AREA ROUNDUP: Bullock tallies 30 in Beddingfield win at Tarboro

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TARBORO — Senior guard Jayla Bullock turned in a career scoring performance in igniting the Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team to its fifth consecutive win by a 58-38 margin against 1-A Tarboro on Wednesday evening.

Bullock blistered the nets for a career-high 30 points. draining 6 of 8 shots from 3-point range and 5 of 7 two-point attempts. Her poorest shooting effort came at the foul line, where she was 2 for 4.

“Jayla had a really big offensive night,” commented Beddingfield head coach Debra Pegram. “She’s shooting the ball really well, and our team is doing a very good job of trying to find her where against man or zone (defenses).”

Bullock guided the Lady Bruins of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference to a 17-11 margin after one quarter. Beddingfield proceeded to outscore the Lady Vikings in every quarter.

MaKayla Everette, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, tossed in 13 points and claimed seven rebounds. Sophomore A’Aniyah Sherrod moppd up inside with 10 rebounds and five steals.

Alyssa Brake was Tarboro’s top scorer with 10 points.

With a 6-1 record, Beddingfield visits Smithfield-Selma for a rematch Friday night.


J. Anderson 4, Bullock 30, T. Anderson 2, Pope 4, Everette 13, Aikerson 1, Blanchard 2, Sherrod.


Clark 7, Barnes 1, Jones 4, Everette 4, Brake 10, Sherrod 8, Bradley 4.

Score by quarters:

Beddingfield 17 12 9 18 — 56

Tarboro 11 10 6 11 — 38

Ellis leads SWE past NW Halifax twice

Senior Shayla Ellis put together a pair of double-doubles as her SouthWest Edgecombe varsity girls basketball team defeated Northwest Halifax twice, winning 60-24 Wednesday in Pinetops and 80-39 on Tuesday in Littleton.

Ellis had 15 points and 15 rebounds in Wednesday’s victory after a career night of 31 points and 24 rebounds on Tuesday.

Sophomore Bailey Davis led the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Cougars with 17 points and six assists as they evened their record at 4-4. The 1-A Tar-Roanoke Conference Lady Vikings fell to 1-4 after both losses.

Freshman Jada Battle added 13 points, seven assists and six steals for the Lady Cougars, who got eight points and 15 rebounds from 6-foot-0 freshman center Alonee Smallwood and 10 rebounds from senior forward Adezjhia Lewis.

In Tuesday’s win, Davis netted 23 points and Battle scored 11 as SouthWest held host Northwest to just one point in the fourth quarter.

Ellis added four steals and four assists while Davis tallied six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Battle also had nine assists and five steals. Smallwood had 12 rebounds to go with six points.

The Lady Cougars are off until Dec. 28 when they face county rival Tarboro in the opening round of the Edgecombe County Holiday Classic at North Edgecombe. Veteran head coach Sandra Langley said she welcomes the lengthy break for her team that has three freshmen seeing meaningful minutes of action.

“I feel like we’ll have enough practices and the tournament should help us get back on track,” said Langley, whose team will be shooting for its fourth straight Holiday Classic title.



Squire 17, Jefferson 5, Alston 2.


Davis 17, Ellis 15, Battle 13, Smallwood 8, Lewis 3, Glass 2, N. McKinney 2, Williams, A. McKinney.

Score by quarters:

NW Halifax 2 7 7 8 — 24

SW Edgecombe 25 22 10 3 — 60



Ellis 31, Davis 23, Battle 11, Smallwood 6, Williams 4, McKinney 3, Lewis 2.


Squire 29, Kentra Harvey 6, Battle 3, Jefferson 1.

Score by quarters:

SW Edgecombe 21 17 27 15 — 80

NW Halifax 12 13 13 1 — 39

WCA can’t close out Lighthouse 41-33

The Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to take a one-point lead with 3:30 to play, but spurty play — a trademark of the Lady Chargers season to date — swung the other direction late Tuesday night in a 41-33 loss to Lighthouse Christian.

WCA (8-4) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 ranks saw a seven-game winning streak come to a close. Junior McKenna Griffin led the Lady Chargers with 13 points. Jenna Hunter, a senior, blocked six shots and had three points, while junior Christy Jones pulled down seven rebounds.

The Lady Chargers began their rally in the third quarter, closing to within a single possession at 27-24 before the start of the fourth quarter.

“We play well in spurts,” Wilson Christian head coach Brian Trull said. “We’ve got to play 32 minutes against teams that are our equal or better than us.”

WCA dives back into NCCSA 2-A East region play Friday as it visits Goldsboro Faith Christian.


Love 16, J. Jennings 6, Wallace 6, Kester 4, Hay 5, Garner 2, C. Jennings 2.


Griffin 13, Vick 7, Barnes 6, Carnes 4, Hunter 3, Harris, Hartsfield, C. Jones, Tant.

Score by quarters:

Lighthouse Christian 12 10 5 14 — 41

Wilson Christian 4 7 13 9 — 33

Offensive struggles plague Ladybirds

BENSON — The Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team led after one quarter and held host West Johnston without a field goal in the third period, but the Ladybirds could not find a consistent offense in a 34-22 loss Monday night.

Southern Nash of the 3-A Big East Conference, now winless through eight games, got nine points from junior Stacie Winner. Ashton Moore and sophomore Rayna Bailey each tossed in five points for the Ladybirds, who have averaged just 29.3 points in their games to date.

West Johnston (4-5), members of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference, led by only two after being held to a single point in the third quarter. However, Southern Nash only mustered five points in the final eight minutes.


Moore 5, Ruffin 2, Bailey 5, Winner 9, Williams 1.


No scorers available.

Score by quarters:

Southern Nash 4 6 7 5 — 22

West Johnston 3 15 1 15 — 34

Lassiter, Vinson trigger CBA win

PIKEVILLE — Senior Cassandra Lassiter knocked down a quartet of 3-point shots in leading the Charles B. Aycock High varsity girls basketball team to a 50-32 conquest of visiting New Bern in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference opener for both teams Tuesday night.

The 3-A Lady Golden Falcons upped their overall record to 2-6. CBA pulled away by outscoring the Lady Bears 17-8 in the second quarter to take a 25-14 advantage at intermission.

While all of Lassiter’s 12 points came on 3-pointers, senior Hannah Vinson led CBA’s scoring with 14 points. Junior Katlyn Parrish added eight points.


Jones 12, Humphrey 2, Gray, Courman 2, Bell 14, Pick, McCray 2.

C.B. AYCOCK (50)

Casey 6, Lassiter 12, Vinson 14, Thomas 5, Patnaude 1, Parrish 8, Smith 4.

Score by quarters:

New Bern 6 8 10 8 — 32

C.B. Aycock 8 17 15 10 — 50


Beddingfield dealt one-point defeat

TARBORO — The scoreboard in the Tarboro High gym reflects that the Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team suffered its second straight one-point loss Wednesday night. Tarboro of the 1-A ranks emerged with a 68-67 nonconference victory. However, second-year Bruins head coach Joe Dvozenja is not convinced. Beddingfield’s score by quarters in the scorebook totaled 68 points and the individual points totaled 68. When Tarboro’s individual points were tabulated on the basis of information available, the total was 65. The Vikings of the 1-A ranks listed four players scoring in double figures; however, jersey numbers but not names were available in the scorebook. Beddingfield’s record dropped to 3-3 and the three losses have been by a total of five points. With Tarboro’s football team winning its first North Carolina High School Athletsic Association state championship (1-AA) since 2011, basketball tryouts were conducted Monday. The basketball team defeated Jones Senior on Tuesday night before confronting the Bruins on Wednesday. “It was not pretty,”Dvozenja assured. “We played terrible basketball the first half. We didn’t think.” Dvozenja noted the Bruins abandoned their inside-out game and “fell in love with a shot that wasn’t going in. We didn’t do anything right and (Tarboro) did everything right. They played well.” Beddingfield trailed as many as 11 points in the second quarter but seized a one-point lead in the final minute when junior Zy’ree Wilder scored off an offensive rebound. The Vikings reclaimed the lead when a player connected on a near-miraculous running shot although behind pinned by 6-foot-4 Beddidngfield senior Octavius Lacey. The Bruins retained possession, got off a shot and retrieved the rebound off the miss. However, for the second straight game, the Bruins went down to defeat by bricking a lay-in opportunity. Lacey’s 17 points keyed the Beddingfield attack. Wilder bucketed 16 and junior Ge’Nahje Pittman canned 12. Beddingfield visits Smithfield-Selma for a rematch Friday evening.


Cooper 8, Lacey 17, Langston 3, Artis 8, Pittman 12, Brantley 2, Best 2, Blackston 2, Wilder 16.


Scoring not available.

Demons’ win streak ended by Rams

CLAYTON — The Fike High boys basketball team’s five-game winning streak became a thing of the past Tuesday as the Golden Demons dropped an 80-77 nonconference decision in overtime at Cleveland. The 3-A Big East Conference Demons’ last defeat also came courtesy of the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference Rams, 63-61 on Nov. 21 at Fike.

The Demons led 53-45 through three quarters and were up by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter, but the Rams (3-7) rallied with 22 points in the period. Senior Josh Marlowe hit four of Cleveland’s seven 3-pointers to score a game-high 33 points.

Junior Da’Shon Horne paced Fike (6-4) with 22 points and nine rebounds while junior Jaylen Ward had 15 points and senior Brandon Atkinson added 11 points.

Fike will go back on the road to face another Greater Neuse River team on Thursday when it visits Triton.

FIKE (77)

Horne 22, Ward 15, Cooper 6, Dickerson 5, Madar 3, Carson 6, Green 9, Atkinson 11.


Marlowe 33, Williams 12, Smith 4, Harrison 4, Matthews 1, Martinez 2, Harrison 7.

Score by quarters:

Fike 14 17 22 14 10 — 77

Cleveland 20 12 13 22 13 — 80

Chargers take down Lighthouse 62-56

Behind a double-double from junior Jimmy Forte and three players in double-figure scoring, the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team withstood a total of 10 3-pointers Tuesday night to hold on for a 62-56 win over Lighthouse Christian.

Wilson Christian (5-6) got off to a strong start in the opening quarter, leading 15-8 before taking an eight-point lead into the half.

Forte had 21 points and 14 rebounds, while senior Jay Grissom had his own double-double of 17 points and 10 boards. Senior David Peel had 15 points.

“I thought we played well,” Wilson Christian head coach Andy Coffman said. “They shot really well, but overall we played good defensively.

Junior Zach Hunter handed out seven assists.

WCA visits Goldsboro Faith Christian on Friday.


Jones 9, Wallett 19, Hendricks 17, Yawn 3, Keller 2, Aucoin 6.


Parker 3, Hunter 1, Grissom 17, Attoe 2, Forte 21, Peele 15, McFarland 3.

Score by quarters:

Lighthouse Chr. 8 15 12 21 — 56

Wilson Chr. 15 16 11 20 — 62

McCadden’s triple-double paces Knights

Senior Elijah McCadden, a Georgia Southern University signee, had a triple-double of 27 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds Tuesday night as the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team cruised to an 91-39 victory over Wilson Prepratory Academy.

The 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference Knights (8-5), coming off a weekend loss to Statesville Christian, led 19-9 after one quarter and extended the edge to 41-23 at the half. A 31-9 Greenfield blitzkrieg marked the third quarter.

Senior Coby White, bound for the University of North Carolina, had his own double-double of 24 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Sophomore Jacari Outlaw had 16 points as the third Knight in double figures.

“It was good to get back on the court,” Greenfield head coach Rob Salter said. “We were pretty good defensively. We just overmatched them, but we didn’t get into any bad habits.”

The Knights will be off until Wednesday, Dec. 20, when they face DASH United in the first round of the Greenfield Christmas Tournament.


Bates 14, Taylor 4, Whitaker 5, Gray 5, Ellis 3, Hines 6, Sanders 2.


White 24, McCadden 27, Outlaw 16, Bailey 1, Baker 11, Pittman 8, Foster 4, Andreasen.

Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 9 14 9 7 — 39

Greenfield 19 22 31 19 — 91

Firebirds win 71-60 at West Johnston

BENSON — Four players reached double figures in scoring for the Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team Monday in a 71-60 nonconference win at West Johnston.

The 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds (5-2) separated from a 13-13 tie after one quarter to take a double-digit lead into halftime.

Senior Jalen Lucas had 15 points to lead Southern Nash as classmate Tyler Wilson added 13. Senior Cory Foster posted 12 points, while junior Zonovan Knight had 11 points and eight rebounds to go along with three steals.

The Firebirds were efficient from the floor, converting 27 of 51 shots for 52.9-percent accuracy.

West Johnston, members of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference, fell to 2-7.

Southern Nash faces off with Rocky Mount on Thursday night in the first round of the Nash County Christmas Tournament at Northern Nash.


Wilson 13, Allen 1, Wilkins 6, Foster 12, Knight 11, Lucas 15, Brown 4, Thompson 5, Edmundson 4.


No scorers available.

Score by quarters:

Southern Nash 13 25 17 16 — 71

West Johnston 13 15 10 22 — 60

Batts-led Falcons whip New Bern

PIKEVILLE — Behind 23 points from senior Eli Batts, the host Charles B. Aycock High varsity boys basketball team tipped off its 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference season with a 63-52 triumph against 4-A New Bern on Tuesday night.

The 3-A Golden Falcons evened their overall record at 4-4. The Bears were also launching conference play.

Up 26-22 at halftime, the Falcons created a working margin by outscoring New Bern 19-10 in the third quarter.

Batts connected on four shots from 3-point land and senior Rakilen Butler drained a pair. Butler and senior Marquez Farmer each netted nine points.

New Bern’s top scorers were Brad Barlow with 14 points and Alston Norwood with 10.


Barlow 14, Bell 4, Foretescue 9, Harris 5, Heckstall 2, Jenkins 2, Jones 2, Norwood 10, Ortiz 2.

C,B, AYCOCK (63)

Moore 6, Robinson 6, Gooding 4, Butler 9, Batts 23, Hampton 6, Farmer 9.

Score by quarters:

New Bern 12 10 10 20 — 52

C.B. Aycock 13 13 19 18 — 63


Golden Falcons split pair of matches

STANHOPE — The Charles B. Aycock High wrestling team conquered Nash Central, 69-9, but lost 49-30 to host Southern Nash in a tri-match Wednesday night. The senior duo of Austin Doyle and Zach Creel again posted a 2-0 worksheet and was joined in accomplishing that distinction by sophomores Noah Overton and Canon Barrett and freshman Kevin Dickenson. “We wrestled very competitively tonight in both matches,” assessed CBA head coach Brain Doyle. “The coaching staff was very pleased by the effort of the kids. A couple matches go our way and we go 2-0 — but it didn’t happen. “They say, if you’re not winning, you’re learning. Well, that was very true tonight with the loss to Southern Nash. We (coaches) learned a lot about our kids — and it was positive.” With an 8-9 record, the Golden Falcons host a 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference tri-match with New Bern and South Central next Tuesday at 6 p.m.


Greenfield defeats Wilson Prep 61-53

Justin Holland led the way with 24 points Tuesday night as the Greenfield School boys basketball team recorded a 61-53 win over Wilson Prep.

Vinson Jones added 16 points for the Knights (4-6), who face DASH Homeschool on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Last-second look goes awry for WCA

The Wilson Christian boys basketball team had a chance to win Tuesday’s game with Lighthouse Homeschool in the closing seconds, but could not find a look of quality in the final seconds in a 46-44 loss.

Freshman Seth Thompson had 15 points for the Chargers (1-6). Classmate Calvin Peacock chipped in 11.

The Chargers visit Goldsboro Faith Christian on Friday.

CBA triumphant in league debut

PIKEVILLE — The host Charles B. Ayocck High boys basketball team tipped off 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference play with a 36-31 triumph against New Bern on Tuesday evening.

The Golden Falcons, 4-4 overall, boosted a 14-11 lead after one quarter to 23-15 at intermission. The Bears cut the deficit to 31-29 after three quarers but were limited to a mere two points in the final quarter.

Michael Williams, 4 of 4 from the foul line, paced CBA with 12 points.

Lady Demons get past Cleveland

CLAYTON — The visiting Fike High girls basketball team boosted its record to 5-3 with a 25-15 win against Cleveland High on Tuesday evening.

Keyshawna Ortiz paced the Lady Golden Demons’ scoring with eight points. Laniyah Everette, Lindsey Curlings and Caitlyn Graziani each added five points.

Fike completes the preholiday portion of its scheduled with a road assignment against Triton on Thursday.

Unbeaten CBA wins conference opener

PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High girls basketball team stretched its undefeated start into its 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference debut with a 27-26 squeaker against visiting New Bern on Tuesday evening.

The Lady Golden Falcons stand 5-0 overall after rallying from a 24-18 deficit going into the final quarter.

Jada Spruill topped the CBA scoring with 12 points, while Ebony Green netted eight.