Red Devils shake off slow start to win

The Lady Red Devils got off to a slow start Friday against rival Maiden, despite an earlier-season win against the Blue Devils by as many as 30 points.

By first quarter’s end, the Lady Red Devils put any doubt away and crushed rival Maiden in its win Friday.

Newton-Conover (14-1, 7-0) took a 6-4 lead early and then within the last four minutes of the first quarter outscored Maiden (7-11, 2-6) by a 11-7 margin.

Quazzy Tipps and Shynese Whitener added most of the Red Devils’ points early and combined for 14 of their 17 first-quarter points.

In the second quarter, things went from bad to worse for Maiden, despite Kendra Patterson’s five points. The Red Devils outscored the Blue Devils by a margin of 15-2, and Maiden’s final basket of the half came at the 4:37 mark by Lindsey Klinck.

“We’ve been fighting all season,” said Kati Chapman, Maiden’s girls basketball coach. “A couple of things go wrong, and we just seem to fall apart.”

The Red Devils picked up where they left off in the third quarter after leading 32-13 at the half. Kadesha Gibbs scored eight of the Red Devils’ 17 third-quarter points, as Newton extend its lead to 40-13.

“We played really hard tonight. Our execution was great,” said Newton head girls basketball coach Jonathan Tharpe. “We played three games last week, so it was tough for us coming out early on.”

Tipps added five points in the fourth quarter. She led all scorers with 20 points. Whitener finished with 14 points, and Gibbs added 11 points for Newton, who remains in first place in the CVAC Conference.