WAXHAW — Porter Ridge High junior point guard Kyler Harris scored a career-high 29 points and also had 10 rebounds, seven steals and four assists to lead the Pirates to a 60-58 road win over Cuthbertson on Friday. Head coach Garrett Malone’s team has now won five games in a row.
Harris (6-foot-1) scored 11 points in the first quarter and shot 13-of-16 from the field on the night. He raised his season averages to 13.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game.
“It felt great,” Harris said of the win. “We played good defense at the end, and we fought through it. … We just had to play harder, get into the passing lanes, and do what we do best.”
The Pirates improved to 10-4 overall and are tied for first place in the Southern Carolina 4A Conference standings at 2-0. “I was so proud on how they persevered some adversity,” Malone said. “We always talk about keeping poise in tough times and I thought they did that… It was a great team win.”
The Pirates won the Chesterfield County Christmas tournament, then defeated Piedmont last Tuesday (Jan. 6).
Cuthbertson senior Christian Haggarty scored six points in the first period, helping the Cavaliers build an 18-15 lead, and senior Christian Alston tallied five points in the second quarter; the Cavs carried a 31-28 advantage into the halftime break.
The contest was tight throughout, with the score tied at 41 heading into the fourth quarter.
Porter Ridge seniors Gregory Wenger, Jr. and CJ Anthony each made a 3-pointer in the final period. Anthony finished with nine points, senior Isaiah Williams scored 8 and Wenger contributed six points and six rebounds.
Despite the outcome, Cuthbertson head coach Chris Caputi liked the effort he got from his players.
“I went into the locker room and told them how proud I was to be their coach,” Caputi said.
“Our guys came together more and played harder for each other, and it was a really fun experience to watch them do that with the kids we have….”
The Pirates will prepare to host Marvin Ridge on Friday. Cuthbertson is now 9-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
The Cavaliers will travel to Weddington on Friday.
PR — Harris 29, Anthony 9, Isaiah Williams 8, Wenger 6, Jacob Anderson 6, Tristan Stitt 2
C — Haggarty 14, Caleb Beals 12, Kaleb Parker 9, Keenan Jackson 7, Alston 6, Max Sanfilippo 6, Jared Haymore 4