AREA ROUNDUP: Walker leads CCS by Oakwood, 39-22

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Posted 1/15/20

GREENVILLE — Junior Olivia Walker incinerated the nets for 20 points, and the defense of the Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team didn’t allow a point in the third …

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AREA ROUNDUP: Walker leads CCS by Oakwood, 39-22

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GREENVILLE — Junior Olivia Walker incinerated the nets for 20 points, and the defense of the Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team didn’t allow a point in the third quarter Tuesday en route to a 39-22 victory over 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference foe Oakwood.

Walker netted 14 of her total in the first half as her 3-point efficiency forced the Lady Eagles (2-9, 1-7 CIC) to employ a box-and-1 approach.

Abigail Jackson, promoted from the junior varsity ranks for the contest, had nine points.

CCS (4-10, 2-5 CIC) is at Rocky Mount Faith Christian next Tuesday.


CCS (39)

Walker 20, Langley 1, Webb 5, Lenhart 2, Lyndon 2, Jackson 9, Vaughn, Lee, Gardner.


Weaver 3, Vick 10, Marcu 2, Robinette 2, Ali 5.


Score by quarters:

CCS 7 10 11 11 — 39

Oakwood 10 3 0 9 — 22


Lady Chargers glide by Greenville 56-30

All 14 players on the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team saw action, and the Lady Chargers jumped out to a commanding early lead Tuesday night en route to a 56-30 victory over Greenville Christian.

Senior Madison Carnes authored a double-double for WCA (12-6) as the Lady Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks remained unbeaten through four region encounters. Carnes tallied 15 points, 10 rebounds and added four steals.

Ashley Hartsfield, a senior, added 10 points for WCA as senior Kayla Tant added nine points.

Following the strong start, the Lady Chargers only added two points onto to the lead entering halftime, but entered the fourth quarter with a 50-21 edge.

“When you’re up 18-2, the second quarter becomes a bit of a challenge,” Wilson Christian head coach Brian Trull said. “Defensively, we weren’t as good as we could have been, and you try to get more people involved.”

Trull did praise his offense as WCA opened play hitting four 3-pointers in its first five possessions.

Bre Andrews and Paige Dawson each had 11 points for the Lady Knights (1-11, 0-4).

WCA visits Rocky Mount Academy on Thursday.



Andrews 11, Dawson  11, Moye 4, Wagner 2, Williams 2.


Carnes 15, Hartsfield 10, Tant 9, Vick 6, Nesbit 6, Barnes 5, Hoskins 3, Parker 2, Hunter, Renfrow, Petty, Bass, Willard, Provo.


Score by quarters:

Greenville Chr. 2 15 4 9 — 30

Wilson Chr. 18 17 15 6 — 56

Lady Knights blitz PJP II 52-19

GREENVILLE — The Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team overcame a slow start Tuesday night to hold host Pope John Paul II without a point in the third quarter and pull away for a 52-19 victory.

Greenfield, now 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, led 21-9 at halftime prior to a 19-0 spree in the third quarter.

Senior Kaelyn Wall came within an eyelash of a triple double, netting 22 points, 16 rebounds, eight steals and a pair of blocks. Three Greenfield players finished in double figures, with Jeallen Holland adding 14 points. Serenity McNair tacked on 11 points and six steals.

“We missed a lot of layups and easy shots in the first half,” Greenfield head coach Bruce Wall said. “But in the second half, we were able to come out and cruise the rest of the way.

With a 40-9 edge entering the fourth, Greenfield was able to rest its starters over the final eight minutes. The Lady Saints dropped to 2-15 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

The Lady Knights host archrival and league leader Wayne Country Day (16-4, 3-0 CPIC) on Friday, but will be without the services of McNair and defensive stalwart Katherine Stanley.



Stanley 3, Holland 14, McNair 11, Wall 22, Parker 2, Deans, Suggs, Stroh, Williams.


Kaoud 1, Galinis 13, Hunt 3, Gaskin 2.


Score by quarters:

Greenfield 8 13 19 12 — 52

Pope John Paul II 5 4 0 10 — 19

Ladybirds can’t overcome slow start

ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash varsity girls basketball team could not overcome a scoreless first quarter and fell 54-40 to Northern Nash in 3-A Big East Conference action on Tuesday night.

The Ladybirds bounced back after trailing 19-1 early in the second quarter and cut the deficit to nine points by halftime. In the fourth quarter, Southern Nash came within four points of tying the game, but Northern Nash extended its lead at the end when given a host of free throw opportunities.

Jermia Walker led Southern Nash with 16 points.

The Ladybirds will host Hunt in another conference game on Friday.



Whitley 2, Smith 1, Walker 16, Foster 2, Lucas 3, Bailey 8, Williams 8.


Not available.


Score by quarters:

Southern Nash 0 17 12 10 — 54

Northern Nash 15 11 14 14 — 40

Lady Cougars foiled by drought at North Lenoir

LAGRANGE — Owners of a nine-point lead at one point in the second quarter, the SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity girls basketball team could not overcome the effects of a triangle-and-2 defense against senior Bailey Davis and junior Jada Battle on Tuesday night in a 66-54 defeat at North Lenoir.

The Lady Cougars (10-3) led 30-21 in the second quarter before conceding a 12-0 run in the midst of a scoring drought.

“We were stuck on 30 for a while,” SouthWest Edgecombe head coach Sandra Langley said. “We had too many turnovers in the third quarter. But I’ve got to give North Lenoir credit, they played very well.”

SouthWest Edgecombe of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference was doubled up in the third quarter to trail 51-39 entering the final quarter, but could only trim the margin to six as North Lenoir’s transition game held the Lady Cougars at bay.

Battle had 18 points for SouthWest, while Davis had 14. With her output, Davis is now eight points shy of 1,000 for her career with 992.

“The difference was, they played defense harder than us,” Langley said.

North Lenoir, affiliated with the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference, won its 10th game against two losses.

SouthWest returns to conference play on Friday when it travels to North Pitt.



Battle 18, Davis 14, Mckinney 6, Smallwood 5, Jenkins 4, Dunn 4, Pridgen 3.


E. Lynch 21, Taylor 18, McPhail 12, A. Lynch 6, Jones 4, Zayyad 3, Sparrow 2.


Score by quarters:

SW Edgecombe 20 10 9 15 — 54

North Lenoir 17 16 18 15 — 66


Forte carries CCS by Oakwood

GREENVILLE — Finishing with 38 points, Jimmy Forte exploded in the scoring column for the Community Christian boys basketball team in a 59-50 win over Greenville Oakwood on Tuesday night.

Forte combined with Andrew Gattis, who scored 18 points, to account for all but three of the Cyclones’ 59 points in the victory.

Aiding the two scorers, Thomas Lane added six rebounds.

Community Christian will travel to Rocky Mount Faith Christian on Thursday.

Tigers blitz Rocky Mount Prep

ROCKY MOUNT — Eric Wynn’s double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds powered the Wilson Prep boys basketball team to a dominant 93-48 victory over Rocky Mount Prep on the road Tuesday night.

“Wow, what a game,” head coach Anthony Atkinson Jr. said of his 9-5 Tigers’ victory. “Tonight was an example of how I want us to play and the true definition of Wilson Prep basketball. We played great defense, played fast, played together and we had fun.”

Following behind Wynn’s efforts, the Tigers had four others scorers to reach double digits -— Nasir Blackston with 15 points, Omarreyon Johnson with 11 points and Devyn Bullock with 10 points.

Blackston added seven rebounds, while Johnston chipped in six rebounds and five steals.

After improving to 3-2 in the 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference, Wilson Prep will travel to Northampton County on Friday.



Blackston 15, Land 3, Johnson 11, Taft 2, Williams 4, Farmer 9, Bryant 6, Wynn 23, Parker 4, Smith 6, Bullock 10.


Blackston 8, Greene 3, Tillery 13, Silver 2, Dawkins 2, Dawkins 2, Bryant 4, Richardson 6, Jones 8.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 21 27 26 19 — 93

RM Prep 13 11 16 8 — 48

Knights blast past Saints

GREENVILLE — Seniors Trey Pittman and Dji Bailey combined for 33 points to lead the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team to an 88-57 victory over Greenville Pope John Paul II in a 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference matchup on Tuesday night.

Pittman led the Knights  (21-4, 4-0 CPIC) with 17 points, including 15 in the first half, while Bailey finished just behind him with 16. The two senior players helped Greenfield jump out to a big lead early, while classmate Jordan Lynch aided them in the victory with 14 points of his own.

“We jumped on them early,” head coach Rob Salter said. “We really shared the ball well and we played well in the first half.”

The Knights will host Wayne Country Day on Friday night at home.



Guilford 8, Lynch 14, Bailey 16, Pittman 17, Evans 9, Holland 6, Paten 6, Sessoms 2, Woodard 4, Watt 2, Kirby 2, Alston 2.


Crumble 7, Dooley 5, Forrest 3, Daniels 6, Yarrell 9, Ross 12, Woolard 8, Thompson 2, Evans 2, Nelson 3.


Score by quarters:

Greenfield 26 25 25 12 — 88

John Paul II 13 10 16 18 — 57

Chargers register first region victory

The host Wilson Christian Academy varsity  boys basketball team limited Greenville Christian to a mere six field goals in the second half in posting its first 2019-20 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region victory by a 72-47 margin Tuesday night.

With three players scoring in double figures, the Chargers improved to 1-4 in the region and 4-12 overall. Greenville Christian plunged to 1-4 in the region and to 6-9 against all foes.

WCA forged a 38-31 halftime margin and outscored the Knights 13-10 in the third quarter. However,  Greenville managed but one field goal the final quarter and was outscored 21-6.

Senior Harrison Parker triggered the Chargers with 22 points. Junior Seth Thompson drilled in 17 points and sophomore Deston Melvin netted 12.

Leading the Knights were David Dove with 17 points, Cole Dial with 14 and Joseph Smith with 12.



Blease, Akajata 2, Dove 17, Smith 12, Dial 14, A. Dial, Hagenbush 2.


Melvin 12, Ortiz 4, Horrell 9, Thompson 17, H. Parker 22, S. Parker 5, Spinella, Jackson 3, Provo.


Score by quarters:

Greenville 14 17 10 6 — 47

WCA 15 23 13 21 — 72

Porter, SWE pound North Lenoir

LA GRANGE — Keishon Porter scored a game-high 28 points to lead the SouthWest Edgecombe boys basketball team to a dominant 86-54 nonconference victory over host North Lenoir on Tuesday night,

Porter scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half, leading the Cougars (10-2) to a hefty 21-point lead at halftime. Aiding him in the win was Slate Hinton, who hit four 3-pointers to finish with 15 points.

SouthWest Edgecombe will travel to North Pitt for a 2-A Eastern Plains Conference game on Friday.



Porter 28, Hinton 15, Ruffin 11, Sledge 11, Richardson 6, Mayo 4, Wilkins 4, Wright 4, Wooten 2, Seabreeze 1.


Hawkins 12, Sears 10, Koonce 9, Jones 6, Brooks 6, Hill 5, Hall 2, Gaffing 2, Brown 2.


Score by quarters:

SWE 15 25 22 24 — 86

Home Team 10 9 20 15 — 54

Firebirds struggle against Northern Nash

ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash boys basketball team struggled from close range, falling 63-51 to Northern Nash in 3-A Big East Conference play on the road Tuesday night.

The Knights, on the other hand, did not, making six 3-pointers in the first half and two more at the start of the second. Southern Nash mounted a run late, but could get no closer than 10 points from the lead.

A.J. Jones netted 12 points to pace Southern Nash while Michael Parker and Jackson Vick added 10 each.

The Firebirds will host Hunt on Friday night.



Allen 2, Jones 12, Bailey 8, Parker 10, Tabron 3, Royal 2, Herndon 4, Vick 10.


Not available.


WCA thwarts New Life 39-15

Sophomore Hailey Carnes had 13 points Tuesday in leading the Wilson Christian girls basketball team to a 39-15 win over New Life Christian.

Wilson Christian, winners of 12 of its 13 games, is at Rocky Mount Academy on Thursday.

Lady Cyclones edged by Oakwood

GREENVILLE — The Community Christian School girls basketball team saw a seven-game winning streak come to a close Tuesday with a 31-27 loss to Oakwood.

Olivia Kelly had 17 points for the Lady Cyclones (9-2), while Loreli Ferguson added five.

CCS visits Faith Christian of Rocky Mount next Tuesday.