Watts wrestles Pirates to 9th at Pine Forest
Senior takes 1st in season-opening tournament
Scott Schlaufman Sports Editor
FAYETTEVILLE —The Lumberton wrestling team didn’t let a few low seeds determine their success during Saturday’s annual “Feud in the Forest” tournament at Pine Forest High School.
Instead, the Pirates embraced it, finishing ninth of 22 teams with three combined first and second place finishes.
“We kind of were the dark horse and we stepped up,” said Lumberton coach James Bell. “I was extremely proud we got that far up.”
Lumberton got the majority of its points from three upperclassmen.
Senior Josh Watts started his final season with a first place finish in the 152-pound weight class. Bell said the finish was a result of lots of hard work during the offseason.
“That’s a big improvement from last year,” Bell said. ” I think he’s really reaching up to his potential.”
Junior Thomas Thompson finished second at 195-pounds in one of his first major varsity meets. He spent last year wrestling junior varsity and as a backup at 220, so the success didn’t surprise Bell.
“I knew he could do it,” he said. “I liked what he could do, he just never got the opportunity last year.”
Junior Monquez Townsend also finished second at 162.
Troy Hunt, wrestling at 170 pounds, lost early but wrestled back within two matches of the consolation championship, but was stopped by the NCHSAA’s daily match limit.
“I was extremely proud of how we did,” Bell said. “Our veterans and seniors really carried us up to 9th.”
The relatively young Pirates have several wrestlers that were participating in their first varsity meets, including several who had only been wrestling for a few weeks. Bell was pleased with how those wrestlers did, even though they came out on the losing end.
“Really all of our guys looked good,” Bell said. “I was extremely proud of everyone despite records.”
Lumberton swept by Pine Forest
The Lumberton basketball teams were swept in home game with Pine Forest. The Pirate boys lost 63-40 and the girls fell 43-36.
The Lumberton boys had the advantage early, taking a 10-5 lead at the end of the first half, leading by as many as nine points.
“In the first quarter we dictated the pace,” said Lumberton coach Mackie Register.
From there, the Pirates struggled with turnovers and consistently gave up the ball before getting off a shot. In one span late in the first half, Lumberton had five turnovers in five trips down the court, Register said. It set the tone for a 25-7 Pine Forest advantage in the second quarter that Lumberton couldn’t come back from.
Demetri Sheridan led Lumberton with eight points and Y’Shawn Gaddy had seven.
The Lumberton girls couldn’t overcome a rough start in their loss.
The Pirates trailed 16-7 after the first quarter but brought the lead back within three points at the end of the third.
Mariah Locklear put up 13 points but no other Pirate had more than seven. Lumberton coach Danny Graham said the girls were missing easy looks that could have helped out.
“We’re still really inconsistent on offense,” he said.
The Pirates continue the season tonight at St. Pauls.
Pine Forest 63, Lumberton 40
Pine Forest 5 25 16 17 — 63
Lumberton 10 7 11 12 — 40
PINE FOREST — Deshawn Leftwich 14, Terquen Blue 12, May 8, Foster 6, Redden 6, Brooks 6, Jamison 2, Walters 4, Harden 2, Stringfellow 2, Foster 1
LUMBERTON — Sheridan 8, Gaddy 7, Johnson 6, Sampson 5, Grissett 4, Brock 4, Cromartie 2, Edwards 2, Suggs 1, Jones 1.
3-Point Goals — PF: Leftwich 2, Blue 1. LHS: Gaddy, Sampson, Johnson 2
Records — Pine Forest 3-0, Lumberton 1-2.
Pine Forest 43, Lumberton 36
Pine Forest 16 9 6 12 — 43
Lumberton 7 9 12 8 — 36
PINE FOREST — Chantal Hodege 14, Monet Turnipseed 11, Evans 5, Johnson 4, Whyatt 3, Ahmad 2
LUMBERTON — Graham 3, Bullard 7, M. Locklear 13, Barnes 2, McBride 2, Andrews 1, Singletary 4, McCoy 6
3-Point Goals — PF: Hodege 2, Turnipseed. LHS: Graham 1, Locklear 2, Bullard/
Records — Pine Forest 3-0, Lumberton 1-2
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