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The Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team overcome a tough first half offensively and defensively, holding visiting Walkertown Gospel Light to no points in the third quarter en route to a 39-16 victory in the semifinal round of the Charger Christmas Classic.
Leading 16-7 at halftime, the Lady Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks outpaced Gospel Light 9-0 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead.
Ashley Hartsfield led Wilson Christian (7-3) with 12 points. Madison Carnes added 11 points and six rebounds. Kayla Tant had eight points.
Olivia Vick pulled down five rebounds and had five assists.
“We were not very efficient in the first and second quarter,” Wilson Christian head coach Brian Trull said. “We played great in the third quarter.”
WCA faces off with Faith Christian of Rocky Mount in the championship game Saturday at 1 p.m.
GOSPEL LIGHT (16)
Newsome 5, Hull 4, Miller 3, McCaskill 3, Vandiford 1.
WILSON CHR. (39)
Hartsfield 12, Carnes 11, Tant 8, Vick 4, Parker 2, Barnes 2, Barnes 2, Hoskins, Renfrow, Hunter, Perry, Nesbitt, Provo.
Score by quarters:
Gospel Light 3409—16
Lady Cougars romp past Southeast, 64-22
PINETOPS — The host SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity girls basketball team pitched a shutout in the first quarter and proceeded to a 64-22 nonconference conquest of Southeast Halifax of the 1-A Tar-Roanoke Conference on Friday evening.
The Lady Cougars of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference outscored Southeast 22-0 in the opening quarter and allowed but two points in the third quarter in posting their second win against one loss.
The outcome upped 41st-year SouthWest head coach Sandra Langley’s career win total to 778. SouthWest visits the Trojans for a rematch Tuesday evening.
With SouthWest leading 60-11 after three quarters, the clock began running continuously in the final period. The Lady Cougars never resorted to pressure defense.
Senior Bailey Davis led SouthWest with 22 points, while senior Adraine McKinney sparkled with 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Alonee Smallwood, a 6-foot junior, managed 12 points and eight rebounds.
SOUTHEAST HALIFAX (22)
Bryant 7, Heckstall 6, N. Whitaker 3, Mitchell 2, Bynum 2, Caudle 2.
SOUTHWEST EDGECOMBE (64)
Davis 22, A. McKinney 14, Smallwood 12, Battle 6, Pridgen 4, Jenkins 4, Dunn 2.
Score by quarters:
SE Halifax 0 9 2 11 — 22
SW Edgecombe 22 18 20 4 — 64
CCS presses to 29-25 victory over Southside
RALEIGH — The visiting Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team withstood an unusual opponent’s tactic to record a 29-25 nonconference win against Southside Christian in North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A action Thursday evening.
The Lady Cyclones upped their record to 2-5 and continue NCISAA 1-A nonconference play at city rival Greenfield on Friday.
Southside elected to deliberately foul and put CCS players on the foul line after learning of CCS’ miserable free-throw shooting in a conference loss earlier in the week.
The Lady Cyclones responded by sinking just 9-of-27 attempts.
However, CCS head coach Kenneth Atkinson, with his team trailing 13-4 after the opening quarter, countered with man-to-man, half-court pressure.
The result was frequent Southside (0-4) turnovers that enabled the Lady Cyclones to rally in transition. CCS, despite missing numerous open shots, took the lead for keeps by outscoring
Southside 12-3 in the third quarter.
Alexis Langley, a 6-foot-2 junior, led the CCS scoring with eight points, while junior Olivia Walker canned seven and junior Logan Vaughan six.
Southside’s Autumn Dixon tossed in a game-high 11 points.
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (29)
Walker 7, Langley 8, Vaughan 6, Webb 4, Lenhart 2, Jackson 2, Manning, Linden, Lee.
SOUTHSIDE CHRISTIAN (25)
Collins 6, Dixon 11, Buchanan 1, Lambert 5, Holley 2.
Score by quarters:
Greenfield shells Community Christian
The host Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team pounced from the start and thundered to a 94-47 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A nonconference victory against city rival Community Christian on Friday night.
The Knights of the Coastal Plain Independents Conference poured in 34 first-quarter points en route to their eighth win against two losses. Community Christian of the Coastal Independents Conference dropped to 2-6.
Greenfield came out pushing tempo and shooting well. The Cyclones got scoring from just three players.
“We shot the ball well at the beginning and defended really well,” commented Greenfield head coach Rob Salter. “It was a complete team effort. It was good to see all the guys having fun in getting ready for a big game against Leesville Road.”
The Knights travel to Millbrook High on Saturday to oppose Leesville Road, a 4-A member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Game time is 6:30 p.m. High School OT Showcase.
Senior Dji Bailey led a line of 12 Greenfield scorers with 16 points. Hampton Evans, an eighth-grader, fired in 14 points and snared seven rebounds. Jordan Lynch added 11 points, Creighton Lebo 10 and Pittman nine.
CCS’s Jimmy Forte poured in a game-high 24 points. Junior Andrew Gattis added 14 and senior Mike Piccolo nine.
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (47)
Forte 24, Gattis 14, Piccolo 9, McFarland, Manning.
Lebo 10, Lynch 11, Guilford 7, Bailey 16, Pittman 9, Holland 6, Evans 14, Sessoms 4, Kirby 3, Alston 2, Wall 3, Watt 9, Woodard, Sherrod.
Score by quarters:
60-point first half ignites SouthWest
PINETOPS — The host SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity boys basketball team exploded for 60 first-half points en route to an 89-42 nonconference win against Southeast Halifax on Friday night.
Eleven of the Cougars’ 13 players scored and the starters only played a couple of minutes in the second half. The clock began running continuously midway the third quarter.
Sixth-year SouthWest head coach Shelton Langley explained his team wound up with the huge first-half output as the result of deploying a half-court trapping defense while the Trojans attempted to press full-court. The Cougars thrived in transition and 3-pointers the first half only totaled three.
Seniors Slate Hinton and Darin Seabreeze paced the first-half assault with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Hinton, accurate on four shots from 3-point range, wound up with 19 points, while Seabreeze tossed in a career-high 17. Keishon Porter, a 6-foot-5 senior, added 12 points and senior Dorian Ruffin 10.
Southeast Halifax’s JeZevion Moody, a junior, blistered the nets for a game-high 26 points.
Langley described the proceedings as “crazy” with a fight occurring in the stands the first half and the Southeast Halifax coach being ejected in the second half.
SouthWest (2-1) of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference visits Southeast Halifax, 0-4 and a member of the 1-A Tar-Roanoke Conference on Tuesday.
SOUTHEAST HALIFAX (42)
Moody 26, Evans 6, Nicholson 6, Hedgepeth 4.
SOUTHWEST EDGECOMBE (89)
Hinton 19, Seabreeze 17, Porter 12, Ruffin 10, Sledge 8, Wright 5, Richardson 5, Mayo 4, Wooten 4, Dickens 3, Wilkins 2, Jones, Marrow.
Score by quarters:
Cyclones register second win, 74-56
RALEIGH — The Community Christian varsity boys basketball team snapped a five-game slide with a 74-56 road victory against Southside Christian on Thursday evening.
Both teams play in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A ranks.
Senior Jimmy Forte blistered the nets for 32 points to lead the Cyclones to their second win against five losses.
Forte was complemented by junior Andrew Gattis with 22 points and nine rebounds. Senior Mike Piccolo posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Chargers stopped by Gospel Light, 58-32
The Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team suffered a 58-32 loss to Walkertown Gospel Light in the opening round of the annual Charger Christmas Classic on Friday night.
WCA (2-6) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks faces off with Rocky Mount Faith Christian in the third-place game at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Maddrey sets new Hunt record in 500 freestyle
ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Ethan Maddrey and junior Sanjeev Francis each posted a maximum four first-place finishes to lead the Hunt High boys swim team to its second victory in as many 3-A Big East Conference meets on Thursday in the Harrison Family YMCA pool.
Maddrey turned in a record-shattering performance, eclipsing the school standard in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 57.66 seconds.
The Barton College signee also prevailed in the 200 freestyle and was a member of the victorious 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Sanjeev joined Maddrey of the 200 freestyle relay and also helped the 200 medley relay to a top finish. His individual wins came in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
Also sparkling for the Warriors was senior Ben Tong with first-place efforts in the 200 individual medley and 400 freestyle relay.
Scoring points for the sixth-place Southern Nash boys were Alex Terry, Hunter Issette Dylan Alford, Greyson Curtis, John Land, Bradley Brown, Skyler Gibson and Preston Barnes.
Terry improved his school record in the 100 butterfly.
Collecting points for the seventh-place Southern Nash girls were Marley Winstead in the 200 individual medley nad 100 freestyle, Samantha Clagg, Leah Longmire and Ashton Moore.
Full results were not available.