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CLAYTON — Zion May, a 6-foot-4 senior, muscled in for basket from close range with three seconds remaining to send the visiting Hunt High varsity boys basketball team to a 62-60 nonconference win against Clayton on Tuesday night.
May was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw.
The Comets rebounded and worked the basketball to mid-court before getting a time-out with one second left. When play resumed, Clayton passed the ball twice before the buzzer sounded — much to the relief of Hunt head coach Dwight Taylor.
The Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference escaped with their fourth win against two losses. Hunt will be on the road again at 3-A Charles B. Aycock of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
Hunt led 36-31 at halftime after leading by as many as eight points.
The Comets (3-3) of the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference rallied to a 50-44 lead after three quarters and led by as many as seven points before Hunt resorted to a trapping defense to force turnovers and reclaim the lead.
The Warriors clung to the lead for some three minutes before Clayton managed a 60-60 tie on Justin Bell’s 3-pointer.
But May delivered after taking a pass from freshman Davon Jones.
Senior Malcolm Coley led four Hunt scorers in double figures with 13 points. May netted 12, Jones 11 and junior Shaquille Wade 10.
Bell keyed the Clayton offense with 13 points, while Javonte Long and Cameron Walden each tallied 11.
Wade 10, Coley 13, Jones 11, May 12, Brunson 2, Hines 7, Taylor 7.
Ross 5, Berll 13, Bryant 6, Crumpler 8, long 11, Tate 6, Walden 11.
Score by quarters:
Hunt 14 22 8 18 — 62
Clayton 11 20 19 10 — 60
Wilson Christian rally falls short
A spirited second-half rally was not enough to rescue the Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team in a 67-63 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region loss to visiting Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina on Tuesday night.
The Chargers flirted with overcoming a 37-21 halftime deficit before falling to 1-1 in the region and 3-8 overall.
WCA breaks from region play with a test at Coastal Christian of Wilmington on Friday.
Senior Zach Hunter and sophomore Seth Thompson provided the spark as the Chargers outscored Hilltop 23-11 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 48-44. However, Hilltop matched WCA’s 19 fourth-quarter points — when Thompson and senior Brice Murray keyed the Chargers’ offense.
Murray, Hunter and Thompson each drilled in 17 points, while senior Adrian Dehart tallied 10 points for WCA.
Balanced Hilltop got 18 points from Hadyn Williams, 12 each from Will Barefoot and Will Hall and 11 from Nikolas Sanders.
HILLTOP CHRISTIAN (67)
Barefoot 13, Brown 2, Sanders 11, Gotham 9, Hall 12, Hardison 2, Williams 18.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (63)
Murray 17, Dehart 10, Hunter 17, Blalock 2, Thompson 17
Score by quarters:
Hilltop 19 18 11 19 — 67
WCA 13 8 23 19 — 63
Tant sparks WCA to region victory
Junior Kayla Tant tossed in a career-high 15 points to lead the host Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team to a 50-39 triumph against Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina in its North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region opener Tuesday night.
Tant bombed in 12 points in the first half. She drained a trio of 3-point shots and, after being fouled on a 3-point attempt, swished all three free throws.
The Lady Chargers, 8-3 overall, stayed out front after building a 12-6 first-quarter lead. However, Hilltop spurted in the fourth quarter, trimming the deficit to seven points.
At that point, Hilltop switched to man-to-man defense. WCA capitalized with senior McKenna Griffin connecting on a pair of pick-and-roll layoups off assists from junior Olivia Vick to seal the outcome.
Sophomore guard Lea Gossett sparkled with 11 points and senior Christy Jones snared 17 rebounds as the Lady Chargers dominated the backboards 39-22.
WCA goes outside the NCCSA with a trip to Wilmington to oppose Coastal Christian on Friday.
HILLTOP CHRISTIAN (39)
Colop 20, Manriquez 8, Manzaro 6, Jernigan 3, Alonso 2.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (50)
Tant 15, Gossett 11, Jones 8, Carnes 7, Griffin 4, Hartsfield 3, Vick 2, Barnes, Reams.
Score by quarters:
Hilltop 6 13 14 6 — 39
WCA 12 13 12 13 — 50
Hunt stopped by Clayton inside duo
CLAYTON — The Hunt High varsity girls basketball team couldn’t stop Asia Todd last season. This season, Todd, a 5-foot-10 senior, has help.
Todd and 6-3 senior Jaeda Scott, a transfer from Cleveland High, combined for 28 points to lead the Lady Comets to a 55-43 nonconference home win Tuesday night.
The Lady Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference dropped to 4-2, while 3-A Clayton of the Greater Neuse Conference climbed to 6-1.
Hunt continues nonconference play against 3-A opposition at Charles B. Aycock on Thursday evening.
Todd fired in a game-high 23 points, while Scott bucketed 15.
Head coach Tiffany Parks noted her Lady Warriors kept the game close. However, Hunt was plagued by foul problems encountered by Imani Sutton in the second quarter and was crippled by turnovers down the stretch. Also, leading scorer Bria Griffith did not score the second half.
Senior Tatiana Smith triggered the Lady Warriors witgh 17 points, while 6-footer MarKayla Jones scored 11.
Griffith 6, Jones 11, Thorne 2, Carlton 4, Smith 17, Sutton 3, Lucas, Spells
Worthington 5, Sanders, Toss 23, Richardson, Watkins 6, Stepnowski, Henninger 3, Eacves 3, Scott 15.
Score by quarters:
Hunt 11 14 11 7 — 43
Clayton 14 16 13 12 — 55
Fike finishes 3rd at Jerry Daniels Invite
KNIGHTDALE — Junior Aaron Bancroft prevailed in the 160-pound division, and the Fike High wrestling team finished with six place winners Saturday at the Jerry Daniels Invitational, hosted by Knightdale High.
Bancroft, following a double bye, won three matches via pin and claimed a 7-1 decision in the semifinals. His tournament-clinching win came just 66 seconds into the first period, where he pinned Cary’s Wes Alexander.
As a team, the Golden Demons enjoyed an impressive showing, finishing third among the 26 competing teams with 558 points. Cape Fear won the team title with 864 points, with Cary finishing second at 750.
Other teams particpating from The Wilson Times readership area included Southern Nash, which claimed 15th place following a 206-point showing. Hunt was 21st after amassing 100 points.
Making runs to their respective championship matches for Fike were Vincent Page at 145 and Joseph Speight at 182. Page moved into the championship match on the strength of a 10-0 major decision against Clayton’s Logan Jones, but lost the finals to Dallas Wilson of Cape Fear via a 15-0 technical fall 32 seconds into the second period.
Speight overwhelmed his semifinal opponent 21-5 via technical fall and dropped a 7-0 decision to Ryan Wolfram of Cary in the championship.
Third-place showings were turned in by Taylor Gay at 126, Jayleen Bullock at 195 and Saulo Rodriguez at 285.
Gay won his third-place bout via forfeit as Bullock pinned Clayton’s Amari Williams 1:37 into their match for third. At 285, Rodriguez prevailed in his battle for third in 1:19.
“This was a very tough tournament and most of our guys had some very tough finals matches,” Fike coach Bradley Watson said. “In order to turn these second and third place team finishes into first place, there is still a lot of room for improvement as a whole.
Southern Nash procured a third-place showing from Johnathan Salazar at 113 pounds after he decisioned Luis Martinez Larrieux of Spring Lake Overhills, 6-2.
Chargers defeat Hilltop 52-34
Will Hoskins and Channon Atkinson each scored 15 points to help the Wilson Christian boys basketball team to a 52-34 victory over visiting Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina on Tuesday.
The Chargers, now 5-6, will host New Life Christian of Rocky Mount on Friday.
WCA prevails 28-14 against Hilltop
The host Wilson Christian Academy girls basketball team forged a 16-7 first-half lead and proceeded to a 28-14 conquest of Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina on Tuesday.
Katelyn Parker led the Lady Chargers with 10 points. Reagan Barnes, Hailey Carnes, Kate Hoskins and Sophia Nesbit each scored four points.