Prep Basketball: A.L. Brown girls 65, South Rowan 51

  • Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 1:10 a.m.
South Rowan's Avery Locklear (15) drives up court in game with A.L. Brown. Photo by Jon C. Lakey, Salisbury Post.
South Rowan's Avery Locklear (15) drives up court in game with A.L. Brown. Photo by Jon C. Lakey, Salisbury Post.

LANDIS — South Rowan girls coach Jarrod Smith is starting to take it personally.

A.L. Brown is now 2-0 against Smith’s Raiders but 0-4 against the rest of the planet. The Wonders overcame 30 points by sophomore Avery Locklear and won 65-51 at South on Friday.


“The only team they hit shots against is us,” Smith groaned.

Smith has a point. Brown has averaged a meager 30 points per game in losses to Mooresville, Lake Norman, East Rowan and Mallard Creek, but the Wonders average a healthy 68.5 ppg against South.

A.L. Brown coach Mike Wolford talked about buying a supply of South jerseys and handing them out to all future opponents, and he was only partly kidding. It might not be a bad idea,

Brown rained 3-pointers against South in Bullock Gym on Nov. 29, and 3s were again decisive in the rematch. Four of Brown’s six 3-balls came in one deadly flurry.

South trailed 22-15 three minutes before halftime, and it was anyone’s game, but then Jennifer Raper hit two 3s back-to-back. Then Megan Shue made one, and Mackenzie Rogers added a long one before halftime to push the green-clad visitors ahead 36-22 at the break.

“The shots started falling and that put momentum on our side,” Wolford said. “South hustled from start to finish and did a good job on the boards, but we made a lot of shots.”

South (3-4) is missing some firepower with Lynsey Corriher sidelined by a knee injury, and that halftime deficit proved too big to overcome.

The Wonders kept scoring in the second half, although they started doing it in a different way. South went man-to-man, and freshman Kyla Downs, Bianca Moody and Aitana Grant drove hard for layups.

“When they were in a zone, we were a shooting team and when they had to go man-to-man we were a driving team,” Raper said.

Grant made three buckets, and Brown shot 7-for-12 in the third to push the Wonders’ lead to 53-36.

“Not to make excuses, but we really missed Lynsey in the post, and Cassidy (Chipman) was playing with a twisted ankle,” Smith said. “The schedule’s not going to get any easier, so some people have to step up.”

Downs, a freshman, and Grant, who missed the first South game with a concussion, scored 13 points each to lead the Wonders.

“Downs is not afraid, and she did a good job of attacking,” Wolford said.

The Wonders’ biggest lead came on a banker by Downs that made it 63-40 with 3:16 remaining.

Locklear, who averages 22.4 points a game, scored 21 of South’s 29 second-half points and she accounted for 100 percent of South’s 15 points in the final quarter.

She had two 30-point games last season, and she scored 43 in a game earlier this season.

“She’s a fantastic player,” Wolford said. “You pick your poison with her. You play her to drive and pray she’s not making 3s.”

Locklear is 0-4 in her career against the Wonders, but managed to stay positive.

“We should’ve done a better job tonight of locking down their shooters,” she said. “But we’ll get it together. The only way we can go is up.”

A.L. BROWN (65) — Downs 13, Grant 13, Shue 9, Moody 7, Raper 6, Rodgers 5, Grier 4, Kituku 3, Chalmers 3, Vernon 2, Alexander.

SOUTH ROWAN (51) — Locklear 30, Chipman 11, Bost 4, Martin 4, Hubbard 1, Honeycutt 1, Davis, Stamey, McClendon, Coley.

A.L. Brown 15 21 17 12 — 65
S. Rowan 7 15 14 15 — 51

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