The East McDowell Trojans and Lady Trojans basketball teams finished out their home schedules with a pair of wins against cross-town rivals West McDowell Middle School Thursday at East.
East McDowell 35, West McDowell 33 (girls basketball)
In the girls contest, the East McDowell Lady Trojans, propelled by a second-half rally, survived with a 35-33 victory Thursday afternoon.
West McDowell jumped out to a lead in the early going and was up by as much as 19-12 late in the first half.
However, the Lady Trojans trimmed the deficit down to 21-16 at the break and then a second-half surge of 19-12 was just enough to preserve the victory.
East McDowell guard Peyton McPeters had 12 points to lead all scorers. Kensly Stewart added nine points. Faith Laws tallied seven points. Kennedy Dobson chipped in four points, Alexis Rhymer scored two points and Tayla Carson made one free throw for the Lady Trojans.
Abby McMahan collected a team-high eight points for the Lady Spartans. Brooklyn Thompson netted seven points. Emma Carroll had six points. Gracie Rice and Anna Carroll finished with four points each. Emma Washburn and Kiersten Kemper rounded out the scoring with two points each.
East McDowell 54, West McDowell 23 (boys basketball)
The boys’ game proved to be a lot more anti-climatic as the East McDowell Trojans led wire-to-wire in a 54-23 rout of county rival West McDowell.
East opened the contest with seven of the first eight points scored, put together a 19-5 run through the first five minutes of play and never looked back from that point.
Seven Trojan players scored in the game with four of them in double figures. Guard David Olivo had a team-high 12 points followed by 11 points each from Noah Higgins and Xavier Taylor. Brady Pyatt added 10 points in the paint.
Chase Coley had six points in the game and Kaiden Compton along with Rylan Parkins finished with two points each.
West McDowell had five players get in the scorebook on Thursday but had no players in double figures.
Matthew Spivey finished with eight points, all of them in the first half. Jeremiah Ellis had seven points. Ashton Burnette chipped in four points and Jackson Marsh, Sage Wood and Jaurice Ledbetter scored two points apiece.
Both East and West McDowell will conclude their basketball seasons on Monday. West will be at home against East Burke Middle School while East will be on the road at Walter Johnson (4 p.m. start).