AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Tigers win 11th straight to end 2018

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ROCKY MOUNT — The Wilson Prep varsity girls basketball team completed an unbeaten December with a 64-37 triumph Saturday at Rocky Mount Prep.

The Lady Tigers, who haven’t lost since dropping their season opener Nov. 7 at Cary Academy, won their 11th straight while the Lady Jaguars sagged to 1-5.

Eighth-grader Destiny Ainstead led a trio of scorers in double figures for Wilson Prep as she fired in 27 points. Junior Trinity Mobley netted 22 points to go with 13 steals and 11 assists while senior Jadore Lucas-Barnes added a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds. Ainstead collected seven rebounds and six assists while senior Haley Waddell hauled in 10 rebounds.

Wilson Prep is off until Jan. 8 when it visits Southern Wake Academy in Clayton in a Capital Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Triangle Athletic Conference matchup.



Mobley 22, Waddell 2, Lucas-Barnes 12, Ainstead 27, Riley 1.


No scorers available.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 21 13 18 12 64

Rocky Mount Prep 7 10 11 9 37

Lady Panthers shut down Hobbton 54-9

KENLY — The North Johnston’s girls basketball team enjoyed its most dominant performance of the season with a 54-9 win against Hobbton, 54-9, Friday night. 

The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Panthers, now 3-2, scored a season-high in points and allowed a season-low. Senior guard Jordyn Scott led the way with 21 points and 10 steals. 

“I love defense,” Scott said. “That’s what my favorite thing is on the court — defense. Defense wins you games.”

Defense has been the theme for North Johnston early this season after losing Tayanna Jones and Levossie Taylor to graduation and transfer, respectively. The Lady Panthers have had to rely on defense turning into offense to score, and Friday they racked up 20 steals.

North Johnston relies a lot on young players with half of its roster being freshmen or sophomores, and sophomore Arial Pearce was the second fiddle to Scott with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist. Senior Lindsey Massengill also put in eight points.

The 1-A Carolina Conference Lady Wildcats remained winless through five games.

The Lady Panthers play their final pre-Christmas game Thursday at home against South Johnston.



Bustamante 5, Parker 2, Wilkes 2.


Scott 21, Pearce 12, Massengill 8, Massey 6, Blue 4, Barnes 2, Gachuz 1, Gibson, Hines, Narron, Jones.


Score by quarters:

Hobbton 4 1 2 2 9

North Johnston 15 12 20 7 54



Tigers hold off RM Prep 91-83

ROCKY MOUNT — Wilson Prep’s varsity boys basketball winning streak reached four games as the Tigers held off a fourth-quarter rally by host Rocky Mount Prep to prevail 91-83 on Saturday.

Wilson Prep, now 7-3, outscored the Jaguars 26-7 in the third quarter to take a 66-43 lead entering the fourth quarter. But Rocky Mount Prep (1-5) poured in 40 points to keep it interesting down the stretch.

Senior forward Righteous Tomlin dropped a season-high 31 points to lead Wilson Prep, which also got 16 points each from seniors Sean Sanders and Tyronne Whitaker.

That was the final game of the calendar year for the Tigers, who resume play Jan. 8 at Southern Wake Academy in Clayton.



No scorers available.


Whitaker 16, Gray 1, Taylor 8, Tomlin 31, Blackston 8, Artis 7, Moore 4, Sanders 16.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 14 26 26 25 91

Rocky Mount Prep 20 16 7 40 83

Panthers shellack Hobbton, 67-22

KENLY —  The North Johnston High varsity boys basketball team continued to rebound, posting its second decisive win of the week by a 67-22 count against 1-A visitor Hobbton on Friday night.

The Panthers of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference were coming off a 64-32 triumph against winless (0-6) Lakewood on Tuesday.

North Johnston, with a 2-2 record, visits neighboring Rosewood for a rescheduled game Saturday. The Panthers opened the year with back-to-back losses to 1-A county rival Princeton.

North Johnston head coach Chris Batten credited the wins to the team’s defense stepping up. 

“Defensively, we’re just a better basketball team than we’ve been in the past few years,” Batten said. “That’s the difference tonight to me. We just played hard-nosed, aggressive defense. 

The defense turned into offense as four Panthers scored in double digits against the Wildcats.

Emmanuel Howell paced the Panthers with 14 points. Luke York tossed in 11 points, while Daylan Hinnant and Savon Foye netted 10 each. Justin Vann had nine points. 



Holliday 4, Britt 8, Martinez 3, Weeks 2, Robinson 2, Pearsall 2, Corbett 1.


Howell 14, York 11, Hinnant 10, Foye 10, Vann 9, Lucas 4, Rodrigues 4, Wallace 2, Moore 2, Watson.


Score by quarters:

Hobbton 4 4 6 8 22

North Johnston 23 25 9 10 67



CBA goes 2-2 at E. Wayne Duals

GOLDSBORO — C.B. Aycock split its four wrestling matches Saturday at the Eastern Wayne Warrior Holiday Duals. The Golden Falcons opened with a 63-10 victory over Northern Nash and ended with a 60-15 triumph over Hunt. In between, CBA lost 39-33 to 4-A Southern Pines Pinecrest and 51-27 to Hope Mills Gray’s Creek.

Junior Tyler Hughes and sophomore Turner Bass each won all four matches while going 3-1 on the day were seniors Alex Soroka and Torrence Franklin, juniors Canon Barrett and Colby Perry and sophomores Omar Tucker and Kelvin Dickenson.

The Falcons, now 11-6, will wrestle 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference foes Southern Wayne and Greenville Rose on Tuesday.



Tigers rally past RM Prep

ROCKY MOUNT — Visiting Wilson Prep rode a 33-point outburst in the third quarter to a 75-70 comeback boys basketball win Saturday at Rocky Mount Prep.

Sophomore Devyn Bullock poured in 25 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to go with four steals and four blocks to lead the Tigers. Sophomore Majesty Felder added 16 points for Wilson Prep

Balanced scoring paces WCA

Behind a balanced scoring attack, the Wilson Christian boys basketball team cruised to a 65-28 conquest of visiting New Life Christian of Rocky Mount on Friday.

The victory evened the Chargers’ record to 6-6. Sharing scoring honors for WCA were Channon Atkinson, Joseph Snow and Josh Vanderpool with 13 points each.

The Chargers are back on the court Tuesday at home against Faith Christian of Rocky Mount.

CCS bows to Ridgecroft 31-16

AHOSKIE — Eighth-grader Abigail Jackson led the way with nine points, and the Community Christian School girls basketball team secured a 31-16 win at Ridgecroft on Thursday afternoon.

CCS (3-4) is off until Jan. 7, 2019, when it hosts Rocky Mount Faith Christian.

Lady Warriors split games

On Tuesday. the Hunt girls basketball team lost to host Clayton, 40-24, but followed up on Thursday with a 25-12 win at Charles B Aycock.

The Lady Warriors now sit at 4-1. 

In Tuesday’s loss, Kaitlyn McNair and Jayden Sauls led the way with nine points each. On Thursday, Sauls was second with 10 points, while Madison Mercer stepped up with 11 points. 

Hunt will next be in action at the Southern Wayne JV Christmas tournament next Friday, facing 3-A Big East Conference foe Southern Nash.