AREA ROUNDUP: Briggs’ 32 points sparks Lady Bruins by Nash Central, 66-56

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Posted 1/22/20

ROCKY MOUNT — A commitment to better defense resulted in instant success for the Beddingfield varsity girls basketball team, which rode freshman Daneesha Briggs’ career-high 32 points in …

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AREA ROUNDUP: Briggs’ 32 points sparks Lady Bruins by Nash Central, 66-56

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ROCKY MOUNT — A commitment to better defense resulted in instant success for the Beddingfield varsity girls basketball team, which rode freshman Daneesha Briggs’ career-high 32 points in a 66-56 victory Monday at Nash Central.

The Lady Bruins, now 11-4 overall, rose to 2-1 in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference after rallying in the second quarter to take the lead for good. The Lady Bulldogs (3-12, 0-3 EPC) led 17-11 after the first quarter but by halftime, Beddingfield was ahead 32-26 and didn’t relinquish the advantage the rest of the game.

“We just started playing better defense and did a better job of pressuring the ball,” Beddingfield head coach Debra Pegram said.

Briggs, who also had five rebounds and four blocks, was complemented by 6-foot-4 senior center Makayla Everette with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks and senior A’Aniyah Sherrod, who tossed in a season-high 13 points to go with eight rebounds and five steals.

Senior Zhaterrica Cherry’s 17 points led Nash Central.

The Lady Bruins go back on the road Friday night as they visit SouthWest Edgecombe.



Anderson 2, Pender 5, Sherrod 13, Briggs 32, Best 1, Everette 13.


Gunter 7, A. Ainstead 12, Thomas 2, Fox 2, Cherry 17, D. Ainstead 14, Roughton 2.


Score by quarters:

Beddingfield 11 21 12 22 — 66

Nash Central 17 9 12 18 — 56

Fourth-quarter swoon dooms WCA

The Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team, in its quest for a North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A championship, has a problem to solve.

Leading midway through the fourth quarter, Wilson Christian witnessed the visiting Chatham County Thunder sink five 3-pointers from five different players in the final period Tuesday night, fueling a 25-8 spurt from the visitors and sending the Lady Chargers to a 50-38 loss.

The Lady Chargers, with four seniors playing meaningful minutes, dropped to 13-8 ahead of their next game at Wilmington Christian on Friday.

“We had a catastrophic meltdown,” Wilson Christian head coach Brian Trull said. “We didn’t do a good job on the defensive end. We didn’t trust each other....we’ve got to figure out a way to win these games.”

Senior Ashley Hartsfield led the way with 12 points, with junior Lea Gossett adding 10. Freshman point guard Kate Hoskins had four assists and three rebounds.



S. Davis 19, Cunningham 15, Brooks 8, R. Davis 5, Harrison 3.


Hartsfield 12, Gossett 10, Carnes 6, Tant 6, Vick 4, Parker, Nesbit, Hoskins, Barnes.


Score by quarters:

Chatham Co. 6 11 8 25 — 50

Wilson Chr. 14 9 7 8 — 38

Shorthanded Greenfield falters

With a dearth of available bodies at its disposal, the Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team could not keep up in the fourth quarter en route to a 61-46 to Lighthouse Christian of Clayton on Tueday.

Missing the services of point guard Serenity McNair and defensive stalwart Catherine Stanley, Greenfield (12-7), a 1-A member of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, trailed 40-34 entering the fourth quarter. However,  Lighthouse feasted on Greenfield’s six-player rotation and outpaced the Lady Knights by nine over the final eight minutes of play.

“We don’t have any subs,” Greenfield head coach Bruce Wall lamented.

Greenfield was also missing Tatum Godwin and Fletcher Williams off its bench.Anna Hendricks led all scorers for Lighthouse Christian with 30 points.  The Lady Knights visit Lawrence Academy on Wednesday.



Kennedy 17, An. Hendericks 30, Rozowski 2, Au. Hendricks 9, Wilson 3.


Dean 4, Holland 4, Wall 22, Stroh 6, Williams 8, Parker 2.


Score by quarters:

Lighthouse 14 15 11 21 — 61

Greenfield 14 8 12 12 — 46

Lady Cougars fall in EPC test at Farmville

FARMVILLE — With an opportunity to contest 2-A Eastern Plains Conference-leading Farmville Central, the SouthWest Edgecombe varsity girls basketball team couldn’t keep up.

The Lady Jaguars jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter at home and the Lady Cougars couldn’t catch up, losing 71-56.

Natayshasai McKinney led the Lady Cougars (10-5, 1-2 EPC) with 16 points, while Bailey Davis added 14 more, but it wasn’t enough to stack up against a bevy of scorers for the Lady Jaguars — Joyner (26 points), Ja’shyrah Carmon (17 points) and Janiya Foskey (13).

Farmville Central (11-3, 3-0) came right out of the gate and scored 28 points in the opening quarter and enjoyed 61-38 advantage entering the fourth quarter until SouthWest cut into the deficit.

The Lady Cougars will have an opportunity to bounce back as they host another conference foe in Beddingfield on Friday night.



McKinney 16, Davis 14, Battle 13, Smallwood 7, Dunn 3, Pridgen 3


Joyner 26, Carmon 17, Foskey 13, Willoughby 7, Speight 5, Baker 3.


Score by quarters:

SW Edgecombe 17 8 13 18 — 56

Farmville Central 28 13 20 10 — 71

CBA gets by Eastern Wayne 33-26

GOLDSBORO — Holding host Eastern Wayne to single digits in every quarter, the Charles B. Aycock High varsity girls basketball team notched a 33-26 victory over its Wayne County rival on Tuesday night.

Junior Katlyn Parrish had 11 points for the Lady Golden Falcons, now 9-7 overall and 2-4 in the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.

Junior Kaitlyn Smith tallied seven.

Eastern Wayne fell to 2-13 and remained winless through six ECC tests.

CBA is at South Central on Friday.


C.B. AYCOCK (33)

Speight 4, Smith 7, Patnaude 1, Mason 3, Thomas 2, Spruill 5, Parrish 11.


No scorers available.


Score by quarters:

C.B. Aycock 3 8 11 11 — 33

Eastern Wayne 7 7 5 7 — 26


Solid shooting carries WCA

The Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team placed four players in double figures Tuesday night in a 66-49 victory over Raleigh Christian. Junior Alex Horrell had 23 points for Wilson Christian as sophomore Deston Melvin had 14. Senior Harrison Parker had 14 and junior Seth Thompson tacked on 12.

“A hard-fought battle against a very talented RCA team,” Wilson Christian head coach Kevin Zander said. “We did a good job moving the ball tonight, but struggled keeping them out of the lane. In the end we got the turnovers we needed.”

WCA (6-13) shot for 50% accuracy in the win and plays at Wilmington Christian on Friday.



Castleberry 13, Wood 12, Van Reenan 12, Gowely 10, Kaszajewski, Li, Goloob, Lara, Robinson, Kinney.


Melvin 14, Ortiz, Horrell 23, Thompson 12, H. Parker 14, S. Parker 2, Spinella, Jackson, Provo, Peacock 1, Wood.


Score by quarters:

Raleigh Chr. 13 13 14 9 — 49

Wilson Chr. 14 19 23 10 — 66

Bruins turn back Bulldogs, 69-65

ROCKY MOUNT — With 6-foot-5 senior Avery Huggins back on the court and back in form, the Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team still needed the contributions of several other players to get a 69-65 2-A Eastern Plains Conference win Tuesday at Nash Central.

The Bruins, now 8-7 overall and 2-1 in EPC outings, scored the last five points of the third quarter to cut the Bulldogs’ (4-10, 0-3 EPC) lead to a point entering the fourth quarter. Beddingfield took the lead for keeps early in the fourth quarter and held on for its second straight win after a disappointing loss at North Johnston last Wednesday.

The Bulldogs cut the lead to three points with 18 seconds left but junior forward Kaleb Harris was able to get out of a trap. With 2.6 seconds remaining, Huggins canned 1-of-2 free-throw attempts to ice the game for the Bruins.

Huggins, who sat out two games last week due to disciplinary reasons, finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. However, he had plenty of help. Senior guard Nathan Coley dropped in 13 points while Harris added nine points and nine rebounds. Then there was senior point guard Jatavis Highsmith, whose buzzer-beater sent the Bruins past North Lenoir on Monday. Highsmith had 10 points and at least six assists, said head coach Jeremy Howard.

“He probably had his best game of the year,” Howard said.

Huggins and the Bruins have a showdown with SouthWest Edgecombe and its high-flying senior star Keishon Porter on Friday night in Pinetops.

“Avery might play well but our role players are going to have play well like they did tonight,” Howard said.



Highsmith 10, Hutcherson 2, Harris 9, Batts 8, Coley 13, Huggins 27.


D. Joyner 6, Richardson 22, Pittman 2, G. Brown 7, Howington 1, Mitchell 2, Miller 25.


Score by quarters:

Beddingfield 10 27 13 19 — 69

Nash Central 18 17 16 14 — 65

Free throws foil Firebirds in 4th

STANHOPE — Half of the misses for the Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team came in the fourth quarter Tuesday night as the Firebirds dropped a 68-58 decision to 3-A Big East Conference foe Rocky Mount.

Southern’s tepid performance from the line, where seven misses occurred in the fourth, kept it winless in Big East play through four games and 4-8 overall.

Senior Michael Parker had 17 points, while sophomore Chason Royal had 14. Jackson Vick, a sophomore, had nine.

Rocky Mount moved to 6-9 overall, 3-1 in league play.

Southern Nash visits Franklinton on Friday.



No scorers available.


Allen 7, Jones 5, Bailey 3, Parker 17, Tabron 3, Royal 14, Vick 9.

Surging CCS wins third in a row

ROCKY MOUNT — Jimmy Forte had a double-double of 31 points and 11 assists to go along with seven rebounds, and the Community Christian School varsity boys basketball team won its third straight game Tuesday night with a 77-58 win at Faith Christian.

Forte, a senior, also pulled down seven rebounds for the Cyclones, now 7-14 overall and 5-3 in the 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference.

Junior Andrew Gattis had 16 points and six rebounds while handing out four assists and Christian McFarland added 12 points.

Senior Michael Piccolo and Landon Beaman contributed eight points.

Faith Christian, which sat atop the CIC standings entering play, dropped to 13-6 in all games and 8-2 within the league.

The Cyclones visit Lee Christian on Thursday.

SWE loses shootout; Porter reaches 1,000 points

FARMVILLE — SouthWest Edgecombe traveled to Farmville Central for a 2-A Eastern Plains Conference varsity boys basketball showdown, but the Cougars were given everything they could handle and more in a 99-88 loss to the Jaguars.

Adding a dash of bittersweet in the loss, SWE senior and Radford University signee Keishon Porter eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career with a 33-point effort to lead the Cougars (12-3, 2-1 EPC).

Entering the contest, Porter needed just 14 points to reach the benchmark, but his big night — paired with the addition of 14 points from Zach Sledge and 10 from Zay Mayo — proved not enough against the defending state 2-A champion Jaguars, currently ranked No. 1 among North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A teams by Maxpreps.com.

A trio of 20-point performances from Division-I recruits Terquavion Smith (23), Samage Teel (23) and Justin Wright (22) boosted the Jaguars (15-2, 3-0 EPC).

SouthWest, ranked No. 9 in 2-A by Maxpreps, mounted a 38-point fourth quarter, but it was not enough to cut the deficit into single digits, let alone finish off a comeback victory.

SouthWest Edgecombe will host Beddingfield for another big conference game Friday night.



Porter 33, Sledge 14, Mayo 10, Ruffin 9, Seabreeze 6, Wright 6, Wooten 4, Wilkins 4, Richardson 2.


Complete stats not available.


Score by quarters:

SW Edgecombe 19 17 14 38 — 88

Farmville Central 32 25 23 19 — 99

Falcons lose 3rd straight at E. Wayne

GOLDSBORO — Three players reached double figures in scoring for the Charles B. Aycock High varsity boys basketball team Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to halt a losing streak for the Golden Falcons in a 72-63 setback  at 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe Eastern Wayne.

It was the third straight loss for CBA, now 8-8 overall and 2-4 within ECC play. Charles Walker had 18 points for the Falcons, with junior Trever Reid adding 11 and senior Alijuan Moore 10.

Eastern Wayne improved to 6-9 overall and 3-3 in the league.

The Falcons visit South Central on Friday.


C.B. AYCOCK (63)

Peronzini 4, Reid 11, Moore 10, Walker 18, Poindexter 6, Reid 5, Williams 4, Dixon 3.


No scorers available.


Score by quarters:

C.B. Aycock 15 15 20 13 — 63

Eastern Wayne 21 13 22 16 — 72


Chargers outlast Raleigh Christian 52-35

The Wilson Christian boys basketball team turned in a 52-35 victory over Raleigh Christian on Tuesday.

Jordan Mills had 17 points for WCA, while Will Hoskins had 12.

WCA (11-7) is at Wilmington Christian on Friday.

WCA tames Thunder 36-26

The trio of Holland Miller, Ellyn Watson and Hailey Carnes each posted nine points for the Wilson Christian girls basketball team in a 36-26 conquest of the Chatham County Thunder on Tuesday night.

WCA, now 14-1 overall, visits Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Thursday.