EPC stays unbeaten in conference
The East Poinsett Warriors used a steady attack to remain undefeated in 2A-3 conference play Friday night in Rector, topping the hosting Cougars, 64-41.
After a slow start saw EPC hold a 10-9 advantage following the first frame, the Warriors were able to find their rhythm in game. Trailing by two points midway through the second quarter, EPC rattled off a 10-0 run to move ahead 30-22 at intermission. EPC, up 44-34 going into the fourth, forced Rector to try and match their pace in the final stanza, resulting in Cougar turnovers and creating Warrior scoring opportunities in transition.
EPC received contributions from a number of players on the night, as nine Warriors made their way into the scorer's column. Darius Barnes and A.J. Turner paced EPC with 14 points each. Rashad Madden notched 13 in the win. Also scoring for the Warriors were Jammar Sturdivant 8, Jori Ford 5, Byron Ford 2, Wendel Prichett 2, Brady Jones 2 and Trent Baugus 2.
EPC sank eight of 12 at the free throw line. Madden had a productive night at the stripe, connecting on seven of 10 attempts.
No player scored in double figures for Rector.
Junior Boys Win
The Junior Warriors pulled away late for a 37-32 win in their meeting with Rector. EPC held a 10-7 advantage after the first, but fell behind 15-14 at intermission. The squads were knotted up at 24-24 heading into the fourth.
Paul Pilgrim and Malik Monk had strong showing for the Junior Warriors, netting 15 and 11 points, respectively. Also scoring for EPC were Chris Bly with six points and Byron Scales with five.
The Warriors continue to reign supreme atop class 2A. With a relatively easy 88-49 victory over the hosting Cross County Thunderbirds Saturday, EPC improved to 22-3 overall and 13-0 in 2A-3 league action. The Senior Warriors are favored by many to claim the 2A state crown. This winter, EPC repeated at NEA Tournament champions and remain unbeaten in the always-competitive conference 2A-3, further adding to their remarkable successes of the past several years.
The Warriors are slated to host Riverside beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and Cross County for Senior Night beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 8.