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MILFORD – The Caroline High School Cavaliers basketball team won its first home game of the season, thrashing King William in the first of two contests between the Cavaliers.
Every member of the Caroline team got playing time except Bevontae Morris, sidelined with an ankle injury, as the Cavaliers rolled to a 80-41 triumph over King William on Tuesday of last week. Caroline improved to 1-2 overall while King William fell to 0-4.
Aason Pankey and Deion Scott each scored 12 points to lead Caroline. Aaron Lewis added 11 points and Will Howard, 10.
Five Caroline players scored treys, with Pankey and Michah Robinson each sinking two 3-pointers.
Caroline jumped out to a 25-9 lead in the first quarter, and King William never mounted a serious challenge thereafter. With the starters and reserves being mixed in the play, Caroline continued to outscore King William 20-6 in the second quarter and 20-9 in the third quarter.
King William, without several of their main players due to football playoffs, were led by Vontrell Spurlock with 14 points, including two 3-point shots.
Caroline’s reserves looked particularly strong. The 11 points by Lewis led players coming off the bench, and A.J. Goodall added 7 points. Junior center Dwandre Parker also chipped in 7 points.
Caroline coach Antoine Johnson said that confidence was the difference between the King William game and the previous week’s games in the Thomas Dale tournament.
“When they are confident, they play strong, unlike in the Thomas Dale tournament, when they were intimidated by the other team and their play was very timid,” said Johnson. “This game was a confidence builder for the subs.”
Last week’s game versus Essex was postponed as the Trojans were preparing for the state finals in football.
This week, Caroline was scheduled to visit King William on Monday, then begin Battlefield District play by hosting Courtland on Tuesday and visiting Chancellor on Friday.
Next week, Caroline is scheduled to visit Spotsylvania on Tuesday and hos James Monroe on Friday.