AREA ROUNDUP: Chargers conclude 2018 with 84-45 victory over New Life

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Senior Brice Murray and junior Harrison Parker combined for 35 points as the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team rebounded from a tough loss at home Tuesday by rolling to an 84-45 victory Friday against visiting New Life Christian of Rocky Mount.

The Chargers, who are off until Jan. 4, rose to 5-8 overall and 3-1 in North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region play. The visiting Warriors, who lost their fourth straight, dropped to 1-6 and 0-5 in region action.

Murray, who had a game-high 20 points, and Parker, who finished with 15, combined for 15 of Wilson Christian’s 33 points in the second quarter as the Chargers seized control of the game, holding the Warriors to just four points in assuming a 50-15 halftime lead.

“We came out strong with our defense and finally had the strong first half we were looking for,” said WCA first-year head coach Kevin Zander. “We needed this conference win and we’re excited for our team as we continue to work together. New Life was down a few players and played tough the entire game. Everybody contributed tonight.”

Seniors Andrew Blalock and Zach Hunter added eight points for the Chargers while Mack Leonard’s 19 points paced New Life.



Brown 3, Baggett 8, Pittman 3, M. Leonard 19, Gonzalez 4, B. Leonard 8.


Murray 20, Dehart 2, Parker 15, Blalock 8, Hunter 8, Frieden 4, Melvin 7, Thompson 7, Paul 2, Peacock 5, Little 4, Denmark 2.


Score by quarters:

New Life Christian 11 4 18 12 45

Wilson Christian 17 33 21 13 84

CCS grinds out win over Hobgood

Playing a 3-point oriented team dedicated to limiting possessions, the Community Christian School made the best of a tempo not to its preference Friday night in a 65-59 win over Hobgood Academy at Williamson Gym on the campus of Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.

CCS (7-4), a 1-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference, trailed after one quarter, but led 32-27 at halftime and 45-40 entering the fourth quarter.

The visitors cut the margin to as little as four with 30 seconds to go before CCS salted it away from the foul line.

Junior Jimmy Forte had 25 points and handed out eight assists as freshman Eric Wynn had 21 points and nine rebounds.

Juniors Michael Piccolo and Christian McFarland each had eight points.

The Cyclones remained without freshman Jeremiah Williams, who missed his fourth straight game due to illness.

CCS opens up play in the Greenfield Christmas Tournament on Thursday, facing the host Knights in the opening round.



Hanff 7, Speller 5, Betts 16, Lanier 18, Matthewson 11, Elleins 1

CCS (65)

Williams 3, Lane, Moran, Forte 25, McFarland 8, Piccolo 8, Wynn 21, Eger.


Score by quarters:

Hobgood 18 9 13 19 59

CCS 17 15 13 20 65

Wilson Prep clips Southern Wake

The Wilson Prep varsity boys basketball team bolted to a 17-2 start en route to a 79-57 victory against visiting Southern Wake Academy on Friday evening.

The Tigers owned a 37-17 halftime lead that they stretched to 62-28 after three quarters. WPA reserves saw plenty of action the final quarter.

Senior Denardrick Gray triggered the Tigers’ offense with 20 points, while senior Sean Sanders bucketed 14 and senior Tyronne Whitaker 11.

Sanders also climbed the backboards for 12 rebounds, while sophomore Nasir Blackston contributed eight points and eight rebounds.

Whitaker led with five assists, while Whitaker, Gray and senior Cody Taylor each came up with four steals.



Scoring not available


Whitaker 11, Gray 20, Taulor 4, Adams 2, McTaggart 5, Miller 9, Blackston 8, Moore 6, Sanders 14.


Score by quarters:

Southern Wake 2 15 13 27 57

Wilson Prep 17 20 25 17 79

Panthers shellack Hobbton, 67-22

KENLY —  The North Johnston High varsity boys basketball team continued to rebound, posting its second decisive win of the week by a 67-22 count against 1-A visitor Hobbton on Friday night.

The Panthers of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference were coming off a 64-32 triumph against winless (0-6) Lakewood on Tuesday.

North Johnston, with a 2-2 record, visits neiighboring Rosewood for a rescheduled game Saturday. The Panthers opened the year with back-to-back losses to 1-A county rival Princeton.

North Johnston head coach Chris Batten credited the wins to the team’s defense stepping up. 

“Defensively, we’re just a better basketball team than we’ve been in the past few years,” Batten said. “That’s the difference tonight to me. We just played hard-nosed, aggressive defense. 

The defense turned into offense as four Panthers scored in double digits against the Wildcats.

Emmanuel Howell paced the Panthes with 14 points. Luke York tossed in 11 points, while Daylan Hinnant and Savon Foye netted 10 each. Jusatin Vann had nine points. Body copy goes here.



Holliday 4, Britt 8, Martinez 3, Weeks 2, Robinson 2, Pearsall 2, Corbett 1.


Howell 14, York 11, Hinnant 10, Foye 10, Vann 9, Lucas 4, Rodrigues 4, Wallace 2, Moore 2, Watson.


Score by quarters:

Hobbton 4 4 6 8 22

North Johnston 23 25 9 10 67



Gossett’s career-high powers WCA

WILMINGTON — Sophomore Lea Gossett scored a career-high 21 points as the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball closed out the 2018 portion of its schedule with a 48-36 victory Friday at Coastal Christian.

The Lady Chargers, who are off until Jan. 4, improved to 10-3. Gossett, who also had five assists, was complemented by senior McKenna Griffin with 12 points and seven rebounds while Ashley Hartsfield added six points and five assists.



Barnes 2, Tant 3, Hartsfield 6, Vick 4, Gossett 21, Griffin 12, Carnes, Reams, Parker, Jones.


Lecci 4, Quigley 3, Insley 2, Edwards 9, Barton 12, Hootis 6.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Christian 13 9 10 16 48

Coastal Christian 11 7 11 7 36

Lady Tigers roll over SWA 59-23

The Wilson Prep varsity girls basketball team won its second game in as many tries against conference opposition Friday night, using 26 points from Trinity Mobley — part of a triple-double — in a 59-23 win over visiting Southern Wake Academy.

Mobley added 10 rebounds and recorded 17 of WPA’s 32 steals. 

Eighth grader Destiny Ainstead added 19 points for the Lady Tigers, who improved to 10-1. From the field, Wilson Prep was 27 of 40 for a 68-percent showing and did not require a 3-pointer in the victory.

Senior Jadore Lucas-Barnes had 11 rebounds to lead WPA.

The Lady Tigers are at Rocky Mount Prep on Saturday.



No scorers available.


Mobley 26, Watkins 8, Robinson 2, Lucas-Barnes 4, Ainstead 19

Lady Panthers shut down Hobbton 54-9

KENLY — The North Johnston’s girls basketball team enjoyed its most dominant performance of the season with a 54-9 win against Hobbton, 54-9, Friday night. 

The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Panthers, now 3-2, scored a season-high in points and allowed a season-low. Senior guard Jordyn Scott led the way with 21 points and 10 steals. 

“I love defense,” Scott said. “That’s what my favorite thing is on the court — defense. Defense wins you games.”

Defense has been the theme for North Johnston early this season after losing Tayanna Jones and Levossie Taylor to graduation and transfer, respectively. The Lady Panthers have had to rely on defense turning into offense to score, and Friday they racked up 20 steals.

North Johnston relies a lot on young players with half of its roster being freshmen or sophomores, and sophomore Arial Pearce was the second fiddle to Scott with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist. Senior Lindsey Massengill also put in eight points.

The 1-A Carolina Conference Lady Wildcats remained winless through five games.

The Lady Panthers play their final pre-Christmas game Thursday at home against South Johnston.



Bustamante 5, Parker 2, Wilkes 2.


Scott 21, Pearce 12, Massengill 8, Massey 6, Blue 4, Barnes 2, Gachuz 1, Gibson, Hines, Narron, Jones.


Score by quarters:

Hobbton 4 1 2 2 9

North Johnston 15 12 20 7 54

Lady Cyclones halted by Ridgecroft

AHOSKIE — The Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team failed to muster a field goal in the second and third quarters Thursday night in a 37-16 nonconference loss at Ridgcroft.

CCS (3-6), a 1-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference, trailed by just a point after one quarter, but could only get two free throws over the next two quarters. That put the Lady Cyclones in a 31-9 hole entering the final period.

Sophomore Olivia Walker led CCS with 10 points.

CCS will face Hiltop Christian on Thursday in the opening game of tournament at Sanford Grace Christian.



Walker 10, Gardner 3, Strange 2, Langley 1, Lee.


No scorers available.


Score by quarters:

CCS 7 1 1 7 16

Ridgecroft 8 7 16 6 37


Slow start gives way to WPA rout of DASH

CLAYTON — Clinging to a one-point lead after one quarter, the Wilson Prep varsity girls basketball team turned up the defensive pressure, going on a 61-12 rampage over the final three quarters in an easy 68-18 victory over DASH United on Thursday night.

Wilson Prep, winners in 10 of 11 games, had 17 steals and, as a result of its pressure, shot 29 of 48 from the field for 60-percent accuracy. 

Four players finished in double figures for the Lady Tigers, with junior Trinity Mobley netting 22 points, nine rebounds, eight steals and five assists.

Eighth grader Destiny Ainstead had 17 points, while senior Tyana Watkins tallied 15 points and was 3 for 5 from beyond the 3-point line. Senior Jadore Lucas-Barnes had a double-double with 10 points and grabbed 15 of WPA’s 33 rebounds. Wilson Prep only committed six turnovers.

Wilson Prep will play at Rocky Mount Prep on Saturday.



Mobley 22, Watkins 15, Robinson, Waddell, Lusius-Reynolds 2, Lucas-Barnes 10, Warren 2, Ainstead 17.

DASH (18)

No scorers available.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 7 25 20 16 68

DASH 6 5 5 2 18