ROCKINGHAM — The Anson County boys and girls varsity basketball teams split their season openers last Tuesday, Nov. 29, when they traveled to Rockingham to take on Richmond Senior.
The Lady Bearcats got 24 points from Calvina Bennett in a 55-47 win, while the boys team fell 130-90 despite 37 points from Ervin Bennett.
Bennett comes alive in 2nd half
After only tallying five points in the first 16 minutes of action, guard Calvina Bennett came out in the second half and scored 19 points in order to lead Anson to victory.
Neither team could do much scoring in the first quarter, as Anson held an 8-6 lead before Richmond’s Zelda McLauglin tied things up in the waning seconds with a layup.
The Lady Raiders scored 15 points, held the Lady Bearcats to just 12 and went into the break ahead 23-20. Their lead wouldn’t last long after halftime, however.
Back-to-back layups gave Anson a 26-23 lead and it never trailed again.
The Lady Bearcats opened the final period with a one-point lead, but began to pull away as Bennett continued to pour it on. Her three-pointer from the corner and four consecutive points from Destiny Robinson put Anson ahead by eleven points and Richmond couldn’t recover.
Patience Marshall, Cassandra Bennett and Robinson were the only other Lady Bearcats to score, as they finished with 11, 10, and 10, respectively.
For Richmond, McLaughlin led the way with 17 points. Saleemah Brown was second on the team with 10 points and Keiona Love was third with five.
Raiders too much for Bearcats
Anson was able to hold Richmond to just 80 points throughout the first three quarters, but the Raiders exploded for 50 points in the final period and set a new state record for the most points scored in a quarter.
Prior to last week’s game, Southern Durham’s 49 points against J.F. Webb (Jan. 8, 2001) was the North Carolina record for most points in a quarter.
Despite the big game from the Raiders, senior guard Ervin Bennett was able to rack up 37 points due to his aggressiveness and ability to make plays at the rim. Both Octavion Harrell and Shiquan Ramseur were able to reach double figures, putting up 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The Bearcats turned the ball over 40 times on the night.
Richmond, who had seven players score at least 10 points, was led by 17 points from Antonio Diggs — who knocked down five three pointers.