Trojans use balanced effort to stay perfect


Garner put four players in double figures as they rallied from a four point deficit after the first quarter to race past Harnett Central 81-56 to remain perfect.

Harnett Central (5-11, 1-8) took a four point, 19-15 lead after the first quarter thanks to four points from Zach Spainhour and Ruben Malone. Garner was able to stick around thanks to four points from Donald Johnson. But, the Trojans missed several shots which allowed Central to take the lead after one.

That lead didn't last long as Garner (16-0, 9-0) began the second quarter a 10-0 scoring spurt to reclaim the lead. During that second period, Johnson scored seven points while Dominique Reed added five points in the stanza. Central just had no answer as Garner used their quickness and several turnovers to take a 40-25 lead to the locker room.

After halftime, Central still had no answer for the Trojans as Garner pounded the ball down low where Reed went to work scoring six points in the third quarter to lead Garner to a 59-40 lead after three.

The fourth quarter saw the Trojans empty the bench as every player on the roster played and in his first apperance of the season, Anthony Tucker scored a career high five points as the Trojans cruised to an 81-56 win. Garner had 20 steals on the evening.

Garner is back in action tomorrow night at 7:30 when they travel to Smithfield-Selma for a match-up with the Spartans.

Harnett Central
: Ruben Malone: 16 points, Zach Spainhour 9 points, Heath Bowers 8 points, Brian Taylor 7 points, Nate Laing 6 points, Dekkorres Allen 3 points, Malcolm Graves 3 points, Heinrich Zinkhan 2 points, Austin Warren 2 points

GARNER: Donald Johnson 17, Dominique Reed 16, Gavin Wilson 11, Josh McClain 11, Larry Richardson 7, Anthony Tucker 5, Cameron Redd 4, Cliff Holt 3, Max Khuns 3, Deion Dorsey 2, Emmanuel McClain 2.

Varsity Girls fall to Central

Coach Mays and the Lady Trojans fought their way back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter as Jennifer Stienbeck hit three, three pointers in under a minute to bring Garner back to within two.

However, the Lady Trojans just couldn't get over the hump as they fell to Harnett Central 59-54.

They will be back in action tomorrow at 6:00 when they travel to Smithfield-Selma.

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