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Cox Mill girls basketball player Arianna Perry

CONCORD – In a battle of teams in the top six of the Independent Tribune’s Cream of Cabarrus Girls Basketball Rankings, Cox Mill used a stout fourth quarter to emerge with a 57-50 victory over homestanding Northwest Cabarrus Friday night.

No. 5 Cox Mill improved to 12-8 overall and 5-1 in the South Piedmont 3A Conference, where it currently sits in second place. No. 6 Northwest Cabarrus is now 9-9 and 3-3 in the SPC, holding down the third spot in the league standings.

The Chargers were paced by senior Nya Tillery’s 15 points, while freshman Arianna Perry added 10.

Sophomore guard Chaunesse Barringer led the Trojans with 21 points. Junior forward Aliciah Fields contributed 13, and sophomore guard Talitha Fields added 10 for Northwest.

Northwest Cabarrus led for most of the game. The Trojans jumped out early and led 19-13 after the first period, and they went into the locker room at halftime with a 34-29 advantage.

Both teams struggled a bit in the third quarter, but Cox Mill made a strong surge in the final stanza, putting up 19 points and limiting Northwest to 10, and escaped with the victory.

SCORING SUMMARY

Cox Mill             13     16       9     19 – 57

Northwest       19     15      6     10 – 50

COX MILL – Nya Tillery  15, Arianna Perry 10, Hines 8, Lewis 3, Cline 3, Fox 2, Holmes 8, Sedergren 4

NORTHWEST CABARRUS – Chaunesse Barringer 21, Aliciah Fields 13, Talitha Fields 10, Green 2, Gordon 2, Robinson 2

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