Central girls hold off East

Central Davidson’s girls went the entire fourth quarter without a field goal but, in a game marked mostly by runs, the Spartans ended up having enough points in the bank Friday night.

Paige Chavis scored 19 points, younger sister Jordan Chavis had 13 and Chandler Young 10 as the Spartans held off East Davidson 50-45 to remain tied with Thomasville for first place in the Central Carolina Conference.

It was a 17-0 run spanning over five minutes, bridging the third and fouth quarters that did the trick.

“If you think it’s going to be easy, you’ve got another thing coming,” said Central coach Kevin Hudson. “They want to beat us as much as we want to beat them. Hats off to them. They shot the ball well tonight. They were on fire in the first half.”

Central, 13-6 overall, is 6-2 in the CCC along with Thomasville.

Jordan Chavis had two 3-pointers during Central’s big run, including the one that put the Spartans ahead for good. The Spartans led 47-33 with 5:58 left and seemingly were in complete control.

But Madi Hallman knocked down a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run for the Eagles. Ariel Grimsley’s free throw cut Central’s lead to 47-43 with 2:23 left but that was as close as East could get.

“It’s been this way the last four conference games,” said East coach Don Corry, whose team fell to 12-9 overall and 3-5 in the CCC. “We get in a hole and we come back but we just can’t get over the hump.”

Bayley Plummer, East’s 6-2 freshman center, had 15 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots. Hallman scored 12 points on four 3-pointers.

Central visits Lexington on Tuesday while East goes to West Davidson.

Mike Duprez can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 218 or mike.duprez@the-dispatch.com.