AREA ROUNDUP: Fike girls tip off Nelson era with win at South Granville

Lady Chargers foiled by Grace 39-34

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CREEDMOOR — The Fike High varsity girls basketball team presented new head coach Jeff Nelson with a victory in his first game as the Lady Demons tipped off their season with a 50-38 victory at South Granville on Tuesday.

Seniors Aniya Thigpen and Jada Lee led Fike with 15 points and 10 points, respectively, as the Lady Demons survived a four-point third quarter and never gave up the lead.

“We didn’t get into a jamboree this year and so, going into the game, I knew we’d have some ups and downs. ... It’s tough to get used to a new coach and I thought we handled it well,” Nelson said.

We played three out of four quarters pretty good today and that’s usually good enough to get a win.”

The Lady Demons are back in action Wednesday at North Pitt.

FIKE (50)

Lee 10, Williams 3, Barbee 6, Kent 8, Pernell 4, Thigpen 15, Blake 4.


Peace 12, Mangum 8, Coleman 4, Jackson 9, Patrick 5.

Score by quarters:


South Granville1117164—38

What a difference a year makes for the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team as it relates to Sanford Grace Christian.

And not in a good way.

After easily handling the Lady Crusaders a season ago, WCA found itself in a 22-12 halftime hole Tuesday night before rallying to within one posesssion in the fourth quarter. However, the Lady Chargers could get no closer and walked away with a 39-34 loss.

“We kind of came out a little shell shocked,” WCA head coach Brian Trull said. “We beat them handily last year, and they came out physical defensively.”

Wilson Christian (1-2) made adjustments in the second half after Grace Christian hit five 3-point field goals in the opening 16 minutes. WCA extended its pressure and picked up two key baskets from Kayla Tant in the last 2:10. Tant’s 3-pointer made it a one-possession game with 2:10 remaining, while her long jumper with 90 seconds to go made it a four-point contest. However, WCA got no closer.

McKenna Griffin finished with 14 points and eight rebounds as Olivia Vick finished with four assists.

Shay Brumbles led the Crusaders (2-0) with 17 points.

The Lady Chargers are at Cape Fear Christian on Friday.


Shay Brumbles 17, Brown 11, Prater 4, Miller 3, Jensen 2, Murchinson 2.


Griffin 14, Tant 7, Hunter 4, Vick 3, Barnes 2, Harris 2, Jones 2, Carnes, Hartsfield.

Score by quarters:

Grace Christian1210611—39

Wilson Christian661111—34

Lady Hornets lose opener to NCSD

Despite a rally of sorts in the fourth quarter, the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf girls basketball couldn’t overcome visiting North Carolina School for the Deaf in the season opener for both teams Thursday.

The Lady Hornets fell 19-15 in a game in which baskets came at a premium although ENCSD’s nine points in the fourth quarter represented the most by either team in a period.

Karla Infante led the Lady Hornets with eight points and seven rebounds.

NCSD (19)

Vue 9, Teennison 2, Mosquedo 2, Carson 2, Thompson 2, Soto 2.

encsd (15)

Hinton, Kasongo 4, Sharpe, Harrell 1, Gewaver, Infante 8.

Score by quarters:




Size flusters WCA in 54-43 loss

Facing the imposing front line of Sanford Grace Christian, the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team experienced a sluggish second quarter Tuesday night, digging a 19-point deficit at halftime en route to a 54-43 loss.

Wilson Christian (1-2) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 ranks shot just 27 percent from the floor and trailed 32-12 at halftime.

“We were aware of that coming in,” WCA assistant coach Jordan Skinner said. “It wasn’t the height, but how to attack it. As a result, our offensive shot selections wasn’t the best.”

Julian Steinfeld, a 6-foot-10 center and Allan Taylor, a 6-8 power forward, led the Grace Christian (2-0) front line. Steinfeld led the Crusaders with 15 points as Nathan Yow chipped in 14.

Also plaguing WCA were 21 turnovers and a 6-for-15 effort from the free-throw line. However, the Chargers battled back and trailed 40-30 going into the fourth quarter.

Zach Hunter led the Chargers with 14 points, with Jimmy Forte notching a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds. Joel Attoe tallied four points and eight boards.

WCA is at Cape Fear Academy on Friday.


Yow 14, Carver 8, Murr 9, Taylor 4, Steinfeld 15, Cross 2, Bussy 2.


Forte 10, Grissom 3, Attoe 4, Peele 4, Hunter 14, McFarland 8, Blalock, Murray.

Score by quarters:

Grace Christian1121814—54

Wilson Christian751813—43

Hornets 2-0 after beating Cornerstone

Jeremiah Deans dropped in 20 points to lead the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf boys basketball team to its second win to start the season as the Hornets decked Cornerstone Christian of Roanoke Rapids 53-21 on Tuesday.

Naheim Carlton added 10 points for the Hornets, who opened up a 30-11 lead at halftime.

“Early in the season, there are lots of sloppiness and room for improvement,” said head coach Leonard Baker.


Creech 3, Patton 2, Langley 9, C. Aston 3, Pate 4, Taylor, D. Aston.

ENCSD (53)

Robinson 8, Carlton 10, Vargus 2, Deans 20, Brayboy 7, Eason 6, Cooke.

Score by quarters:



Deans leads Hornets to opening win

Jeremiah Deans posted a double-double to lead the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf varsity boys basketball to a 56-24 win Thursday over visiting North Carolina School for the Deaf.

Deans had a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds to go with four assists while Alfonza Robinson contributed 13 points, six steals and three assists. Neheim Carlton added 12 points and five steals for the Hornets, who were facing several of their teammates from the North Carolina Schools for the Deaf combined eight-player football team comprised of players from ENCSD and NCSD.

“I guess it is ironic and a bit strange that most of these guys were working together as a team, winning a football game on Saturday and four days later they are opponents on the basketball court,” surmised ENCSD football coach and athletic director Leonard Baker. “Both teams played hard with much respect for each other.”

NCSD (24)

Evans 15, Futral 3, Anderson 2, Hernandez 2, Guron 2, Frizzle.

ENCSD (56)

Robins 13, Carlton 12, Vargas 5, Deans 20, Brayboy 2, Eason 4, Benton, Cooke.

Score by quarters: