Adrian Delph exploded for 19 points in the third quarter on way to a game-high 34 points as visiting Kings Mountain pulled away Friday from Crest in the third quarter at Ed Peeler Gymnasium to win 86-62.
Delph, who came in as the Mountaineers' leading scorer at just over 22 points per game, sat at a relatively quiet 11 points at the half before finding a different gear in the second half.
The Mountaineers (12-4, 7-0 Big South 3A) won for the fourth consecutive time and are still unblemished in the conference standings.
Zeke Littlejohn scored 11 of his 16 points in the first half while Eli Paysour pitched in 15 points.
Jason Wray scored double digits in each half and led the Chargers (1-14, 0-6) with 22 points. Chase Burgan knocked down three 3-pointers in the first half but only had one two-point basket in the second half to finish with 13 points.
The Chargers have lost four straight since their lone win over Australia's Victoria Country in late December.
Crest stayed relatively close to Kings Mountain in the first half, trailing by only four after one quarter of play and heading to the locker rooms down by only seven at 38-31. The Chargers came back from a quick 7-0 deficit to open the game to tie the score at 7 but could never gain the lead and played from behind the rest of the way.
Kings Mountain pulled away for good in the third quarter when it went on a game-deciding 21-5 run over the final 5:24 of the period. The run included dunks from Delph and Kobe Paysour. Delph supplied 12 of the 21-point surge.
Crest 60, Kings Mountain 54 -- Despite turning the ball over 32 times and allowing 34 points to Kings Mountain's Hannah Clark, Crest won its first conference game of the season by outscoring the visiting Mountaineers in each half to win 60-54 on Friday.
The Chargers (2-13, 1-6 Big South 3A) had four players reach double figures, led by Niyya Green, who hit all four of Crest's 3-pointers and finished with 21 points. Shakeira Coleman added 12 points, Aalyasia Dorsey turned in 11, and Vaniyah Petty totaled 10 points for the Chargers, who matched their season best for points with 60.
The Mountaineers (8-7, 2-5) were able to generate plenty of opportunities off Crest turnovers, but did little outside of Clark's transition baskets. Clark hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter and scored 15 points in the second half after posting 19 in the first.
Trailing 57-54 with under a minute to play, Kings Mountain turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions. Clark also misfired on three straight shot attempts – two 3-point range – while Crest's Dorsey and Keondria Williamson each knocked down free throws to seal it.
Both team's inconsistencies showed on the scoreboard as each team took turns taking an advantage after quarters. Kings Mountain held an 18-11 edge in the first quarter and a 16-6 edge in the third. But Crest outscored the Mountaineers 20-10 in the second quarter and 23-10 in the pivotal fourth quarter.
Crest shot 44 percent from the field in the second half and knocked down 9 of 16 free throw attempts.
Kings Mountain, which visits Shelby on Tuesday, has now lost three of its past four games.