CLIMAX – Randleman’s girls’ basketball team secured the championship of the Davidson-Randolph Christmas Classic at the Providence Grove site last week.
The Tigers used 25 points from Gracyn Hall to produce a 69-53 victory against Providence Grove in the title game of the three-day event.
“We played pretty well for the three days,” Randleman coach Brandon Varner said. “To be able to bring that trophy back to Randleman is pretty special.”
Hall was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Elizabeth York had 14 points and Hannah Hinshaw posted 11 points in the title game for the Tigers, who improved their record to 10-0.
“We just played a little bit better in spurts,” Varner said. “Once we settled in, we were fine.”
For Providence Grove, Allie Frazier’s 17 points, Edi Austin’s 10 points and Asia Steverson’s 10 points topped the scoring chart. The 53 points were the most allowed by Randleman this season.
Randleman’s Hinshaw and Audra Petty were also on the all-tournament team. Other members of the all-tournament team were Frazier and Austin of Providence Grove and Salem Ward of Central Davidson.
Randleman won a semifinal game by trouncing Central Davidson 54-33 behind Hall’s 18 points and Hinshaw’s 16 points.
Providence Grove reached the final by defeating Asheboro 49-31 as Frazier had 14 points and Austin had 13 points.
Randleman opened the tournament with a 61-23 romp past Lexington as Hall and Petty each had 18 points. Providence Grove won in the first round by defeating West Davidson 50-39 as Frazier had 16 points and Austin provided 12 points. Asheboro was a 61-46 first-round winner against East Davidson as Sion Martin had 14 points.
On the boys’ side, Providence Grove was the runner-up, falling 54-51 to Central Davidson.
Zane Caudle had 15 points, Sakai McCoy added 12 point and Michael Fee had 11 points for Providence Grove in the final.
Luke Staten of Central Davidson was the MVP after scoring 10 points in the championship game, joining teammates Caden Poole and Keyshawn Breedlove on the all-tournament team. Caudle and Fee from Providence Grove and Jerquarius Stanback of Asheboro also made the all-tournament team.
“We’ll learn from it,” said Providence Grove coach Wes Luther, whose team nearly battled back from a late nine-point deficit against Central Davidson. “This group is resilient. We’ve been battle-tested.”
Asheboro defeated Randleman 66-47 in the third-place game.
Providence Grove nipped Asheboro 49-48 in the semifinals, with Caudle notching 11 points and Luke Thomas with 10 points. Tanner Marsh and Hakeeme Butler both had 10 points for Asheboro.
Providence Grove opened tournament play by defeating West Davidson 64-49 as Caudle had 19 points and Fee chipped in with 12 points. Asheboro won in the first round when Stanback racked up 20 points in an 87-53 stomping of East Davidson.