Just like earlier in the season, Winchester boys basketball and Union girls basketball beat Randolph County rivals Friday night in the twice-delayed 2014 Randolph County tourney.
Staged this year at Winchester Fieldhouse, the Falcon boys started the night by taking control early to beat winless Randolph Southern 71-31, but the later girls game was different.
The surging Lady Rockets survived a late comeback from Monroe Central to beat the Golden Bears 52-47 in overtime.
Thus, a long Saturday of hoops is set for a boys semifinal doubleheader in the afternoon, with Union City meeting defending champion Union at noon, followed by Winchester meeting Monroe Central.
Saturday night, the Union City girls will meet Union at 6 p.m., followed by Winchester against Randolph Southern.
In Friday’s opener, 5-3 Winchester scored 16 straight points to go ahead 18-2 and never looked back while again besting the Rebels easily.
“We were real pleased that we came out with the intensity that we did. That was good to see,” said Winchester coach Rick Owens.
Kiante Enis had a game-high 18 points for the Falcons, including three thunderous dunks. Brandon Edwards added 13 and Jordan Yaryan 11. Kyle Armstrong led the 0-8 Rebels with 10 points.
“I thought we played pretty well in the first half, but we just missed some shots we could have made,” said Rebel coach Scott Beaman. “Kyle Armstrong had his best game of the season, which was good to see. We have some things to fix as we progress this season.”
Randolph Southern begins Mid-Eastern Conference play next Friday against Muncie Burris.
In the nightcap, Union moved to 10-2 on the season, but it didn’t come easily.
The Lady Rockets had an 18-point run in the first half and blew out to a 28-9 lead. But the game seemed to turn late in the second quarter.
Monroe Central, now 6-7, scored six of the last eight first-half points to close the deficit to 30-15 at intermission, then outscored Union 14-4 in the third quarter to close the margin to 34-29.
A layup by Mikaela McGrath for the Lady Bears tied the score at 42, forcing overtime.
But Union sophomore Rylee Davis took over in the overtime, scoring nine of her team’s 10 points to finish with 17 points. Unofficially, Davis concluded the night with 16 rebounds.
“We played well in the first half, but lost it a little bit at the end of the half,” said coach Tom Zell. “We tried to play too fast late in the game, made some turnovers. But with (DeAnn) Kauffman out, (Davis) took over for us and did a great job. She has been our best rebounder all season.”
Kauffman had 16 points before fouling out, while Lisa Rodriguez added 11. For Monroe Central, Lexus Hosier had 17 points and McGrath scored 14.