Word of God 57 Holly Springs 49
Don’t let the Word of God (9-6) win-loss record fool you! They have played a brutal schedule and have lost to nationally-ranked teams and some of the top teams in the state of North Carolina. Featuring one of the top players in the country, 6’10 five-star Michigan commit Isaiah Todd looks to make an immediate impact. In addition, 6’3 senior Chase Forte, 6’4 senior Quandre Bullock, 6’7 junior Saiquone Harris, and 6’3 sophomore Po’Boigh King bring plenty of firepower to this lineup.
Holly Springs upset NCISAA 3A power Carmel Christian earlier in the season and has 6’’8 Georgia State commit Kaleb Scott along with 6’9 junior Dante Kiesenhofer and 6’0 senior guard Marcus Elliott.
The first quarter brought plenty of action as both teams got downhill and made impressive plays as Word of God raced out to a 19-15 first-quarter lead. Word of God used a balanced attack as six players got in the scoring column and as a team, knocked down three 3-pointers. While Word of God was scoring from various spots on the court, Holly Springs did the most damage by dumping the ball in the low post to Kaleb Scott who scored multiple times off the jump hook. While Word of God controlled the tempo for the majority of the game, they took a slim 28-25 halftime over Holly Springs.
Entering the fourth quarter, Word of God led 44-38 behind the play of Todd who tallied eight points. For Holly Springs, Scott was doing his best “Grant Williams” impersonations by using his strength and low post moves as he too matched Isaiah Todd in scoring with eight points. Word of God then proceeded to close the game out and take a hard-earned a 57-49 win.
Leading the way for Word of God was Todd with 19 points while Bullock had 10 points. For Holly Springs, Scott put on a workmanlike performance with 22 points going 8-of-14 from the floor and 6-12 from the free-throw line.
Game MVP: 6’10 Senior Isaiah Todd (Word of God)
It was a typical “inside-out” type of game for the super talented Isaiah Todd. Standing a lengthy 6’10, Todd has advanced perimeter skills for someone his size. In addition, he has touch and range but more importantly has the ability to bring the house down with some crowd-pleasing dunks. Todd finished with 19 points going 7-15 from the floor and 4-7 from the free-throw line. In addition, Todd had two assists and two blocks.