Lady Bruins beat SSS, East Wake with Hunt up next

Lady Warriors lose at home to Kinston

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Beddingfield racked up a pair of varsity girls basketball victories at home this week as the Lady Bruins got past Smithfield-Selma 53-46 on Tuesday and flattened 1-A charter school East Wake Academy 55-15 on Wednesday.

The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Bruins, now 4-1, will host Hunt on Friday. The Lady Warriors handed Beddingfield its only loss.

In Wednesday’s victory over East Wake Academy, the Lady Bruins jumped out to a 19-4 lead through one quarter and coasted the rest of the way. Makayla Everette, a 6-foot-3 sophomore center, led Beddingfield with 14 points while senior guard Jayla Bullock netted 13 points. Sophomore wing A’aniyah Sherrod contributed 10 rebounds and eight points. Kaniya Thomas snatched seven rebounds.

In Tuesday’s win, Everette scored a season-high 22 points to go with 15 rebounds while Sherrod had seven points and four rebounds. Senior Jakeria Anderson also scored seven points and Bullock totaled six assists and three steals.

The 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Lady Spartans, who will host the Lady Bruins on Dec. 15, dropped to 3-3.

Beddingfield head coach Debra Pegram was happy with her team’s showing thus far this season.

“I’ve got a decent nucleus,” she said. “They’re good girls and work hard, putting in a lot of time over the summer. There’s still some things we need to improve on.”

Bullock, Anderson and Everette all played a lot of minutes last season, giving Pegram the experience she hasn’t had in recent seasons.

“We’ve got some experience in key spots,” she said. “Makayla got a lot of playing time last year so even though she’s just a sophomore, she’s got a lot of experience.”


Anderson, Kearney 5, Mitchell 3, Stacy 5, Wiseman 2.


J. Anderson 2, Bullock 13, T. Anderson 4, Dudley 4, Thomas 4, Everette 14, Sherrod 8, Best 2, Bottoms 4.

Score by quarters:

East Wake Acad.4533—15


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Thaggard 2, Reddick 8, Webb 7, Poyet 2, Lee 13, Tavarez 8, Moody 6.


J. Anderson 7, Bullock 5, Pope 4, Everette 22, Sherrod 7, Aikerson 6, Thomas 2.

Score by quarters:



A second-half rally wasn’t enough to propel the Hunt High varsity girls basketball team past Kinston on Tuesday as the Lady Warriors dropped a 56-52 nonconference decision at home.

Hunt of the 3-A Big East Conference fell behind 18-5 through one quarter and, despite outscoring the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Lady Vikings 18-8 in the fourth quarter, dropped to 4-2 on the season. Both of the Lady Warriors’ losses have come against Kinston (3-1).

Senior Kayla Kent led Hunt with 21 points while sophomore Imani Sutton netted 16 points to go with six rebounds and two blocked shots.

Hunt will visit C.B. Aycock on Thursday and play at county rival Beddingfield on Friday.

Score by quarters:



Lady Cyclones surge past Cresset, 29-23

DURHAM — The visiting Community Christian varsity girls basketball team finally created the uptempo offense that first-year head coach Mark Kent prefers in the last quarter and surged to a 29-23 conquest of nonconference foe Cresset Christian on Tuesday night.

The Lady Cyclones salvaged their second win against four losses going into next Monday’s game at home in the Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf gym against Lawrence Academy.

Kent explained limited practice opportunities and his players adjusting to a new style has slowed the offensive process.

“But the girls are coming around,” he declared. “So many teams are playing zone against us because we’re not shooting the ball well. We are pretty much executing out of the half-court and trying to get the shooting together.”

Behind senior Morgan Lane, CCS outscored Cresset 12-5 in the final quarter. Cresset clung to an 18-17 edge after three quarters.

“We were a little bit quicker and wore them down,” Kent said. “We were pushing the ball, throwing it over the top and getting easy opportunities.”

Lane, CCS’ leading scorer, tossed in a game-high 14 points. Whitney Bissette scored five.


Lane 14, Jac kson 2, Bissette 5, Garner 2, Pate 2, Gardner 3, Langley 1.


Vuelta 10, Burnett 8, smith 3, Mason 1, Van Buren 1.

Score by quarters:



Ladybirds can’t overcome CH

WENDELL — Despite outscoring host Corinth Holders 33-23 after the first quarter, the 18-0 hole the Southern Nash varsity girls basketball team found itself in was too much to overcome in a 41-33 nonconference loss Tuesday.

The 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds remained winless through five games while the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference Lady Pirates emerged 2-3.

Stacie Winner had 12 points to lead Southern Nash while Rayna Bailey added eight points.

The Ladybirds will host Bunn on Thursday.

Score by quarters:

Southern Nash013812—33

Corinth Holders187106—41

SWE comeback falls short versus Hawks

PINETOPS — Trailing by 17 points entering the fourth quarter, the SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity girls basketball team fell behind by as many as 21 points before a furious rally allowed the Lady Cougars to make it a one-possession game.

However, SouthWest failed to recognize the game situation at the free-throw line with a minute to go, allowing North Lenoir’s Jamenia Lynch to scoop in uncontested and stick back in the missed foul shot, giving North Lenoir enough cushion to hold on for the 53-52 win.

Legendary SouthWest head coach Sandra Langley explained that Lynch was on the line for a one-and-one, but her Lady Cougars were under the impression North Lenoir had reached the double bonus. Thus, SouthWest rested on the miss.

“Everybody stood and watched,” Langley said. “They thought she had two shots. The shooter went in front of everyone.”

SouthWest’s fourth-quarter surge was fueled by five 3-pointers, two from sophomore Bailey Davis. Davis had 10 points for the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Cougars (1-2). Shayla Ellis, a senior, led the way with 17 and tossed in a 3-pointer during the fourth quarter spree. Freshman Natyshasai McKinney came off the bench and tacked on two more treys in the fourth. North Lenoir (4-2) of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference was led by the 14 points of Lynch.


Lynch 10, McPhail 11, Kornegay 2, White 2, Taylor 6, Lynch 14, Stroud 8,


Ellis 17, Davis 10, Smallwood 7, A. Mckinney 6, N. McKinney 6, Barnes 2, Battle 2, Lewis 2, Williams, Glass.

Score by quarters:

North Lenoir1015208—53

SW Edgecombe951028—52

Lady Falcons lose at West Johnston

BENSON — Tied after three quarters of Tuesday’s varsity girls basketball game at West Johnston, C.B. Aycock was outscored in the fourth quarter and lost 33-28 to drop to 1-5 on the season.

Cassandra Lassiter dropped in three 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 19 points for the Lady Falcons.

Score by quarters:

C.B. Aycock9658—28

West Johnston76713—33


Bruins dunk East Wake 77-25

Beddingfield encountered little opposition from visiting East Wake Academy in Tuesday’s varsity boys basketball game as the Bruins rolled to a 77-52 victory.

The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Bruins upped their record to 3-1 while East Wake, a charter school in Zebulon in the 1-A North Central Conference, dropped to 3-6.

Junior Zy’ree Wilder led Beddingfield with 21 points while freshman Mike Best had 14 points and Nasiar Blackston, another freshman, and junior Jalen Artis had 10 points each. Sophomore Issac Phillips’ 17 points paced the Eagles.

Beddingfield will host Hunt on Friday.


Wolf 2, Phillips 17, Gilchrist 2, Brooks 2, Leonard 2.


Cooper 4, Lacey 4, Wooten 4, Artis 10, Pittman 8, Best 14, Blackston 10, Witherspoon 2, Wilder 21.

Score by quarters:

East Wake7936—25


WPA can’t catch up to Mount Zion

DURHAM — After falling behind by eight points in the first quarter Tuesday, the Wilson Prep boys basketball team outscored host Mount Zion Christian the rest of the way. However it wasn’t enough for the Tigers, who dropped to 3-2 with 55-48 loss.

Righteous Tomlin led WPA with 15 points to go with three rebounds and two blocked shots while DeNardrick Gray and Sha’Kei Hines each scored eight points.

Marquis Johnson netted 18 points to lead Mount Zion, which improved to 9-0.


Bates 3, Taylor, Whitaker 4, Gray 8, Ellis 3, McTaggart 2, Hines 8, Tomlin 15, Sanders 5.


Johnson 18, Rice 2, Ham 6, Rombley 11, Lawrence 15, Brown 8.

Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep8111316—48

Mount Zion2051416—55

Falcons fall short at W. Johnston

BENSON — The C.B. Aycock varsity boys basketball team tumbled to 2-4 after failing to hold a lead in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game at West Johnston.

The Golden Falcons owned a 34-30 advantage after three quarters but were outscored 23-14 in the final period by the Wildcats (2-4) in the nonconference outing.

Jaylan Robinson scored 19 points to lead CBA while Tayquan Hampton added nine points.

Score by quarters:

C.B. Aycock1581114—48

West Johnston159623—53


CBA girls whip West Johnston 45-19

BENSON — Visiting C.B. Aycock drilled West Johnston 45-19 in girls basketball action Tuesday to remain unbeaten through four games.

Kaitlyn Smith led the Lady Falcons with 16 points while Abbey Thomas bucketed 13 points and Ebony Green scored 10.

Falcons shut down West Johnston

BENSON — The C.B. Aycock boys shut out host West Johnston in the second quarter en route to a 48-16 boys basketball romp Tuesday.

Ben Reid’s 13 points paced the Golden Falcons (4-3) while Guy Crane scored 11.

Fike evens record, defeats SouthWest

The Fike High girls basketball team evened its record at 3-3 with a 40-29 win against visiting SouthWest Edgecombe on Wednesday evening.

Leading 21-17 at halftime, the Lady Golden Demons took command by outscoring SouthWest 10-4 in the third quarter. In the first meeting, Fike pulled out a one-point win.

Pacing the Lady Demons offense were Laniyah Everette with 13 points, Caitlyn Graziani with 10 and Lindsey Curlings with eight.

The Lady Cougars (0-2) were led by Keniasia Dunn with 13 points.

Fike is the guest of East Wake on Friday evening.