Dozen scorers lead HCHS

Published 3:55 pm Thursday, February 11, 2010

AHOSKIE – Twelve Hertford County High School players scored Tuesday night.

That helped the Bears to roll to an 87-45 victory over Currituck County High School and as HCHS improved to 12-5 overall and 8-3 inside the Northeastern Coastal Conference.

Markee White and Petey Boone led Hertford County with 13 points each while Antonio Vaughan chipped in 12. Dontez Tyler and Jordan Jones had nine points each.

Martell Cooper led the Knights with 21 points.

Hertford County jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 6-0 spurt. After Michael Morris and Cooper exchanged hoops, Vaughan scored to start the run. Morris added another bucket before Tyler scored twice from the charity stripe to make it 8-2.

The teams exchanged hoops until Cooper hit back-to-back buckets midway through the period to get the Knights within 12-11.

Hertford County roared back, however, with Jones and Dekimis Perry sandwiching hoops around a Vaughan triple as the Bears surged ahead 19-11. Cooper scored to stop the spurt, but Vaughan answered on the other end before Boone scored from behind the arc to make it 24-13 after one quarter.

Shelton Simmons opened the second quarter with a three-pointer for the Bears. Cooper scored for Currituck to answer, but then HCHS took control.

Hertford County rolled off 14 unanswered points to take a commanding 41-15 lead.

Petey Boone had two three-point plays to go along with hoops from Jones, D’Isaac Jordan, Vaughan and Brian Beale.

A Brian Nicastro hoop finally stopped the Hertford County onslaught, but the Bears scored five of the final seven points – including a triple by Quinton Lashley – to take a 46-19 halftime lead.

Jones scored the first hoop of the second half for the Bears as they continued to hold a 20-plus point advantage throughout the period. Vaughan buried a three-pointer late in the period and sparked a 7-0 spurt that included hoops by Tyler and Jones as HCHS pushed ahead 62-32 heading into the final quarter.

Laquan Etheridge started the fourth period with a three-pointer for Currituck, but the Bears responded by scoring the next eight points in a row. Tyler scored from the free throw line and Simmons added a hoop while White did the rest of the damage, pushing HCHS ahead 70-35.

After an Aaron Lindsey hoop for the Knights, White scored six straight points to give Hertford County a 40-point edge (76-36) from which they never looked back.

Rounding out the Hertford County scoring were Beale (7), Lashley (6), Simmons (5), Perry (4), Morris (4), Derrick Benthall (3) and Jordan (2).

Hertford County will travel to Bertie High School Friday for the final regular season contest.