AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Chargers crush Greenville Christian advance to NCCSA 2-A quarterfinals

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Wilson Christian, the East No. 1 seed in the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A girls basketball playoffs, played as such in crushing visiting Greenville Christian 70-25 in the first round Friday at WCA.

The Lady Chargers led 23-7 after one quarter and 40-11 at halftime as they improved to 21-9. Wilson Christian will face Alamance Christian in the NCSSA 2-A quarterfinals Thursday at Vandalia Christian in Greensboro.

Kayla Tant led Wilson Christian with 14 points while fellow senior Madison Carnes had 12 points and seven rebounds. Junior Lea Gossett added seven points and five assists for the Lady Chargers, made 46% of their field-goal goal attempts.

Now Wilson Christian, which won 55-21 at Alamance Christian on Tuesday, will prepare for the Lady Warriors again in a rematch of last season’s state championship game, won by the Lady Warriors.

“I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing,” Lady Chargers head coach Brian Trull said, before reminding: “They’d beaten us about seven times in a row until we just beat them Tuesday.”



Andrews 9, Williams 6, Dawson 4, Moye 2, Wagner 2, Brown 2..


Tant 14, Carnes 12, Parker 8, Nesbit 8, Gossett 7, Barnes 7, Hoskins 3, Vick 4, Willard 2, Petty 2, Hunter 2, Hartsfield 1.


Score by quarters:

Greenville Chr. 5 6 7 7 — 25

Wilson Chr. 23 17 22 8 — 70

Furious Ladybirds rally edges Red Rams 39-38

STANHOPE — Trailing by 15 entering the fourth quarter, the Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team assured itself of the program’s first .500 season within conference play in recent memory by storming back to claim a 39-38 victory over Franklinton.

Southern Nash (9-11, 5-5 Big East), by outscoring the Red Rams 20-4 in the fourth quarter, locked up the No. 4 seed from the conference and will get a rematch with Franklinton (11-11, 2-8 Big East) in the quarterfinal round on Monday night.

Senior Rayna Bailey had 11 points for the Ladybirds, with junior Brooke Lucas adding nine. The Ladybirds saluted for seniors, including Bailey, Jalisa Williams, TaNasia Joyner and Sam Gaure.



No scorers available.


Whitley 3, Walker 8, Lucas 9, Gaure 2, Bailey 11, Williams 6.


Score by quarters:

Franklinton 7 13 14 4 — 38

Southern Nash 6 7 6 20 — 39


Wilson Prep rally falls short in OT

TARBORO — Once down by as many as 25, the Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys basketball team battled back to claim a lead and force overtime Friday night before succumbing to 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference regular-season champion North Edgecombe 88-82.

Wilson Prep, in its first year in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A ranks, concluded the regular season at 16-7 overall and 10-4 in league play prior to the start of the conference tournament next week.

Sophomore Adrian Land had seven 3-pointers on his way to a 31-point effort. Junior Eric Wynn posted a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds as senior Jaquay Johnson added 12 points. Johnson handed out six assists. Junior Nasiar Blackston bucketed 13 points.

“I’m so proud of my guys as we showed incredible heart and even took the lead!” first-year WPA head coach Anthony Atkinson Jr. said. “We just couldn’t capitalize though. We will see them again. But we have nothing to hold our heads down about, we showed a heart of a champion tonight!”

North Edgecombe, led by the 30 points of I’Jheaur Sharpe, moved to 19-2 and finished Tar Roanoke play at 13-1.



Blackston 13, Land 31, O. Johnson 5, Farmer 3, Wynn 16, Q. Johnson 14.


Moss 6, Knight 3, Edwards 10, Sharpe 30, Tucker 20, McCrae 19.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 8 21 26 23 4 — 82

North Edgecombe 28 24 13 13 10 — 88

Firebirds clip Red Rams on Senior Night

STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team will not go winless in the 3-A Big East Conference.

Eliminating a 17-point deficit in the first half, the Firebirds used 3-pointers from senior Michael Armstrong and sophomore Chason Royal to take a lead entering the fourth and secure a 65-55 victory.

The Firebirds, in seeing Chris Allen, Kaisen Rambert, A.J. Jones, Michael Parker, Bladen Williams, Armstrong and Devonte Edmundson take part in their final home games, improved to 7-13 overall and 1-9 in Big East play.

Southern Nash will oppose Rocky Mount in the first round of the conference tournament on Monday night.

Royal had 20 points to lead the Firebirds, while sophomore Jackson Vick tallied 15.

Franklinton, locked into the No. 4 position and a first-round game with Fike on Monday, fell to 8-16 to close the regular season and 5-5 in conference, its best showing in three Big East campaigns.



List all scorers here.


Royal 20, Vick 15, Parker 9, Taybron 9, Jones 5, Armstrong 3, Rambert 2, Bailey 1, Herndon 1.


Score by quarters:

Franklinton 22 11 7 15 — 55

Southern Nash 8 19 14 24 — 65

CBA falls to Goldsboro in finale

PIKEVILLE — The C.B. Aycock High varsity boys basketball came up short, 63-50, to visiting Goldsboro in Friday’s nonconference game that was the regular-season finale for both squads.

The 3-A Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference dropped 13-11 on the season while the 2-A East Central Conference Cougars rose to 19-4.

Michael Williams had 14 points to lead Aycock, which will host D.H. Conley in the ECC tournament Tuesday.



No individual scoring available.

C.B. AYCOCK (50)

McLarin 3, Peronzini 8, Reid 8, Moore 3, Walker 8, Williams 14, Dixon 1.


Score by quarters:

Goldsboro 17 13 17 16 — 63

C.B. Aycock 9 13 10 18 — 50

Cyclones bow out vs. Burlington School

BURLINGTON — With junior Andrew Gattis sidelined with a knee injury sustained in Monday’s first-round playoff win, the Community Christian varsity boys basketball lost some of its firepower for Thursday’s North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A second-round game at The Burlington School.

The No. 3-seeded Spartans rolled to a 97-37 win, ending the Cyclones season with a 13-17 mark. Seniors Jimmy Forte (26 points) and Christian McFarland (nine points) led CCS in the loss.

The Burlington School (23-10) will host No. 6 United Faith Christian of Charlotte in the quarterfinals Saturday.


Chargers advance in NCSSA JV tourney

The Wilson Christian boys basketball team thumped visiting Berean Baptist of Fayetteville by a 48-29 margin Friday, sending the Chargers to the quarterfinals of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A JV championship tournament.

Seth Quinn led the Chargers (19-7) with 13 points while Will Hoskins added 11 points.

Wilson Christian will host Bethel Christian of Kinston in the next round.