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ROCKY MOUNT — In a trying season for the Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team, the Lady Bruins haven’t stopped doing the little things that add up.
That much was evident in the closing stages of Friday’s 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tilt at Nash Central, where Beddingfield maintained a four-point lead with three minutes to play en route to a 39-33 victory.
The Lady Bruins, who observe Senior Night on Tuesday against Farmville Central, improved to 4-16 overall and 2-6 in EPC play. Nash Central sits 4-17 and is winless in eight EPCgames.
Junior Makayla Everette led the way with 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Junior A’aniyah Sherrod added seven points and three boards. Another junior, Shamya Best, had three steals and helped jumpstart Beddingfield in the final few minutes.
“I thought the girls showed a lot of grit,” veteran Beddingfield head coach Debra Pegram said.
Everette was accurate on 10 of 14 free throws. Brittany Dudley, a sophomore, was credited with tough defense on Nash Central’s Zhaterrica Cherry, the Lady Bulldogs’ leading scorer over the final four minutes.
Dudley 2, Cooper 5, Sherrod 7, Best 2, Everette 22, Anderson, Pope, Thomas, Huggins.
NASH CENTRAL (33)
Bynum 2, Ainstead 6, Fox 6, Cherry 11, Shrock 8.
Score by quarters:
Beddingfield 12 6 7 14 — 39
Nash Central 10 4 11 8 — 33
Lady Chargers secure No. 1 seed
GOLDSBORO — Following its 20th victory of the season Friday night, the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team has assured itself of the most advantageous position possible in chasing a North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A championship.
The Lady Chargers sent all 12 of their players into a 49-20 win at Goldsboro Faith Christian that allowed WCA (20-5, 7-0 region) the opportunity to clinch the No. 1 seed in the East region for the NCCSA postseason. Wilson Christian will also be the site for the NCCSA tournament, running Feb. 21-23.
Leading 18-9 after one quarter, Wilson Christian seized full control with a second-quarter burst that left it up 49-20 at halftime.
“It was nice to get everyone involved and get kids opportunities,” Wilson Christian head coach Brian Trull said. “It’s also nice to finish first!”
Senior McKenna Griffin had 12 points and seven rebounds, with junior Ashley Hartsfield adding eight. Senior Caitlyn Barnes and junior Madison Carnes had six each.
Faith Christian, coached by former Fike High head coach Kim Howard, dropped to 6-9 overall and 2-8 in region play.
Wilson Christian hosts Fayetteville Berean Baptist Academy for Senior Night on Monday.
WILSON Chr. (49)
Griffin 12, Hartsfield 8, Gossett 7, Barnes 6, Carnes 6, Vick 4, Parker 4, Reams 1,Reece, Tant, Petty, Jones.
FAITH CHR. (20)
Miller 9, Taylor 5, Howard 2, Glover 2, Meador 2.
Score by quarters:
Wilson Chr. 18 16 10 5 — 49
Faith Chr. 9 2 4 5 — 20
Bruins foiled at Nash Central 64-63
ROCKY MOUNT — The scenario surrounding second place in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference boys basketball race is right where one would expect it to be — completely unsettled.
Presented with an opportunity to claim sole possession of second in the EPC on Friday, Beddingfield High instead found itself unable to convert on key possessions in the final three minutes and suffered a 64-63 defeat at the hands of Nash Central.
Beddingfield dropped to 8-12 overall and 4-4 in the EPC, once again immersing itself in a three-way tie with SouthWest Edgecombe and Nash Central. The Bruins encounter a challenging Senior Night test against Farmville Central on Tuesday.
Four players finished in double figures for Beddingfield, led by sophomore Lamont Speight’s 18 points. Avery Huggins had 13, while sophomore Mike Best added 12. Senior Trevon Brantley pitched in 11.
The combination of Avante’ Simmons and Chris High paced Nash Central with 23 and 21 points, respectively and helped the Bulldogs pull away late from the free-throw line.
Huggins 13, Brantley 11, M. Best 12, Speight 18, J. Best 4, Gattis 3, Battis 4.
NASH CENTRAL (64)
Richardson 5, Simmons 23, Joyner 2, High 21, Brinkley 9, Pittman 2, Williams 2.
Score by quarters:
Beddingfield 25 11 10 16 — 63
Nash Central 20 18 12 14 — 64
Chargers hang on, defeat Faith, 58-56
GOLDSBORO — Despite connecting on just 3-of-13 free throws in the fourth quarter, the visiting Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team hung on for a 58-56 North Carolina Christian School 2-A East Region victory Friday night.
Leading 46-42 after three quarters. the Chargers of first-year head coach Kevin Zander came away with their seventh region victory against four losses and evened their overall record at 13-13 with two regular-season games remaining next week.
In the final quarter, the Chargers got a 3-pointer from junior Harrison Parker and a field goal each from senior Brice Murray, senior Zach Hunter and sophomore Seth Thompson. Murray, Hunter and Parker added a free throw each.
Hunter keyed the Chargers to a 13-9 lead after one quarter. Balanced scoring enabled WCA to build the margin to 32-23 at halftime.
Faith Christian rallied with junior Luke Miller connecting on four shots from 3-point range.
Both teams featured balanced scoring, with the Chargers getting 12 points each from Parker and Hunter and 11 from Thompson.
Miller’s 15 points paced Faith, while freshman Blaise Conlon and senior Cal Reese each netted 10. The Conquerers fell to 2-9 in the region and to 5-14 overall.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (58)
Murray 9, Dehart 8, Parker 12, Hunter 1`2, Thompson 11, Blalock 2, Melvin 4, Paul.
FAITH CHRISTIAN (56)
Miller 15, Voeller 4, Pittman 4, Ashford 9, Conlon 10, Reese 10, Harris 2, Woodard 2.
Score by quarters:
WCA 13 19 14 12 — 58
Faith Christian 9 14 19 14 — 56
Firebirds seal tie for second place
FRANKLINTON — The visiting Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team bounced back from a slow start to clinch a tie for second place in the 3-A Big East Conference regular season with a 61-52 triumph against Franklinton on Friday night.
The Firebirds took the lead in the third quarter — when they outscored the Red Rams, 15-8.
Head coach Robbie Kennedy’s Firebirds finished 6-4 in the Big East, tied with Fike, and enters the conference tournament at 14-8 against all foes. Franklinton wound up winless (0-10) in the league and finished the regular season at 2-20.
Sophomore Chason Royal poured in a career-high 27 points for Southern Nash and senior Darius Edmundson, the team’s leading scorer, bucketed 12.
Southern Nash and Fike could share second place with Hunt — if Hunt upsets Northern Nash next Friday.
Tigers seniors get nice farewell
Three Wilson Prep Academy varsity boys basketball seniors scored in double figures in a 74-44 win over LifeSpring Academy in the Tigers’ final regular-season home game Thursday night.
Seniors Lincoln McTaggart, Tayejon Miller and Allen Cannady combined to outscore their Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Triangle Athletic Conference opponent Lions (0-7, 0-6), 46-44. McTaggart dropped in 18, Tayejon Miller put in 17 and Cannady knocked in 11 points.
The Tigers (18-7, 9-1 TAC) finished the regular season as the champions and will hold the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament next week. The Tigers will await either No. 3 Word of God or No. 6 LifeSpring Academy on Feb. 13.
LIFESPRING ACADEMY (44)
No stats available.
WILSON PREP ACADEMY (74)
McTaggart 18, Miller 17, Cannady 11, Tomlin 9, Adams 7, Bullock 4, Whitaker 3, Woodard 3, Blackston 2.
Score by quarters:
LifeSpring 12 9 10 13 — 44
Wilson Prep 10 16 28 20 — 74
Deans-led Hornets thump NECP, 61-49
Another stout performance from 6-foot-1 junior Jeremiah Deans triggered the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf varsity boys basketball team to a 61-49 win against North East Carolina Prep of Tarboro on Thursday.
Deans poured in 38 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in posting another double-double. His numbers included four steals and two blocks.
Junior Naheim Carlton complemented with 13 p oints and four rebounds.
The Fighting Hornets upped their record to 10-7.