Anson Middle School held its homecoming on Thursday, when both the boys and the girls basketball teams won their games by a landslide.
The girls blew Ellerbe Middle School away during the game. The girls won by a huge 42-3. The top scorers were Patience Marshall (#15) with 22 points and Taylor Austin (#10) with 12 points. This win gave the girls a 6-2 season score.
Coach Chandra Allen was excited about the season. “We’ve had a pretty good season so far,” she said. “The heartbreaker was a loss against Rockingham at our last game. We lost in Rockingham, which was hard because we wanted to try for first place.”
Allen was also happy with the team effort for Thursday’s game. “We kept it going regardless of what the score was — that didn’t really matter,” she said. “We just wanted to work on what we needed to work on. All of my players play as a unit. We try not to play as an ‘I’ team, so we’re not too focused on just one player. But Patience Marshall, Sidney, Jordan, and Destiny Robinson were all great players.”
The boys also had a massive win, ending the game 52-18. When the boys paused for halftime while the homecoming court was presented, they were already ahead 24-12. By the time Ellerbe made it to 14 points, the Cats were already at 31 points. The continued to push ahead until they won 52-18. Adafe Price (#11) scored the most points for the team with 9, while Zabian Little (#3), Nigel Bivens (#22), and Malcolm Murray (#24) all scored 7 points each. This win gave the boys a 7-1 season score.
Coach Rodney Hyatt was pleased with the boys’ performance. “We’re having a real good season and working hard to prepare for the playoffs,” he said. “We’ve come close in the past. Adafe Price, Zavier Little and Nigel Bivens are guys we can count on to get the job done. We call them the ‘Big Three,’ but they all are a part and play hard. I’d like to thank the parents and school staff. We had a nice little crowd and hope to see continued support at our last home game.”
During halftime at the boys’ game the homecoming court was presented. Representing the seventh grade, Tiffany Dollente, the daughter of Romeo and Rowena Dollente, was escorted by her brother, Romy Dollente. Kamryn Flake, the daughter of Jerry and Becky Flake, followed her with escort Alan Dale McRae. Nya Harrington, the daughter of Chris and Tracy Harrington, was escorted by her father. Jamiyah Sturdivant, the daughter of Regina Crump, was escorted by TJ Bennett. Taylor Watson, the daughter of Katie Watson, was escorted by Evan Byars.
Representing the eighth grade, Taylor Austin, the daughter of Allan and Allison Austin, was escorted by John Ingram. She was followed by Amy Goodwin, the daughter of John and Patricia Goodwin, and her escort, Kevon Dunlap. Hannah Harward, the daughter of Lorie Schnierlein, was escorted by her uncle, Jeff Carpenter. Criksa Rangel, the daughter of Elvira Cortez was escorted by Ben Tillman. Karrington Tupper, the daughter of Kelly and Teresa Tupper, was escorted by Joe Powell. Naiya Woodburn, the daughter of Reggie Henderson and Angela Woodburn, was escorted by her cousin, Keenan Marshall.
Both the boys’ and the girls’ teams will play their final home game Wednesday, with the girls playing at 4 p.m. and the boys playing after that.