Orange Women’s Basketball

Basketball Notebook: George, Murphy lead Orange women past DSA

Women’s basketball: Orange 68, Durham School of the Arts 48: Playing a venerable Sykes Gymnasium on Monday night, the Orange women’s basketball team put four players in double-figures to win its final nonconference game of the regular season.

Junior Evelyn George finished with 19 points and eleven rebounds, her fourth double-double of the year. Sophomore Shannon Murphy came away with 13 points, eleven rebounds and five assists. Junior center Marshea Byrd had a season-high 13 points with four assists and three blocks.

Orange led by as many as 26 points in a wire-to-wire win. Four different players scored as the Lady Panthers (12-10) rushed to an 13-2 lead. Natalie Roberson opened the game with a three-pointer with a there-pointer off a feed from Byrd. Orange shot 6-of-11 from the field in the first quarter.

Durham School of the Arts (4-16) was led by freshman Faith Yon, who scored 24 points. Fellow freshman Kaylen Mumford added 14 points.

Youn and Mumford triggered a spurt late in the first quarter that cut the Panthers lead to 13-11 late in the first quarter. George scored her first field goal to open the second quarter off a drive to the basket, followed by a 15-footer from Murphy off a pass from Adkins. Orange wasn’t seriously threatened again as they piled up 24 points in the second quarter, their most in a frame this season.

The Panthers went on a 14-2 run midway through the second quarter, featuring back-to-back 3-pointers from Adkins and Maura McMurtry which put Orange ahead 37-18. Yon and Mumford combined for the final six points for the Bulldogs to reduced Orange’s lead to 37-24.

Orange limited the Bulldogs to 2-of-11 shooting from the field in the third quarter. George opened the second half with a lay-in after a blocked sot from Byrd. George followed with a three-pointer off a pass from McMurtry.

Orange will finish the regular season against Eastern Alamance on Friday night in Mebane. The Lady Panthers have split two games with the Eagles this season. During the Southeast Alamance Holiday Hoops Invitational, Orange defeated Eastern Alamance in the seventh place game 48-39 in Haw River. On January 23, the Eagles rolled past Orange 66-42 in Hillsborough.


Orange women’s basketball’s Natalie Roberson, Shannon Murphy & Marshea Byrd discuss win over Person

The Orange women’s basketball team has lived on the road for the past month. It’s last home game came against Eastern Alamance on January 23. Since then, the Lady Panthers have played in Burlington, Roxboro, Graham, Elon, at Cedar Ridge and in Durham. On Monday night, Orange never trailed in a wire-to-wire win over the Durham School of the Arts at venerable Sykes Gymnasium. Sophomore Shannon Murphy finished with 13 points, eleven rebounds and five assists as Orange improved to 12-10. Center Marshea Byrd had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists as the Lady Panthers built a 26-point lead at one point in the second half. Sophomore Natalie Roberson made her first start and came away with five points. Junior Evelyn George paced the Lady Panthers with 19 points and eleven rebounds. Last week, the Lady Panthers defeated Person in Roxboro 65-34. George led the Lady Panthers with 21 points, while sophomore Addie Atkins came away with 12 points. Orange will finish its regular season on the road, naturally, on Friday night in Mebane. They will face Eastern Alamance. Last year, Orange defeated the Eagles in Mebane in the opening round of the Central Conference Tournament. The Lady Panthers will open play in the Central Conference Tournament on Monday night with the team and location to be determined. 

Women’s Basketball Notebook: George named MVP of Reidsville MLK Invitational as Orange beats Reidsville

Orange 56, Reidsville 36: Evelyn George finished with 22 points as was named the Most Valuable Player of the Martin Luther King Invitational at Reidsville High School as Orange defeated the Rams on Saturday. George also had seven steals and five rebounds.

Orange improved to 10-5. Sophomore point guard Maura McMurtry added 15 points, five assists and five rebounds.

Shannon Murphy finished with seven points and eight rebounds as Orange won its second game in less that 24 hours.

Orange 53, Person 25: Defense led the Orange women to its fifth straight win over Person. The Lady Panthers registered 24 steals, led by McMurtry with seven thefts, while holding the Rockets to one field goal in the second quarter.

McMurtry paced Orange with eleven points and seven steals. George posted ten points, five rebounds, six steals and two blocks as Orange went into exam break tied with Western Alamance and Eastern Alamance for first place in the Central Conference with a 4-1 record.

Cassie Jay paced the Rockets with 13 points, but Person was plagued with 32 turnovers. Jay hit a jumper to put the Rockets up 7-6 with 3:21 remaining in the first quarter, but Orange went on a 7-0 run to take the lead for good. Murphy scored off a steal from center Marshea Byrd to start the spurt, which was capped by a three-pointer from George off a feed from McMurtry.

Orange guard Natalie Roberson finished with a career-high seven points, including a three-pointer off a pass from Murphy to put Orange ahead 20-9. Alexis Stephens, in her first start, scored off a stickleback basket. Jay scored Person’s only field goal of the second quarter with 41 seconds remaining, but Marshea Byrd scored off a lay-in off a pass from George to put Orange ahead 27-11 at halftime. Orange shot 7-of-12 from the field in the third quarter.

Orange sophomore Addie Atkins, who finished with seven points, scored off a three-pointer early in the third quarter off a pass from McMurtry.

Orange will return home to face Eastern Alamance on Tuesday. The Panthers defeated the Eagles in the seventh place game of the Southeast Alamance Holiday Hoops Invitational on December 30 in Haw River.

Eastern Alamance 39, Cedar Ridge 35:  In a showdown for first place in the Central Conference, the Eagles used its size to defeat Cedar Ridge in Hillsborough.

Aliya Trollinger hit a free throw with 1:34 remaining in regulation to put the Eagles ahead for good. Moments earlier, Cedar Ridge freshman Calla Lundberg tied the game with a three-pointer to tie the game with 1:39 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Cedar Ridge guard Amiyah Ware paced the Red Wolves with 24 points. The Red Wolves were fighting uphill the entire night after the Eagles stormed out to a 16-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Ayanna Garner paced the Eagles with ten points. Center Makayla Thompson finished with nine points and 16 rebounds as the Eagles maintained its share of first place in the league.

Eastern Alamance out rebounded the Red Wolves 54-45. Cedar Ridge still grabbed 16 offensive rebounds. The Eagles took an 18-8 lead after Thompson scored off a pass from Trollinger with 5:07 remaining in the first half. The Red Wolves cut its deficit to 18-16 after Ware hit consecutive 3-pointers to end the first half.

The Red Wolves built a 26-22 lead late in the third quarter after a 3-pointer from Ware off a skip pass from Utley, who finished with four assists and 14 rebounds. Freshman Kate Finnegan scored a bank shot to give the Red Wolves’ its largest advantage, but Thompson scored on an old fashioned three-point play while getting fouled by Ware.

Ware scored on a lay-in to give the Red Wolves its last lead at 28-26 with 6:19 remaining in regulation. Trollinger tied the game with a field goal off an offensive rebound, and Nicole Hester put the Eagles ahead on a transition bucket assisted by Garner.

Cedar Ridge will travel to Walter Williams on Friday night for a doubleheader.

Orange women’s basketball’s Maura McMurtry and Shannon Murphy discuss win over Eastern Alamance

The Orange women’s basketball team has had three close games to open its Central Conference season with three big wins. On Friday night, the Panthers held on to defeat Walter Williams 46-44 at Panther Gymnasium. After Williams built a six-point lead early in the third quarter, Orange went on a 20-4 run behind balanced scoring from Evelyn George, Maura McMurtry, Shannon Murphy and Mariah Poole. George scored off a strip and steal and scored on a lay-in with 1:06 remaining in the third quarter. McMurtry started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer, followed by another lay-in from Georgia with 6:37 remaining in regulation, Orange’s final field goal of the game. McMurtry finished with nine pints and three assists while Addie Atkins had eight points and seven rebounds. Orange is atop the Central Conference with a 3-0 record with wins over Southern Alamance and Western Alamance. During the Southeast Alamance Holiday Hoopla Tournament in the final days of 2023, McMurtry was named to the All-Tournament team after she scored 12 points in a 48-39 win over Eastern Alamance in the 7th place game. Murphy also scored 12 points for Orange, who won despite not having George in the lineup. The Lady Panthers, under first-year head coach Lemont Jones, are 8-4 and goes into the Cedar Ridge game on a three-game winning streak.

Women’s basketball roundup: George scores career-high 31 in Orange win over Western Alamance; Finnegan helps Red Wolves over Person

For the second time in two Central Conference games, the Orange women’s basketball team had a game that wasn’t decided until the final minute.

Once again, Evelyn George had the answers for an Orange victory.

George scored a career-high 31 points in Orange’s 45-42 victory over Western Alamance on Wednesday night. Orange improved to 2-0 in the Central Conference in beating the Warriors for the second straight time.

Western Alamance (5-6, 1-1 in the Central Conference) played most of the game without long-range threat Allie Sykes, who averages 15 points per game. Sykes, who averages 26.5 minutes per game, was limited to five minutes.

That didn’t stop the Warriors from reeling off eleven straight points to take a 17-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Guards Emma Johnson and Bri Pullium each drained 3-pointers while reserve Kayra Benitez Dorantes knocked down another shot from downtown to end the first quarter.

The Panthers used a 2-3 zone to shutout the Warriors in the second quarter, but Orange could only muster eight points and trailed 17-14 at halftime.

George had a personal 12-0 run in the third quarter to put the Lady Panthers ahead for the first time. After scoring on a baseline drive to put in a five-footer, George put Orange ahead with a straightaway 3-pointer off a feed from Alexis Stephens. Then George drained another 3-pointer on Orange’s next possession.

The Warriors scored seven straight to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Xiomara Moser, who led the Warriors with 12 points, scored on a breakaway lay-in from Kiva Shavers. George scored Orange’s next three field goals to put Orange ahead 38-35. After Western’s Tina Bowers drained a running one-hander to cut the Panthers lead to 38-37, Panther guard Shannon Murphy does for a loose ball and threw a pass while laying on the floor to Marshea Byrd, who scored from point-blank range.

Byrd added another field goal following a steal by George with 2:09 remaining to increase Orange’s lead to 42-37. Sykes reported late into the game to insert some drama, hitting a 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining. The Warriors had a chance to tie on its final possession, but a 3-pointer by Sykes rimmed out.

Orange will host Walter Williams in a battle for first place on Friday night at 6PM in Hillsborough.

Cedar Ridge 46, Person 43: Without Amiyah Ware in the lineup, the Cedar Ridge women’s basketball team got a huge game from freshman for its first conference win of the season.

Finnegan, in just her third varsity game, scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a grinding win over the Rockets where the two teams combined for 45 fouls and 54 free throws.

Person jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but the Red Wolves responded with a 9-2 run to finish the quarter. Finnegan capped the frame with a 3-pointer to put the Red Wolves ahead 9-7.

Cedar Ridge stretched its advantage to 18-9 at halftime following a jumper by Cameron Copeland off a feed from Finnegan. The Red Wolves defense held the Rockets to one field goal in the second quarter and forced 12 turnovers.

Cedar Ridge freshman Sarah Ultey, who finished with ten points, eight assists and five steals, knocked down two free throws to increase the Red Wolves lead to 20-9 with 6:42 remaining in the third quarter. The Rockets chipped away at the advantage behind four straight points from forward Cassie Jay and a lay-in by Nayahana Marner, who scored in transition to cut the Red Wolf lead to 26-22. Cedar Ridge’s Jamee Watson ended the third quarter with a three-pointer to put the Red Wolves cushion at 36-26.

Marner hit two field goals to open the fourth quarter, followed by a jumper from Paige Jay to cut Person’s deficit to 36-32.

Late in the game, Person had two chances to tie the game, but Finnegan came up with a huge steal off a pass, which led to a free throw from Addie Reid with 55 seconds remaining to put the Red Wolves ahead 43-40.

Cedar Ridge will host Southern Alamance at Red Wolves Gymnasium at 7PM on Friday night.