Prep Notes: Area hoops teams show big progress

Southwestern Randolph senior center Landon Williamson battles between Chatham Central’s Jacob Gilliland, left, and Aiden Johnson during last week’s game. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

RAMSEUR – The week before Christmas was relatively light for area teams and athletes, but there were some notable achievements anyway.

There was more high-scoring basketball action involving Eastern Randolph.

This time, a chunk of that was on the girls’ side with Brecken Snotherly pouring in 35 points as the Wildcats defeated visiting Burlington Williams 58-50.

On the boys’ side, Eastern Randolph rang up another big point total with an 84-66 home triumph against Burlington Williams. That pushed the Wildcats to a 7-1 record, with four of the victories coming when they exceeded the 80-point mark.

A season ago, Eastern Randolph won eight total games.

Randleman’s boys entered this week with a 7-4 record, also one victory shy of last season’s victory total.

** Dominic Payne racked up 26 points as Trinity trounced visiting West Davidson 76-38 in boys’ basketball. The Bulldogs carried a 10-2 record in this week’s holiday tournament games.

** Wheatmore’s Riley Strickland posted 26 points in the Warriors’ 62-40 victory at East Davidson in boys’ basketball.

** Southwestern Randolph’s Maddie Small scored 20 points in a 48-42 victory at Chatham Central in girls’ basketball.

In boys’ basketball, Sean Atkins had nearly half of Southwestern Randolph’s points, but the Cougars lost a 47-46 decision at Chatham Central despite his 22 points.


At Ronda, Asheboro won four of five meets in the East Wilkes Foothill Duals on Dec. 17.

The Blue Comets defeated Reagan 51-18, Corvian Community School 66-12, East Wilkes 43-23 and Wilkes Central 48-36. The Blue Comets fell 39-37 to Starmount.

Xavier Santos (120, 126), Diego Gutierrez (126, 132) and Michael Brady (182) all won five matches for Asheboro. Teammates Bearik Bigelow (106) and Eddie Soto (220) were among the four-time winners.

** In last week’s Mallard Creek’s Elizabeth Barry Memorial Tournament, Trinity placed third behind Mooresville and Bandys in the team standings. Edgar Vasquez Mora had the top finish for Trinity with a second-place spot at 106. Levi Dennis was third at 126.

By Randolph Record