NR basketball split wins

Published 7:35 pm Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Lady Warriors got a 60-42 win over Deep Creek High School at home this week, improving them to 2-0 on the season. Meanwhile, the Warriors lost 55-42 to Deep Creek on the road, giving them a 0-3 record to start the season.

Briana Autrey led the way for the Lady Warriors with 17 points and eight rebounds. Cassidy Simmons added 10 points.

“I thought we were in tune,” Lady Warriors coach R. Calvin Mason Sr. said. “Our execution on the offensive end was a lot better. We are still playing good defense too. We still have work to do.”

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Defensively, the Lady Warriors have been playing well. Offensively, Mason feels his team can improve as the season goes on.

In the boys’ game, NRHS was down 17-4 after the first quarter of play. They shot 1-8 from the floor and had two rebounds to go along with four turnovers. In the second quarter, the Warriors played much better, going into the half only down 30-19.

After three quarters of play, the Warriors were down 37-28. Nansemond River seemed to be inching closer until Deep Creek started the fourth quarter off with a 6-0 run to keep the Warriors at arm’s length. NR never got closer than eight points.

Josh Hale finished the game with nine points, three assists and three steals to cap a good week for him. He had 36 points, shot 47 percent from the floor, had 13 assists and logged nine steals in three games of play in the opening week. Gerard Stringer came off the bench for eight points and a team-high five rebounds.

“I think the younger players are getting better,” Warriors coach Ed Young said. “Opening with three games in four days for a young team is tough. There is no real ‘fix it’ time in practice, because we are caught game planning for the next opponent.”

Caleb Butts had 24 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for Deep Creek.

Both NRHS teams play Hickory High School on Tuesday. The boys will play at home, while the girls will play away. Each game is set to start at 7 p.m.