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AREA ROUNDUP: Panthers oust Bruins in first round of EPC tournament in OT

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ROCKY MOUNT — Taking advantage of foul trouble to limited depth inside for Beddingfield, the North Johnston High varsity boys basketball team emerged from a 19-point halftime deficit Monday night to record a 71-65 victory over the Bruins in the first round of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tournament at Nash Central.

The Bruins, the No. 4 seed, conclude their season with a 9-14 record. North Johnston, seeded No. 5, moved to 6-17 and gets the challenge of top seed Farmville Central, the defending North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A champion, on Wednesday.

Junior Raekwon Batts led the Bruins with 20 points, while junior Kaleb Harris had 12. However, Beddingfield was hurt by losing both to fouls in the fourth as North Johnston continued its rally. The Panthers erased a 42-30 deficit entering the fourth as Harris was assessed his fifth personal foul with approximately four minutes left in regulation.

Batts was disqualified with his fifth personal in the first minute of the extra session.

“We were getting a lot of 50-50 balls in the first half,” Beddingfield head coach Jeremy Howard said. “Then, we started turning it over and they pressed us full court.”

Senior Carsse Lucas had 15 points to pace four Panthers in double figures. Senior Dylan Pitts had 14 and a third senior, Demaris Hicks, added 12.

Howard saluted the devotion of his remaining roster that met attrition in the latter half of the regular-season conference schedule.

“I told them I will never forget, as long as I live, the effort of the guys that were left,” Howard said.

NORTH JOHNSTON (71)

Pitts 14, Vann 8, York 4, Parrish 10, Lucas 15, Rodrigues 2, Hicks 12, Wallace 6.

BEDDINGFIELD (65)

Coley 9, Hutcherson 6, O. Williams 6, Harris 12, Highsmith 10, Knight 2, Batts 20.

Score by quarters:

North Johnston 5 11 14 27 14 — 71

Beddingfield 20 15 7 15 8 — 65

Cold-shooting Firebirds thaw at Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT — A reliance on the 3-point shot spelled the end of the road for the Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team Monday night in a 76-64 loss to Rocky Mount in the first round of the 3-A Big East Conference tournament.

Southern Nash, the No. 6 seed, went 7 of 34 from long range with sophomore Jackson Vick leading the way with 19 points. Sophomores Chason Royal and TJ Tabron each tossed in 10 points.

The Firebirds concluded with a 7-14 record. Rocky Mount, seeded No. 3, evened its overall record at 11-11 and meets Northern Nash in Wednesday’s semifinal.

Keeshawn Silver had 14 points to pace five Gryphons in double figures. Southern’s defense struggled as a whole, as Rocky Mount connected on 31 of 55 shots for 56% accuracy.

Seven Southern Nash seniors — Chris Allen, Kaisen Rambert, A.J. Jones, Michael Parker, Bladen Williams, Michael Armstrong and Devonte Edmundson — saw their final high school contests.

SOUTHERN NASH (64)

Royal 10, Vick 19, Taybron 10, Jones 9, Parker 9, Rambert 5, Allen 3, Armstrong 3, Bailey 2, Edmundson 2

ROCKY MOUNT (76)

Thompson 9, Townsend 10, Parker 2, Jones 13, Hines-Williams 12, Ward 10, Pounds 3, Silver 14, Lynch 3.

Score by quarters:

Southern Nash 18 14 17 15 — 64

Rocky Mount 20 19 18 19 — 76

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Lady Demons bow to Northern Nash

ROCKY MOUNT — The Fike High varsity girls basketball team had its season ended Monday night with a 62-23 loss to Northern Nash in the first round of the 3-A Big East Conference tournament.

Fike, the No. 6 seed which lost 18 straight games to end the year, concluded with a 2-20 record. Northern Nash, seeded No. 3 in the field, moved  to 17-6 and hosts No. 2 Hunt on Wednesday night in the semifinal round.

Further details were unavailable.

Lady Tigers win first TRC postseason game

WELDON — It didn’t take long for the Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity girls basketball team to exact revenge for a one-point loss at the hands of North Edgecombe.

Just three days after the Lady Tigers were nudged by a 60-59 margin by North Edgecombe, WPA picked up its first win over the Lady Warriors in three tries Monday night with a 44-41 victory in the quarterfinals of the 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference tournament.

Wilson Prep, now 11-10 overall and the No. 5 seed, won its first conference tournament game as a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A ranks. Its reward will be a Wednesday semifinal game with Weldon (20-1) on its home floor after the Chargers whipped Northampton 65-21.

Weldon is the site for all games in both the boys and girls ranks in the TRC.

Critical in Wilson Prep’s win, according to head coach Ashley Banks, was its defense. A pre-game goal of three charges taken was realized when sophomore Nora Jalal took her second of the contest with 1:30 remaining in a tie game. The resulting possession led to freshman Keyonna Thompson being fouled and sent to the foul line, where she made both free throws for the final margin with just 56 seconds to go.

Fourth-seeded North Edgecombe (8-13) wilted under Wilson Prep’s on-ball pressure with the time remaining and was forced into numerous miscues.

Senior Trinity  Mobley had a double-double of 21 points and 10 steals to go along with seven rebounds, while Thompson added her own double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.

WILSON PREP (44)

Mobley 21, Thompson 13, Ziegler 2, Robinson 6, Poole 2, Jalal, Warren.

NORTH EDGECOMBE (41)

No scorers available.

Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 3 10 14 17 — 44

North Edgecombe 9 9 6 17 — 41

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