Hunter registers narrow win over Central

from staff reports

   Thursday night's Central-Hunter boys varsity basketball game was expected to be a close one, and it panned out just that way.
   In a contest that pitted two of the county's top teams, Hunter Taylor scored the winning bucket late in the contest as the Tigers pulled out a 47-44 victory on their home floor.
   "My varsity played more aggressive, but we missed way too many at the foul line and turned the ball over for no reason," said Tigers coach Chris Collins. "Our press and press offense need a lot of work. Rebounding is still our No. 1 objective to improve on."
   Kelly Rapert led Hunter in scoring with 14 points, followed by Taylor's 13. Cody Smith chipped in nine for the Tigers, who trailed 33-29 entering the fourth quarter.
   Cain McWalters pitched in 14 points for coach Lamont Barnett's Comet ballclub. Loveless and Cline added eight and seven, respectively.
   "Hunter Taylor and Kelly Rapert stepped up and had tremendous games," Collins said. "Lamont has some great athletes and they are well-coached. We were lucky in many ways to come out with this win."
   Hunter entertains Fall Branch on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
   Girls Varsity
   Hunter 43
   Central 16
   Hollie Grindstaff pumped in 11 points for the Lady Tigers, who led 12-0 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
   Brittney Nidiffer, Jessica Ketterman and Emily Asher contributed six points apiece for Hunter, while Bradley led the way for Central with six points.
   Boys Junior Varsity
   Hunter 41
   Central 30
   Hunter used a big second quarter, in which it outscored Central 14-3, and 17 points from Waters to get the job done against the Baby Comets.
   Cornett and Rapert tossed in nine points apiece for the winners, with Hopson scoring 12 to pace Central.
   Girls Junior Varsity
   Hunter 23
   Central 4
   The Lady Tigers coasted to the win behind six points from Jennifer Ketterman, and five points each from Andrea Lewis and Nidiffer.
   Moore converted a 3-pointer for the Lady Comets.