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AREA CALENDAR: Lady Knights top Cape Fear Christian 54-43

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After dropping its opening game of the season, the Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team has won three out of four following a 54-43 nonconference win over Cape Fear Christian on Tuesday night.

Missing the services of junior Caroline Stone due to illness and freshman Tatum Godwin to a Tuesday out-of-town commitment, the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independent Conference Lady Knights brought up a pair of junior varsity reinforcements to ensure it would have enough players to make it through.

Greenfield did more than that, using a double-double from junior guard Kaelyn Wall. Wall finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while seventh grader Serenity McNair tacked on 16 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Jeallen Holland, an eighth grader, had eight points and four assists.

Cape Fear Christian, a member of the 1-A Sandhills Conference, fell to 1-3.

The Lady Knights are home to Rocky Mount Prep on Friday.

 

CAPE FEAR CHR. (43)

Bass 5, McLamb 5, Brannon 2, McNeil 11, Taylor 10, Parker 2, Horne 6, A. Bass 2.

GREENFIELD (54)

McNair 16, Holland 8, Parker 3, Wall 25, Hassan 2, Williams.

 

Score by quarters:

Cape Fear Chr. 7 8 12 16 43

Greenfield 10 17 14 13 54

Lady Warriors squander lead in OT

WENDELL — The Hunt High varsity girls basketball team sprinted out to a 10-point lead in overtime during Tuesday night’s game at East Wake, but defensive lapses from the visiting Lady Warriors late in the extra period enabled the hosts to get easy layups and pull away for a 66-56 decision.

Hunt (2-1) of the 3-A Big East Conference was led by 16 points from junior Imani Sutton. Another junior, Bria Griffith, tossed in 15,

East Wake went ahead for good in the final minute of overtime and pulled away.

“We just gave up,” Hunt head coach Tiffany Parks lamented.

Four players finished in double figures for East Wake (3-3) of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference, led by 12 from Gabrielle Buchanan. East Wake also shot 30 free throws, compared to 14 for Hunt.

Hunt visits Nash Central on Wednesday.

 

HUNT (56)

Griffith 15, Jones 2, Rushing 3, Carlton 5, Smith 13, Sutton 16, Lucas 2, Thorpe.

EAST WAKE (66)

Graham 10, Razor 10, Ricks 3, Buchanan 12, O’Neal 9, Carmon 11, Gupton 9, Upshur 2.

 

Score by quarters:

Hunt 15 6 12 17 6 56

East Wake 12 11 12 15 16 66

Lady Tigers romp past New Life

Despite not scoring in the final quarter, the homestanding Wilson Prep varsity girls basketball team overwhelmed New Life Christian 80-8 on Tuesday.

Trinity Mobley, Jadore Lucas-Barnes and Destiny Ainstead accounted for 68 of the points as the Lady Tigers cliamed a 30-0 bulge after one quarter and owned a 51-3 cushion at halftime.

Ainstead poured in 31 points, while Mobley drilled in 23 and Lucas-Barnes tossed in 14.

Mobley added six rebounds, seven steals and seven assists. Tyana Watkins contributed six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Haley Waddell managed five assists, while Reanetta Lusius-Reynolds grabbed six rebounds.

 

NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN (8)

No scoring available

WILSON PREP (80)

Mobley 23, Watkins 6, Robinson 2, Waddell 2, Lusius-Reynolds 2, Lucas-Barnes 14, Warren, Ainstead 31.

 

Score by quarters:

New Life 0 3 5 2 8

Wilson Prep 30 21 29 0 80

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Knights pull away from CFC

Greenfield turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter, breaking up what was a tight varsity boys basketball game and cruising to an 69-54 victory over Cape Fear Christian on Tuesday.

Greenfield made just 33 percent (8 of 24) of its first-half shot attempts and connected on just 1 of 10 from 3-point range in the opening half. But the host Knights, now 7-2, ran off a flurry of transition baskets to open the fourth quarter after leading just 43-40 through three quarters. 

“Defense carried us. We did a good job of turning them over some and finding the open man,” said Knights head coach Rob Salter.

Junior guard Creighton Lebo had 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second half. Lebo also grabbed 11 rebounds while junior Dji Bailey, returning to form after an injury, finished with 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Jordan Lynch, praised by Salter for his ball distribution, tossed in 14 points.

Senior guard E.J. Bethea scored 20 points to pace the Eagles (8-3).

Greenfield remains at home Friday as Rocky Mount Prep pays a visit.

 

CAPE FEAR CHRISTIAN (54)

Arrillaga 4, Adams 11, Bethea 20, Okoye 4, Capalbo 7, Owens 6, Watson 2.

greenfield (69)

Baker 4, Lynch 14, Pittman 9, Lebo 27, Bailey 13, Holland 2, Foster, Sessoms.

 

Score by quarters:

Cape Fear 11 12 17 14 54

Greenfield 12 12 19 26 69

Wilson Prep falls to New Life, 71-66

The host Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys basketball team saw a 47-41 lead after three quarters vanish into a 71-66 loss to New Life Christian of Fayetteville on Tuesday evening.

The Tigers were outscored 51-37 the second half, including 30-19 the final quarter.

Senior Tyronne Whitaker paced Wilson Prep with 24 points and six rebounds, while senior Sean Sanders provided 16 points and seven rebounds.

 

NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN (71)

No scoring available

WILSON PREP (66)

Whitaker 24, Gray 5, Taylor 3, Tomlin 5, Blackston 4, Artis 5, Moore 4, Sanders 16.

 

Score by quarters:

New Life 15 5 21 30 71

Wilson Prep 16 13 18 19 66

Firebirds falter at SSS 67-64

SMITHFIELD — Down one with 20 seconds remaining, the Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team could not find the go-ahead basket and concded a 67-64 nonconference decision at Smithfield-Selma on Tuesday night.

The 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds (2-2) owned the lead for most of the contest, but lost it in the waning stages of the fourth quarter.

Senior Darius Edmundson led Southern Nash with 20 points, with junior Michael Parker adding 16.

Stats were not available for Smithfield-Selma (1-2), a member of the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference.

Southern Nash traverses to another Johnston County opponent on Wednesday when it visits Corinth Holders.

 

SOUTHERN NASH (64)

Rambert 5, A. Allen 6, C. Allen 6, Jones 8, Parker 16, Dellavalle 3, Edmundson 20.

SMITHFIELD-SELMA (67)

No scorers available.

 

Chargers stifle Halifax for 1st win

It took seven games but the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team finally presented Kevin Zander with his first victory as head coach as the Chargers shut down visiting Halifax Academy 66-20 on Monday.

“Our boys continue to build character and improve on executing a game plan,” Zander said. “A great team effort starting with defense leading to offense. I am very proud of their effort tonight.”

Co-captains Harrison Parker and Zach Hunter each netted 15 points to lead the Chargers (1-6), while a third co-captain, Brice Murray, added 11 points.

The win provides Wilson Christian with a taste of momentum heading into Friday’s North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region opener at Raleigh Christian.

 

HALIFAX ACADEMY (20)

Copeland, Garrett 6, Crouch 3, Harris 5, Hardee 4, Carter, Keeter, Woodall, Rose 2, Wood, Woodard

WILSON CHRISTIAN (66)

Murray 11, Dehart 4, Parker 15, Hunter 15, Denmark, Frieden 2, Blaylock 2, Melvin 6, Thompson 4, Paul, Peacock 7, Little.

 

Score by quarters:

Halifax 6 2 9 3 20

Wilson Christian 15 17 24 10 66

 

 

JUNIOR VARSITY

Knights handed 1st loss 81-80

Greenfield suffered its first boys basketball loss of the season with an 81-80 setback Tuesday at home against Cape Fear Christian.

The Knights, now 7-1, were led by Frankie Peele with 26 points and Nathan Woodard with 24 while Justin Holland added 14 points.

Greenfield is at home again Friday against Rocky Mount Prep.

Bulluck paces Tigers to 44-42 squeaker

Behind Devyn Bulluck, the Wilson Preparatory Academy boys basketball team pulled out a 44-42 victory against visiting New Life Christian of Fayetteville on Tuesday.

Bulluck responded with a performance of 24 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three blocked shots.

James Cooper added six points and four rebounds to the winning cause.

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