AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Demons stuff Rocky Mount 50-37 in Big East opener

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ROCKY MOUNT — Return to sender.

With a 23-day layoff between the start of 3-A Big East Conference play and the program’s 20th Farris & Farris Holiday Tournament championship, the defense of the Fike High varsity girls basketball team did not lapse Friday night in a 50-37 victory at ancient rival Rocky Mount.

Senior Jada Lee led three Fike (12-2) players in double figures with 17 points, but the inside tandem of junior Ashleigh Sage and senior Mason Blake combined to block 10 shots, with Sage redirecting six. The Lady Gryphons (8-6) were held to single digits in every quarter but the third. Blake was responsible for “eight or nine” rebounds, according to Nelson’s estimate.

Senior Aniya Thigpen had 12 points with junior Jah’asia Pernell adding 11. Fike led 20-12 at the half and carried a 35-29 lead into the final quarter.

“If we can get three girls showing up, that’s always going to help us in conference,” Fike head coach Jeff Nelson said.

Fike is home to Northern Nash on Friday.

FIKE (50)

Lee 17, Kent 3, Pernell 11, Sage 4, Thigpen 12, Blake 3, Williams, Barbee.


Moore 5, Hicks 6, Pittman 11, Morris 13, Harmon 2.

Score by quarters:


Rocky Mount57178—37


Greenfield slowed by WCS 58-21

The Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team had no answer for archrival Wayne Country Day on Friday night in a 58-21 loss at home.

Jala Holloman had 22 points to outscore the Lady Knights on her own as the Chargers improved to 11-3. Greenfield, paced by Kaelyn Wall’s 10 points, fell to 5-7 and 1-3 within the confines of the 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference.

Chloe Howard chipped in seven points for the Lady Knights, who only had three players enter the scoring column.

Greenfield, which travels to Winterville Christ Covenant on Tuesday, trailed 35-10 at halftime.


Jones 2, Barnes 5, Holloman 22, Strickland 8, Freeman 5, Cox 3, Jeffreys 13.


Howard 7, Brittle 4, Wall 10, Stone, Hassan, Holloman, Godwin.

Score by quarters:

Wayne Country Day18171013—58



CCS rally falls short against Kerr-Vance

The Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team trimmed a 12-point halftime deficit to a single possession in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Cyclones could not close any further Friday night in a 46-40 loss to 1-A Coastal Independents Conference opponent Kerr-Vance Academy at ENCSD’s Barney Williamson Gym.

CCS (9-7, 2-5 CIC) was led by senior Morgan Lane’s 16 points. Olivia Bullard added 13 points and six steals defensively. 

CCS head coach Mark Kent said that the switch to a pressure defense against pressure-oriented KVA helped the Lady Cyclones close to within 34-27 entering the fourth quarter. The Lady Cyclones had chances to cut the deficit to one, but could not convert inside. 

The Lady Cyclones step out of conference Tuesday to face Greenville Pope John Paul II.



Evans 10, Johnson 2, Hogge 3, Dickerson 11, Owens 8, Negron 2, Lyles 8, Carr 2.

CCS (40)

Jackson 3, Bissette 4, Bullard 13, Garner, Lane 16, Pate, Winstead, Gardner 2, Langley 2.


Score by quarters:

Kerr-Vance Acad. 9 16 9 12 46

CCS 7 6 14 13 40

Late foul shots sink Lady Chargers

The Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team has seen just about enough of Lighthouse Christian Homeschool guard Jada Jennings.

Trailing by one with 10 seconds remaining Friday night, Wilson Christian’s Jenna Hunter swooped in with a steal of an inbounds pass and laid it in, giving the Lady Chargers a one-point lead with 6.1 seconds to play.

But after Wilson Christian couldn’t stay in front of Jennings without fouling her, she stepped to the line with 1.2 seconds to go and made both free throws, ultimately dooming the Lady Chargers to a tough 39-38 loss.

WCA (9-8) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 ranks, in falling to 9-8, was instructed to “shadow” Jennings once taking the lead with six seconds left, according to assistant coach Mitch Hayes. But the shadowing turned into a foul call, and Jennings stepped to the line.

She missed the front end of a one-and-one, allowing WCA to grab the rebound. The Lady Chargers went to the line for a one-and-one and missed there, leaving the ball in the hands of Jennings. Her full-court sprint to the basket ended with WCA giving another foul with 1.2 ticks left, setting up the winning foul shots. The Lady Chargers could do nothing with the time remaining.

Junior forward McKenna Griffin had a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Chargers. Jennings had 12 to lead Lighthouse.

WCA returns to NCCSA play Tuesday, playing host to Kinston Bethel Christian.


Jennings 12, Kester 6, Garner 4, Wallace 8, Lealy 7, Brown 2.

WILSON CHr. (38)

Hartsfield 6, Barnes 2, Carnes 4, Tant 3, Harris 2, Hunter 5, Jones, Griffin 14

Score by quarters:

Lighthouse Chr.891111—39

Wilson Chr.1431011—38


Ellis’ field goal rescues SouthWest

FARMVILLE — Shayla Ellis, a 5-foot-11 senior, scored with a couple of seconds remaining to vault the visiting SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity girls basketball team to a 54-52 2-A Eastsern Plains Conference win against Farmville Central on Friday night.

The Lady Jaguars tied the score at 52-52 with approximately 11 seconds remaining. SouthWest worked the basketball into the front-court, passed it to Ellis, who drove to the basket and scored. The Lady Cougars emerged victorious when Farmville Central was unable to get a timeout.

With its sixth consecutive win, SouthWest, the reigning conference champion, improved to 2-0 in the league and to 7-3 overall. The Lady Cougars welcome county rival Tarboro for a nonconference test Saturday night and visit North Pitt for a rescheduled conference clash Monday.

“This was a good win, a very good win,” exclaimed SouthWest head coach Sandra Langley. “I am proud of the way we played.”

Sophomore Bailey Davis paced SouthWest with 16 points that included a 4-for-4 performance at the foul line. Ellis, the lone senior starter, managed a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. She also had four assists.

Freshman guard Jada Battle notched 10 points, seven assists and four steals. Alonee Smallwood, a 6-foot freshman, snared 16 rebounds.

SouthWest managed a 24-20 halftime lead although three starters were forced to sit with foul problems. More Lady Cougars anxious moments occurred in the second half when minor injuries forced Battle and Smallwood to miss a couple of minutes. The lead changed hands four times in the final quarter before SouthWest secured the outcome.


Davis 16, Ellis 13, Battle 10, A. McKinney 6, Smallwood 5, Williams 4, Lewis, Glass, N. McKinney.


Shepard 11, Joyner 10, Fabio 6, Speight 6, Barnes 4, Petway 4, Carmon 1, Foskey 7, Bennett 3.

Score by quarters:

SW Edgecombe13111515—54

Farmville Cent.1191616—52


Lady Tigers beat Thales 29-18

Jadore Lucas Barnes had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds Thursday in helping the Wilson Prep varsity girls basketball team to a 29-18 victory over visiting Thales Academy of Rolesville.

Barnes further stuffed the stat sheet with six steals and a pair of blocks. Trinity Mobley led Wilson Prep in scoring, netting 17 points and securing eight steals.

The Lady Tigers’ defense didn’t permit a point in the opening quarter on the way to a 15-4 halftime lead.

Wilson Prep plays host to North East Carolina Prep on Wednesday.


Mobley 17, Watkins, Waddell, Barnes 10, Scott, Riley, Avent 2, Patel, Issette.


No individual stats available.

Score by quarters:


Wilson Prep96410—29


Lady Falcons fall to Eastern Wayne

GOLDSBORO — After forging a 11-8 lead after one quarter, the Charles B. Aycock High varsity girls basketball team struggled offensively the rest of the way and dropped a 43-30 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference decision to host county rival Eastern Wayne on Wednesday evening.

In a clash of 3-A league members, the Lady Golden Falcons stumbled to 2-2 in the conference and 3-9 in all contests.

CBA was without a scorer in double figures and sank but just one shot from 3-point range.

Freshman Abbey Thomas’ eight points led the Lady Falcons, while senior Hannah Vinson tallied seven and connected on the 3-point shot.



White, McCadden power Knights’ win

The Greenfield School varsity boys basketball reaped just about every benefit possible in Friday’s comprehensive 105-68 victory over 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference archrival Wayne Country Day.

Not only did seniors Coby White and Elijah McCadden pull off a Greenfield first by accounting for two triple-doubles in the same game, but the Knights picked up a 20-point showing from sophomore Dji Bailey and got 18 points from sophomore Trey Pittman off the bench.

The Knights (16-6), in gluttonous fashion, continued to knock down 3-point shots in going 15 of 37 from beyond the arc. Bailey was responsible for five of those as Greenfield rolled to a 61-34 lead at halftime.

Greenfield, as a team, handed out 28 assists.

White and McCadden combined for 21 of that total in their respective triple doubles, with White going for 32 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. McCadden tallied 20 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.

Marcus Metcalf and Javon Outlaw each netted 18 points for Wayne Country Day (10-8). Linwood Grandy had 17.

Greenfield will host a Martin Luther King Jr. showcase Monday, with the Knights taking on Raleigh Word of God in the day’s final game at 6:30 p.m.


Atwood 3, Grandy 17, Whitfield 6, Metcalf 18, Outlaw 18, Cooper 6


White 32, McCadden 20, Bailey 20, Outlaw 7, Baker 3, Pittman 18, Foster, Andreasen.

Score by quarters:

Wayne Country Day17171915—68

Greenfield26 352123—105


Poor shooting plagues Bruins at Nash Central

ROCKY MOUNT — It may be flu season, but a far more nefarious virus has ensnarled the Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team.

The Bruins simply can’t put the ball in the basket.

That problem marched on Friday night in a 2-A Eastern Plains Conference encounter at first-year member Nash Central, where Beddingfield fell behind 34-18 at the half and went to a 71-43 defeat. 

“We have some kind of virus going on when it comes to making baskets,” Beddingfield head coach Joe Dvozenja said. “They bullied us on the boards tonight. When we’re not hitting stuff, it makes it hard to win.”

Beddingfield fell to 5-7 overall and 1-2 within the EPC, while Nash Central climbed to 9-6, 2-0 within the conference.

While shooting percentages weren’t available in what Dvozenja described as a sweltering Nash Central gym, he joked that it was in the netherregions.

“You could pick a number between zero and 10 percent,” Dvozenja said. “It wasn’t good.”

Chris Bridgers led all scorers with 20 points for Nash Central, including four 3-pointers. Senior Octavius Lacey had 14 points, with classmate Tobias Cooper adding 13. Junior Zy’ree Wilder, typically a spark plug around the basket and on the boards, was held without a point.

Beddingfield will play in the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational on Monday at Farmville Central, facing Kill Devil Hills First Flight at 1:30 p.m.



Cooper 13, Lacey 14, Artis 3, Speight 4, Best 4, Blackston 2, Witherspoon 3, Wilder, Langston, Wooten, Brantley.


Jones 6, Styles 3, Simmons 2, Bridgers 20, Brown 15, Phillips 13, High 6, Smith 2, Dixon 4.


Score by quarters:

Beddingfield 11 7 13 12 43

Nash Central 15 19 19 18 71

WCA can’t contain Friendship trio

The Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team’s defense yielded a combined 62 points to a trio of Friendship Christian players in dropping a 74-68 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region District 3 decision at home Friday night.

The Chargers lost for the first time in three district tests and slipped to 9-8 overall. Wilson Christian breaks from region and district play to visit Fellowship Christian of Durham on Monday.

The contest was nip-and-tuck from start to finish and the Chargers unsuccessfully attempted to match strategy the last 2 1/2 minutes by playing the fouling game.

“They pulled away a little bit at the end,” WCA head coach Andy Coffman said of Friendship.

Wreaking havoc upon the Chargers were senior center Phillip Perry with 22 points and guards Garrett Husky and Ty Green with 20 points each. Leading Wilson Christian was junior Jimmy Forte with game highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Zach Hunter contributed 16 points and five steals. Senior David Peele tossed in a career-high 14 points.


Husky 20, Haufler 7, Green 20, Perry 22, Rubio 5.


Parker 4, Hunter 16, Grisson 4, Peele 14, Forte 25, McFarland 5.

Score by quarters:




Wilson Prep doubles up Thales Academy

Righteous Tomlin led the way with 24 points in helping the Wilson Prep varsity boys basketball team even its record at 5-5 with an 84-42 win over visiting Thales Academy of Rolesville.

Tyronne Whitaker added 15 points for the Tigers as Chris Bates finished with 12. Cody Taylor had nine points, two steals and three assists.

Wilson Prep, which led 64-24 at halftime, hosts North East Carolina Prep on Wednesday.


No scorers available.


Bates 12, Gray, Hines 3, Miller 2, Tomlin 24, Sanders 10, Miller, Taylor 9, Whitaker 15, McTaggart 9, Wimberely.

Score by quarters:

Thales Acad.168810—42

Wilson Prep3331812—84


Deans’ outburst can’t lift Hornets by RMA

Despite another impressive scoring performance from Jeremiah Deans, the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf varsity boys basketball team was no match for its Christmas break rust Monday night in a 70-49 loss to Rocky Mount Academy inside Barney Williamson Gym.

The Hornets, who will carry an 8-1 record and the No. 1 seed into next week’s Mason-Dixon Tournament in Talladega, Ala., had Deans erupt for 40 points against the Eagles, members of the 1-A/2-A North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Coastal Independent Conference.

But after trailing 13-10 after one quarter, the Hornets were knocked back with a 30-7 spree in the second quarter that left the hosts down 43-17 at the half.

“We got whipped pretty good,” ENCSD head coach Leonard Baker said. “Between the Christmas break and the snow, there was a lot of rust, no balance and lack of cohesiveness. No excuse, everyone is going through the same things. We just have to get back to work and get ourselves right.

Trey Smelcer’s 20 points led Rocky Mount Academy.

ENCSD will take on the winner of Georgia School for the Deaf-North Carolina School for the Deaf on Thursday night at 8 p.m.


Cutshall 4, David 6, Snipes 4, Beddingfield 12, Pruden 10, Smelcer 20, Gazaway 8.

ENCSD (49)

Robinson 1, Carlton 5, Vargus 1, Deans 40, Eason 2, Brayboy, McLaughlin.

Score by quarters:

Rocky Mount Acad.1330914—70



Torrid 4th quarter rescues Falcons

GOLDSBORO — A torrid fourth quarter enabled the visiting Charles B. Aycock High varsity boys basketball team to rally to a 65-54 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference triumph against county rival Eastern Wayne on Wednesday night.

The Golden Falcons outscored Eastern Wayne 21-7 in the final quarter. CBA, down 37-33 at intermission, limited the Warriors to 17 points in the second half.

In a showdown of a pair of 3-A league members, CBA evened its conference record at 2-2 and its overall mark at 7-7.

Four Falcons scored in double figures, led by senior Eli Batts with 19 points. Senior Tayquan Hampton netted 11 points, while senior Rakilen Butler and senior Marquez Farmer tallied 10 each. Butler connected on a pair of 3-point attempts.

C.B. AYCOCK (65)

Moore 3, Robinson 4, Gooding 4, Butler 10, Batts 19, Hampton 11, Farmer 10, Wildman 4.


Scoring not available

Score by quarters:

C. B. Aycock20131121—65

Eastern Wayne2116107—54



CBA drilled by South Central 51-14

PIKEVILLE — The surroundings of home did nothing to assist the Charles B. Aycock High boys basketball team Friday night in a 51-14 loss to 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference opponent Winterville South Central.

Kaden Jones and Trever Reid, both freshmen, led the Golden Falcons (8-8, 3-3 ECC) with three points. CBA did not register a point in the second and third quarters.

CBA hosts Southern Wayne on Thursday.


Pressure defense carries DASH to win

ROCKY MOUNT — A pressure defense by host DASH Homeschool boys basketball team ignited the United to a convincing 56-34 defeat of North Wake Homeschool, the North Carolinians for Home Education Athletic Conference East Regional champion last season, on Friday at Englewood Baptist Church.

Jacob Dienes fired in a season-high 20 points to lead DASH, which also got 10 points from Jonathan Weeks and nine from Jordan Bailey.

DASH, now 14-4, will host Durham Flight on Tuesday.


Cyclones shellac Ridgecroft, 65-25

The Community Christian School boys basketball team posted its ninth victory in 10 outings by a 65-25 margin against visiting Ridgecroft of Ahoskie in Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf’s Barney Williamson Gym on Thursday night.

The Cyclones constructed a 46-13 halftime lead and continued to pull away.

Pacing the CCS scoring were Joshua Williams with 22 points and Eli Eger with 13.


CBA turns back Eastern Wayne

GOLDSBORO — The visiting Charles B. Aycock High boys basketball team outscored Eastern Wayne 11-4 in the third quarter en route to a 33-27 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference victory against Eastern Wayne on Wednesday.

The Golden Falcons improved to 3-1 in the conference and to 8-6 against all foes.

Myron Poindexter and Trever Reid each scored seven points for CBA, while Ben Reid and Michael Williams added five each.


Scoreless final quarter sinks CBA

GOLDSBORO — The Charles B. Aycock High girls basketball team failed to score in the last quarter and saw a 23-22 edge after three quarters vanish into a 32-23 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference loss to host Eastern Wayne on Wednesday.

The Lady Warriors outscored CBA 10-0 in the last period. CBA dropped to 2-2 in the conference and to 6-2 overall.

CBA was keyed by Jada Spruill with 11 points, Shi Speight with six and Ebony Green with five.