The Hobbton Wildcat girls basketball team had their second blow-out in as many nights Friday, beating North Duplin 62-8.
Coach Alphonso Hooper said, “Any time you play back-to-back it’ hard. My girls came out and played hard both nights. In the second half, we tried to execute on offense. It’s good to get two wins and that makes us 2-2. We have to get ready for next week. We have two games and meet North Duplin again. North Duplin is young this year but Coach Oliver is working hard with them. We had a good effort both nights. We are just glad to get two wins. Last year we started off on the losing side. Its nice to get some wins early on.”
Leading the scoring for the Wildcats was Sasha Martin with 31 points, 11 steals and 6 assists. Michaela Wilson had 18 points, 7 steals and 2 assists. Casey Hobbs had 6 points and 1 steal.
Hobbton vs. Spring Creek
Hobbton’s girls bared their claws Thursday night in a home game against Spring Creek, taking a huge bite out of the visitors and racking up their first win of the season 76-20.
Defense, said assistant coach Morgan Farroll, was the key to the game.
“We had 36 steals as a team, and our transition game was a little better than Spring Creek’s was,” Farroll said.
The offense the steals and transition game created provided the Wildcats multiple opportunities to score, and score they did, making over 20 points off the steals, alone.
Hobbton pulled out in front early and maintained a comfortable lead throughout. The Lady ‘Cats led 33-10 at the half and then amassed another 43 points in the third and fourth quarters, holding Spring Creek to only 10 more points on the night.
Hobbton’s girls shot 50 percent as a team and were 12 of 15 from the charity stripe.
Leading scorers for the Lady ‘Cats were Martin with 23 points; Wilson, 18; Shavonia Bell, 12; Hobbs, 6; Shawnice Blue, 6; Jolesa Perry, 5; and Taylor Bowden, 4.
Wilson had 15 steals in the came and Hobbs pulled down 8 rebounds.
JV falls to Rebels
Hobbton’s JV lost a close one, 54-47. The Wildcats closed to within 3 in the fourth quarter but just couldn’t pull it out. Hooper said, “We were down 20 at the half. We cut it down to 10 in the second half. Our problem was turnovers. They won the first half but we out-played them the second half. The guys didn’t give up.”