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GOLDSBORO — With seven of its eight players in uniform, the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team successfully defended its 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference tournament championship with a 73-59 conquest of No. 2-seeded and host Wayne Country Day on Friday night.
The Knights, missing No. 2 scorer and rebounder Elijah McCadden with an ankle injury, turned back Wayne Country Day for the third time this season in adding the tournament championship to their regular-season crown and hiking their record to 23-9 going into the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A championship tournament.
Ranked No. 2 among the NCISAA’s 1-A teams, the Knights learn of their state seeding Sunday.
Greenfield and the Chargers entered the final quarter deadlocked.
The Knights seized the lead for keeps on 6-foot-5 senior Coby White’s 3-pointer and Bryson Baker added a clutch field goal.
Wayne Country Day was then forced to foul and Greenfield sealed the championship by knocking down 16 of 19 foul tosses in the last quarter.
“We didn’t shoot well,” head coach Rob Salter reviewed. “But I was happy at the defensive end; we did a good job of making them work. We fought through adversity and it definitely made us better. I am really, really proud of our guys.
“Just a gutsy, gutsy performance!”
White, the tournament’s most valuable player, blistered the nets for 39 points to up his senior-season total to 981. He claimed 13 rebounds. Baker managed 12 points, while Jacari Outlaw and Trey Pittman netted eight each.
White was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Baker, Pittman and Outlaw.
Cole Atwood pumped in 16 points for the runner-up Chargers.
WAYNE COUNTRY DAY (59)
Grandy 13, Whitfield 8, Metcalf 5, Cooper 13, Outlaw 4, Atwood 16.
White 39, Baker 12, Outlaw 8, Pittman 8, Bailey 4, Foster 2, Andreason.
Score by quarters:
Wayne Country Day1791815—59
Chargers lose at Wilmington
WILMINGTON — The Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team abandoned attacking the inside in the second half of Friday’s North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region game with Wilmington Christian, and the result proved to be a bad one for the Chargers in a 59-40 loss.
The Chargers, who dropped to 15-12 overall and 6-4 against region competition, conclude their regular season Tuesday night on the road at Alamance Christian. WCA trailed 25-21 at the half before an array of inaccurate jumpers left it staring at a 45-31 deficit entering the fourth.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Wilson Christian assistant coach Jordan Skinner said. “In the second half, we started going away from our advantage inside and just settled for jumpers. It was not the best decision making, unfortunately.”
Junior Jimmy Forte had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Chargers. Senior David Peele added eight points.
Wilmington Christian (13-12, 8-2 region) was led by Conley Burk’s 25 points.
The Chargers do know the identity of their first-round playoff opponent, which will be Greenville Christian on Friday at 7:30 at WCA.
WILSON CHR. (40)
Parker 3, Hunter 4, Grisson 5, Peele 8, Forte 16, Attoe 2, Blalock 2, McFarland, Murray, Little, Paul.
WILMINGTON CHR. (59)
Bordeaux 2, Puskas 5, Attoe 12, Burk 25, Driggs 2, Holloway 13.
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GC’s Dodd passes 1,000-point mark
SNOW HILL — Greene Central junior Imajae Dodd surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in his career as the Rams wrapped up the regular season with 66-60 victory at home against Ayden-Grifton on Friday.
Dodd, a 6-foot-7 center, had 999 points entering the game. He scored 21 points as the Rams finished 19-5 overall and 11-1 in 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference play, tying them with Kinston (18-4, 11-1 ECC) for the league’s regular-season title.
Greene Central was coming off a thrilling 60-58 win over Kinston on Wednesday, getting revenge for its only conference loss back on Dec. 15. The Rams are ranked No. 1 among state 2-A teams by MaxPreps.com while the Vikings are No. 2.
Firebirds pull away from Red Rams
STANHOPE — After both teams combined for 29 points in the first half, Southern Nash rode the hot hand of Jalen Lucas in the third quarter to pull away from visiting Franklinton for a 52-29 3-A Big East Conference varsity boys basketball win Friday.
Lucas drained four 3-pointers in the third quarter on his way to a team-high 15 points as the Firebirds moved to 12-9 overall and 5-3 in the Big East.
The Red Rams remained winless in eight league contests and dropped to 2-18 overall.
Southern Nash will host Rocky Mount on Tuesday and visit Franklinton in Friday’s regular-season finale.
ENCSD falls despite 39 from Deans
Jeremiah Deans of Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf and Haliwa-Saponi’s Christian Richardson matched each other shot for shot Thursday night, but in the end, a strong second-quarter outburst from the visitors ultimately doomed the Hornets to a 75-63 loss inside Barney Williamson Gym.
Deans continued his prolific scoring output by tallying 39 points and had five rebounds for ENCSD, while Christian Richardson’s 39-point output paced Haliwa-Saponi, a tribal school out of the Hollister area.
ENCSD trailed 45-28 at the half and could never reel in the margin during the second half. Alfonza Robinson sparked the Hornets on defense, finishing with 11 points and eight steals to go along with two rebounds and a pair of assists. Mikey Mills added 12 for Haliwa-Saponi.
The Hornets visit North East Carolina Prep on Monday.
Mills 12, Richardson 5, Hewlin, Z. Richardson 12, C. Richardson 39, J. Richardson 6, T. Richardson 6, Black 5.
Robinson 11, Vargus 4, Eason 4, Deans 39, Brayboy, McLaughlin 5, Cooke, McMillan.
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Lady Bruins finish on Senior Night
It hasn’t happened often in the confines of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, but the Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team finished a game for veteran head coach Debra Pegram on Friday night.
On Senior Night for the trio of Jakeria Anderson, Jayla Bullock and Deija Aikerson, the Lady Bruins received 16 points from Bullock — all in the second half — as Beddingfield concluded its regular season with a 46-40 victory.
Beddingfield moved to 9-11 overall and concluded the EPC slate at 2-8, which is sixth in the league. SouthWest (12-7) finished tied for third with North Johnston at 5-5 with the loss. With the North Johnston-SouthWest split, the Panthers earned the No. 3 seed by virtue of a victory over first place North Pitt.
Thus, the Lady Bruins and their No. 6 seed are set to open the conference tournament in Kenly against the No. 3 seed Lady Panthers on Monday at 7:30.
Sophomore Makayla Everette finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, blocking three shots. Pegram praised the ability of Bullock, the recipient of many box-and-1 looks this season, to find Everette against the defense. Beddingfield led 21-19 at the half and 35-31 entering the fourth quarter.
The Cougars were led by 15 points from senior Shayla Ellis. Freshman Jada Battle had 12. Hampering SouthWest was Battle, the point guard, fouling out with approximately six minutes remaining.
SW EDGECOMBE (40)
Davis 5, Ellis 15, Battle 12, Smallwood 6, McKinney 2.
J. Anderson 4, Bullock 16, Everette 18, Sherrod 2, Aikerson 6, Pope, T. Anderson.
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Lady Chargers clinch top region seed
WILMINGTON — Behind a double-double from junior forward McKenna Griffin, Wilson Christian handed host Wilmington Christian a 54-34 defeat Friday, clinching the North Carolina Christian School Association varsity girls basketball’s top seed in the 2-A East Region for the upcoming state playoffs.
Griffin had a game-high 18 points to go with 10 rebounds as the Lady Chargers improved to 15-11 overall and 5-1 in District 3 play. Madison Carnes had 13 points and senior Jenna Hunter contributed eight points and four steals.
Assistant coach Mitch Hayes pointed out the Lady Chargers drained nine 3-pointers in their last game but their only trey Friday was Kayla Tant’s late in the fourth quarter when the game was well in hand.
“It’s good we can mix it up and do what’s working for us game-to-game,” he said.
Wilson Christian finishes its regular season Tuesday with a nonconference game at Alamance Christian and will then host a playoff game next Friday, Feb. 16.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (54)
Carnes 13, Tant 6, Harris 2, Hunter 8, Vick 1, Reams 2, Jones 4, Griffin 18.
WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN (34)
Leggett 10, Ricard 9, Davenport 8, Ke 3, Iovanna 2, Coble 2.
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Ladybirds stun Franklinton to break Big East skid
STANHOPE — How’s this for a shakeup in the 3-A Big East Conference race?
The Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team, which had lost 39 straight Big East regular-season conference games entering Friday night’s home game with Franklinton, used a strong third quarter to erase a seven-point halftime deficit and produce a 32-29 victory.
It was also the first win of 2017-18 for the Ladybirds, who prevailed for the first time in 19 games and eight league contests in 2017-18. Franklinton, now removed from any chance to share the Big East championship, fell to 13-7 in all games and 4-4 within the league.
Southern Nash trailed 18-11 at halftime before a 13-point outburst in the third quarter put the Ladybirds in front entering the final period.
Further details were not available.
Score by quarters:
Franklinton 11 7 4 7 — 29
Southern Nash 7 4 13 8 — 32
Bland highlights Bruins at NCHSAA 1-A/2-A indoor track championships
WINSTON-SALEM — Beddingfield High senior Aaron Bland turned in a pair of fourth-place finishes to highlight performers from The Wilson Times readership area in Friday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A/2-A indoor track championships, held at JDL Fast Track.
The Bruins tied for 10th in the 54-team field with West Craven, Ashe County and High Point T.W. Andrews.
Bland qualified for the finals in both the 55-meter run and the 55-meter hurdles. He finished fourth in both events, navigating the 55 dash in 6.55 seconds during the finals and 7.95 in the 55 hurdles. Junior Zach Adams and freshman Travon Newsome competed in the 55-meter dash prelims, but did not advance. Sophomore Davallice Rasberry took part in the 55 hurdles but didn’t advance to the finals.
Sophomore Johnathon Harris leapt his way to an eighth-place result in the long jump after going 20-1 in the finals. Freshman Kamare Watson was sixth in the 1,600-meter run in 4:39.91 and 14th in the 3,200 in 10:33.54.
Senior Marcus Parker was eighth in the triple jump at 40 feet, 7 inches.
In the high jump, Beddingfield senior Clyron Bynum no heighted while in the 4x200 relay, the tandem of Harris, Newsome, Adams and Bland was disqualified.
SouthWest Edgecombe picked up a point to tie for 51st alongside South Rowan and Community School of Davidson.
Senior Jahkele Goins was eighth in the 300-meter dash with a time of 36.76. In the 55 dash, junior Jelan Smith and senior Taighee Edwards failed to advance.
Junior Jaquez Powell was 10th in the shot put for the Cougars, traversing 42-2. Meanwhile, the 4x200 SouthWest relay team of Smith, junior Jaquan Edwards, sophomore Tayshon Pittman and Goins were 17th in a time of 1:42.17.
Croatan was denied a sweep of the team titles by T.W. Andrews, which outpointed the Cougars 47-45 for the girls title. Croatan posted 63 points in the boys event to win the team title, outpacing the 42 points of Kinston.
Lady Knights fall in CPIC championship
GOLDSBORO — Serenity McNair and Jeallen Holland garnered all-tournament honors in leading the Greenfield School girls basketball team in a 34-19 loss to host Wayne Country Day in the 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference championship game Friday afternoon.
McNair led the Lady Knights (8-8) with nine points against the Chargers. Holland and Faith Vick each had four.
Greenfield, in completing its season, also finished as CPIC runner-ups in the regular season.
Fike tops Hunt 16-10
Lindsey Curlings bucketed six points Friday night to lead the Fike High girls basketball team to a 16-10 victory over 3-A Big East Conference archrival Hunt.
The Lady Golden Demons (11-6, 5-3 Big East) are home to Northern Nash on Tuesday. Hunt, which visits Franklinton on Tuesday, remained winless in eight league tests. The Lady Warriors were led by the four points of Destiny Norris.
Chargers foiled by Wilmington 55-34
WILMINGTON — The Wilson Christian boys basketball team was handed a 55-34 setback by host Wilmington Christian on Friday night.
Sophomore Thomas Evans led WCA with 11 points with Seth Thompson, a freshman, adding nine.
WCA (8-15) finishes its season at Alamance Christian on Tuesday.
Cyclones season ends in CIC semifinals
ROCKY MOUNT — The Community Christian School boys basketball team was defeated in the semifinal round of the 1-A Coastal Independents Conference tournament Friday night with a 61-44 loss to Rocky Mount Academy on the campus of Rocky Mount Faith Christian.
Jeremiah Williams had 14 points for the Cyclones, with Josh Williams tacking on 12.
CCS ends the season with a 12-4 record.
C.B. Aycock wins season finale
PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High girls basketball team shut out Southern Wayne in the second and fourth quarters en route to a 27-16 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference win Wedneday that ended the regular season for both teams.
The host Lady Golden Falcons outscored Southern Wayne 15-0 in those two quarters in improving to 5-7 in the league and 9-7 overall.
Sparking CBA were Jada Spruill with 11 points, Shi Speight with eight and Cire Herring with six.