Predators get off to right track in region

Fox Creek High School's boys' basketball team kept its undefeated record in Region 4-A intact thanks to wins over Ridge Spring-Monetta and Blackville-Hilda.

The Predators (10-6, 5-0) got a thrilling win over the Trojans at home, 59-57, last Tuesday. Chris Harmon had a game high 29 points to lead the Predators, who had trouble closing out the win from the free-throw line. Brandon Gladney, who got a big steal with roughly a minute to go, missed a free throw, followed by D.J. Curry, who also missed one a few seconds later.

Brandyn Quiller had three 3-pointers on the night, to go with 16 points, but also missed a free throw. The clock slipped away in the ensuing scramble for the ball, and Fox Creek was able to escape.

Andre Baskett, the Predators' head coach, credited the team's efforts toward focusing on defense.

"Defense wins games, and we have to play hard and with intensity," he said.

The Predators followed up the narrow win with a trouncing of Blackville-Hilda, 71-43. Harmon led the effort in that game as well, racking up 21 points and Curry had 15. Quiller also had 10 points in the victory.

Fox Creek's girls lost to Ridge Spring-Monetta on Tuesday, 38-33, though Keiana Green tied for a game-high 14 points with the Lady Trojans' Shanquita Brown.

The team rebounded on Friday with a win over Blackville-Hilda, 38-36. The win pushed the team's record to 4-8 on the year, but more importantly to 3-2 in Region 4-A.

"That was a big win for us because Blackville-Hilda was undefeated in the region," said Fox Creek girls' head coach Richard Brady. "We're just fighting to get one of those playoff spots."

Dominique Moore, who was a starter last year for the Predators, is also slated to make her return this week. Moore underwent surgery in December for a leg injury.

Fox Creek's action this week was to have included a trip to Williston-Elko on Tuesday and games against Wagener-Salley on Friday.