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AREA ROUNDUP: Cyclones rip Lee Christian 62-45 in season-opening win

Lady Demons go 3-0 in opening week

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SANFORD — The Community Christian varsity boys basketball team tipped off its season with an impressive 62-45 conquest of host Lee Christian on Friday night as junior guard D.J. Atkinson made his Cyclones debut with 28 points and eight rebounds.

Atkinson, who transferred from Hunt High, was complemented by senior guard Dominique Evans with 20 points.

The Cyclones jumped out to a 20-12 lead after one quarter and expanded that to a 37-24 advantage by halftime.

Senior Cameron Williams led CCS on the boards with 11 rebounds to go with three points while Taige Bridgers added four points and four rebounds.

“I’m actually very happy with our performance,” Cyclones second-year head coach Micah Baines said. “It’s been a tough few weeks for the team, but how we handled everything tonight in our opener was phenomenal. We have a lot of things to work on, but I’m very pleased.”

The Cyclones will visit Halifax Academy on Monday.

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (62)

Bridgers 4, Evans 20, Atkinson 28, C. Williams 3, Winstead 4, J. Williams 2, Lane 1.

LEE CHRISTIAN (45)

Johnson 6, Hodges 13, Jones 7, Reynolds 16, Douglas 1, Molton 2.

Score by quarters:

CCS 20 17 12 13 — 62

Lee Christian 12 12 12 9 — 45

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lady Demons go 3-0 in opening week

Playing for the third time in four evenings, the Fike High varsity girls basketball team completed a perfect opening week to the 2017-18 season with a 44-36 triumph Friday night of a visiting East Wake team that was tipping off its season.

The Lady Golden Demons, said first-year head coach Jeff Nelson, won for the third time against an opponent opening its season. Fike welcomes Cleveland High on Tuesday night.

Fike sputtered to a 7-4 lead after one quarter and spent the rest of the contest answering East Wake’s runs. East Wake, down 18-12 at halftime, surged briefly into the lead in the final quarter. However, the Lady Demons rallied behind senior Jada Lee’s six fourth-quarter points.

“We were able to match their runs and that was key,” Nelson said. “I think the girls were sore and tired after Thursday’s practice.”

Lee paced Fike’s attack with a game-high 15 points. Senior Aniya Thigpen dropped in 11 points and freshman Cashiya Graham netted eight.

Senior Dahja Williams, who began her high school career at Hunt, topped East Wake’s scoring with 10 points.

EAST WAKE (36)

Little 2, Ayders 8, Smith 4, Buchanan 6, Carmon 6, Williams 10.

FIKE (44)

Graham 8, Lee 15, Kent 3, Pernell 7, Thigpen 11, Barbee, Sage, Blake, Ebron.

Score by quarters:

East Wake 4 8 16 8 — 36

Fike 7 11 14 12 — 44

Lady Chargers fall 60-34 at CFC

ERWIN — Scoring problems continued to plague the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team in a 60-34 loss Friday at Cape Fear Christian.

McKenna Griffin had 13 points to lead the Lady Chargers, who dropped to 1-3 on the season.

Wilson Christian will host New Life of Rocky Mount on Monday.

WILSON CHRISTIAN (13)

Hartsfield 3, Carnes 2, Tant 9, Harris 1, Vick 6, Griffin 13.

CAPE FEAR CHRISTIAN (60)

Saunders 2, Kornan 25, Borstad 10, Zertkule 12, Simpson 9, Filbert 2.

Score by quarters:

Wilson Christian 11 8 4 11 — 34

Cape Fear Chr. 18 18 10 14 — 60

Ladybirds drop opener to Bunn

BUNN — Improvement is expected from the Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team in 2017-18.

And indications were the expectations are well-founded in Thursday night’s season opener on the road that saw the Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference drop a 50-40 decision to 2-A Bunn.

Southern Nash fell behind 19-10 after the opening quarter and experienced limited success in attempting to cut into the deficit the rest of the way. The Ladybirds were outscored 31-30 in the last three quarters.

Junior Stacie Winner topped Southern Nash’s scoring with 14 points. Sophomore Rayna Bailey and senior Lydia Ruffin each netted seven.

Other Southern Nash scorers: Shontell Richardson 6, Jalisa Williams 2 and Aaliyah Newkirk 2.

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