The Dudley Panthers were led by PJ Hairston’s 25 points last night as they defeated Morehead 60-52 at Dudley. Hairston is only a freshman but he is the man and his coach David Price says the best part of his game is everything. I would say that his three-point shot is one of the best we have seen. Hairston can nail the three and he has such a smooth-in-rhythm release. PJ might be the best player in the county as a freshman.(One of the best in the Country) He is getting looks from every college in the nation and they are well deserved.
The kid can play and he makes me think back to 1996 when Dudley had a freshman named Braxton Williams and that year Dudley won the State 4-A Championship and the MVP of the final was that freshman Braxton Williams. That was the same year Dudley had Vincent Whitt and Brendan Haywood and Williams was a leader. Williams and Hairston are entirely different type ball players. Williams was rock solid because he also played football and went to Clemson on a football scholarship. Hairston is lean and smooth and quick as a cat and sometimes his quickness is deceptive as it almost comes out of nowhere.
Whatever you do, keep and eye and ear on this kid PJ Hairston because his is in his prime as a freshman and you hope Dudley can keep him around all four years and that an Oak Hill or Mount Zion or another school doesn’t come in and try and take our PJ away. We need PJ to stay so Dudley can win a few more titles and remember Dudley will be headed to the 4-A ranks in about two years and that will mean some much tougher competition especially when you hit the playoffs and start seeing some of the Charlotte-area schools.
Ricky Smith and Mike Coger also had good nights for Dudley in the win over Morehead.
The Dudley girls got an easy win over Morehead 73-35. The Ragsdale boys had a lead over Trinity but they couldn’t hang on as the Bulldogs came back to bite the Tigers 51-35. Ragsdale won the first half 24-16, but it was all Trinity in the second, as the Dogs ran away by a 25-11 margain. It became an overall very low scoring night for Ragsdale as the Tigers received their first conference loss of the season. The Page Pirate boys had no trouble scoring as they extended their winning streak to three games with a 93-76 win over East Forsyth. The Page girls were 50-45 winners over EF. The Ragsdale girls won out over Trinity at Trinity but we do not have the final score for you at press time.
Smith got a split with NWG as the Golden Eagle boys were winners 49-47 and that makes Smith (3-3) in the Metro. The NWG girls bounced back from their loss to Page to defeat Smith 53-38. Grimsley swept HPC with the Whirlie girls winning 63-47 and the boys topped HPC 71-52. Northern took two from WG, as the Nighthawk boys were victorious 64-33 and the NG girls won over the Hornets 70-50. Reidsville gave the Eastern Guilford girls their first conference loss of the season topping the ‘Cats 66-57 but the Wildcat boys led the Reidsville Rams 50-29 at the half and held on to win 97-93 in a shootout. NEG grabbed two from Western Alamance with the NEG boys winning 73-60 and the Ram girls win it 63-33.
Greensboro Day and HP Wesleyan got together and the Bengal boys won by 20 over the Trojans 55-35 while the HPW girls destroyed GDS 59-11. The SWG boys got a rare win topping WS Carver 61-54 while the Cowgirls won over the Yellowjackets 56-29 to go (6-0) in the conference. HP Andrews and Glenn split with the Andrews boys winning 67-50 and the Glenn girls ran by HPA 53-33. The SEG girls are now (18-4) after their 64-44 victory over Asheboro and the Falcon top five of Gibbs, Alston, Hackett, Beasley, and Reddicks are playing well together. The Southern Guilford girls picked up win number five versus 15 losses but it was still a win as they beat WS Atkins 70-52. The Atkins Camels turned the tables on the Southern Storm boys 75-59 for the Camels.
That’s it for this report and if anybody gets that Ragsdale girls score, please send it our way.
*****Ragsdale girls win it 53-46 over the Trinity Bulldogs and Lisa Archie returns for the Tigers.*****