

*****

Mountain Mission 44, Hurley 32

GRUNDY, Va. — Nick Gibson had seven points and three Hurley players had six points each, but the Rebels could not offset 20 points from Robel Ali and 12 from Tedros Hailumitiku on Monday at Mountain Mission School.

Hurley (6-10) plays Grundy at home tonight.



At Mountain Mission School

HURLEY

Peck 4, Nick Gibson 7, Hibbitts 1, Estep 2, Billy Stacy 6, Oliver 6, Greg Stacy 6.

MOUNTAIN MISSION

Mengesha 2, Alemaheyu 4, Graham 2, Hirpa 4, Robel Ali 20, Tedros Hailumitiku 12.

Hurley.......................8   12     9   3  —  32

Mountain Mission......14   14   11   5  —  44

Three-point goals — Hur (Gibson 1), MM 2 (Ali 2).

*****

Ballard Christian 78, Appalachian Chr. 45

BALLARD — Josh Deskins poured in 32 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, and Dalton Lankford chipped in 14 points with seven assists as Ballard Christian School improved to 10-5 on Monday evening.

The Eagles soared to a 38-23 halftime advantage over their guests from Rural Retreat, Va., who were led in scoring by John Silva’s 17 points and Aaron Tunnell’s 10 markers.

Ballard Christian continues its longtime series with Pipestem Christian on Friday on the road.



At Ballard Christian School

APPALACHIAN CHRISTIAN

John Silva 17, Aaron Tunnell 10, Allen Jones 9, Levi Nichols 5, Jacob Woodridge 4.

BALLARD CHRISTIAN (10-5)

Josh Deskins 32, [w 15 rteb] Ray Spencer 7, Chris Prunesti 10, Gage Bowles 6, Dalton Lankford 14 [with seven assists], Bryce Paynter 3, Blake Bowles 2, Devan Martin 2, Chris Yopp 2.

Appalachian..........12   11   10   12  —  45

Ballard..................16   22   20   20  —  78

Three-point goals — AC 3 (Tunnell 2, Jones 1), BCS 3 (Deskins 2, Spencer 1).

*****

Girls basketball: Mercer Christian 57, New Life 52

SUMMERSVILLE — Jamie Brown scored 40 points to rally the Lady Cavaliers past New Life Christian on Monday. Brown added four steals, two assists and five rebounds.

Mercer Christian (7-8) trailed 14-7 after the first quarter and were behind 38-37 going into the final period.

For the Lady Cavs, London Taylor had four rebounds and an assist; Sami Goings had two steals and 14 rebounds; Brooke Bradford had seven rebounds; Hope Lowe had a steal; and Shae Mullins had four rebounds.

Rachel Brown scored 22 points for New Life.

The Lady Cavaliers play at Greater Beckley Christian on Thursday.



At Summersville

MERCER CHRISTIAN (7-8)

Jamie Brown 40, London Taylor 4, Sami Goings 9, Brooke Bradford 4.

NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN

Emily Cogar 10, Courtney Dean 3, Kate Waddell 12, Rachel Brown 22, Bridget Carson 5.

Mercer Christian.........7   16   14   20  —  57

New Life..................14   11   13   14  —  52

Three-point goals — MCA 3 (Brown 3); NLC, none.