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AREA ROUNDUP: Poor-shooting Lady Knights clipped by Kerr-Vance, 31-28

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The Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team whittled a 10-point deficit down to a single possession by the end of the game, but two tries to force overtime went awry Wednesday night in a 31-28 loss to Kerr-Vance Academy.

Greenfield, a 1-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, dropped to 10-5 in losing its second straight game. The Lady Knights trailed 25-17 entering the fourth quarter and presented with six players.

Kaelyn Wall, a junior, led the way with 15 points. Eighth grader Jeallen Holland had eight points.

“We just didn’t come to play,” Greenfield head coach Bruce Wall said. “We couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, and they outhustled us.”

Kerr-Vance, a member of the 1-A Coastal Conference, improved to 10-6 and was led by Emma Hogge’s 14 points.

Greenfield returns to CPIC play Friday night when it hosts Wayne Christian.

 

KERR-VANCE ACAD. (31)

Hogge 14, Dickerson 2, Owens 4, L. Negron 5, J. Negron 4, Liles 2.

GREENFIELD (28)

McNair 3, Wall 15, Holland 8, Hassan 2, Stone, Parker.

 

Score by quarters:

Kerr-Vance 10 7 8 6 31

Greenfield 7 5 5 11 28

Ladybirds upended by Red Rams 47-26

STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team opened up with a solid first quarter Tuesday night, but managed single-digit showings in the remaining three periods en route to a 47-26 loss to 3-A Big East Conference foe Franklinton.

The Ladybirds, now 4-13 overall and winless in five Big East contests, were led by junior Rayna Bailey’s 14 points. Southern Nash, which led by five after the first quarter, has lost seven in a row.

Franklinton moved to 11-5 in all games and 2-2 in conference play.

 

FRANKLINTON (47)

No scorers available.

SOUTHERN NASH (26)

Nicholson 1, Joyner 2, Mcclaston 3, Bailey 14, Winner 2, Williams 4.

 

Score by quarters:

Franklinton 8 13 6 20 47

Southern Nash 13 2 4 7 26

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

McTaggart’s big night leads Tigers

Senior Lincoln McTaggart’s 32 points and 22 rebounds spurred the Wilson Prep varsity boys basketball team to its fourth straight win, a 75-47 defeat of against Lifespring Academy of Clayton.

McTaggart took advantage of a rare starting opportunity and had season-highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals as he added five assists and three steals to his totals.

Seniors Tayejon Miller and Allen Cannady also took advantage of the increase in minutes with season-highs in points, rebounds and steals. Miller posted 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Cannady dropped 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and made a team-high five steals.

The win was the Tigers’ eighth without a loss in Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Triangle Athletic Conference play as they improved to 14-4 overall.

 

WILSON PREP (75)

McTaggart 32, Miller 16, Cannady 10, Woodard 9, Adams 8

LIFESPRING ACADEMY (47)

No stats available.

 

Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 25 17 24 9 75

Lifespring Academy 10 11 18 8 47

Panthers’ comeback attempt falls short

KENLY — After falling behind by 18 points, the North Johnston High boys varsity basketball team made a comeback in its 2-A Eastern Plains Conference home matchup with North Pitt Tuesday night. But the rally fell short as North Pitt hit a shot at the buzzer to win 60-58.

The host Panthers (5-10, 0-3 EPC) fell behind 34-18 at the half, which has become a theme for them this season. North Johnston head coach Chris Batten was pleased with the second-half effort.

North Johnston would maintain the lead until the closing minute when two fouls were called jump-balls, Batten said.

Junior Justin Vann led the host Panthers with 14 points. Senior Savon Foye chipped in 10 points and junior Carsse Lucas added nine points to the effort as well.

The Panthers will be back in action on Friday, hosting conference foe Nash Central at 7:30 p.m.

 

North Pitt (60)

No stats available. 

North Johnston (58)

Vann 14, Foye 10, Lucas 9, Rodrigues 6, Hinnant 5, York 5, Howell 3, Hicks 3.

 

Score by quarters:

North Pitt 15 19 7 19 60

North Johnston 8 10 16 24 58

Firebirds overcome Franklinton, 63-61

STANHOPE — The host Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team rallied from a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter to overcome Franklinton, 63-61, in a 3-A Big East Conference nail-biter Tuesday night.

The Firebirds ended the first half of conference play at 2-3 and climbed to 10-8 overall. Franklinton stands 0-4 against conference foes.

Utilizing full-court pressure, Southern Nash cut the huge deficit to three points with less than two minutes left. A free throw from A.J. Jones resulted in a tie. The Firebirds secured the win at the foul line.

Darius Edmundson led the Firebirds’ scoring with 16 points, while Jones tossed in 12. Chris Allen added eight points.

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