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ROCKY MOUNT — A defensive adjustment at halftime coupled with sheer determination on the part of the Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team resulted in a 45-41 nonconference victory Monday at Faith Christian.
The Lady Knights trailed 21-13 at halftime when head coach Bruce Wall decided to switch up his defense to do a better job of Faith Christian’s leading scorer Savannah Langley.
“I changed the defense a little bit because she was getting a lot of easy looks,” he said. “We made an adjustment and locked that down and came out with some halfcourt pressure in the third quarter that got us running and helped us out.”
The Lady Knights, now 3-5, used a 15-2 run in the third quarter to outscore the Lady Patriots 20-6 in the period and take a 33-27 lead going into the fourth quarter. Greenfield expanded that advantage to as many as 10 points, but Faith Christian (4-6) battled back to trail by a single point with 1:10 to play, forcing Wall to call a timeout.
“They told me, ‘We’re not going to lose. We’re not going to give away this game,’” Wall said of the huddle discussion.
Seventh-grader Chloe Howard converted a three-point play after being fouled on a layup to give the Lady Knights some breathing room. However, a turnover gave the Lady Patriots a chance to tie the game with seconds remaining. After Faith Christian missed a shot and got the offensive rebound, Howard stole the ball and attempted a layup. She missed but teammate Kaelyn Wall got the rebound and put it back just before time expired.
Sumer Hassan led the Lady Knights with 10 points while Wall and Claire Brittle had nine points each. Howard finished with seven. Langley led Faith Christian with 17 points.
Greenfield will host Wilson Prep on Tuesday.
Wall 9, Hassan 10, Stone 6, Howard 7, Holland 4, Brittle 9.
FAITH CHRISTIAN (41)
Savannah Langley 17, Whitley 6, Ayers 6, Williams 4, Mascarenhas 6, Nicholson 2.
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Faith Christian1110614—41CCS pushes past Lawrence 43-33
MERRY HILL — The Community Christian girls basketball team made the necessary halftime adjusts on defense that resulted in a 43-33 nonconference win Monday at Lawrence Academy.
“We had to change some momentum coming out in the third quarter. They were getting a lot of baseline layups,” said CCS first-year head coach Mark Kent.
The Lady Cyclones, now 4-4, limited the Lady Warriors (3-8) to just five points in the third quarter.
Senior Morgan Lane led CCS with 20 points while Olivia Bullard added 12 points.
The Lady Cyclones will host St. Thomas More of Raleigh on Tuesday in Williamson Gym on the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf campus.
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (43)
Jackson 1, Bissette 6, Bullard 12, Garner 2, Lane 20, Pate, Winstead, Langley, Gardner 2.
La. Smith 2, Rogers 6, Stevens, Goodwin 3, Li. Smith 9, Baker 7, Gardner 4, Guo 2.
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Hornets’ big 2nd half beats Northeast
The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf boys basketball team broke open what had been a tight game against visiting Northeast Academy in the first half Monday night as the Hornets outscored the Eagles 19-6 in the third quarter on the way to a 68-50 triumph.
Jeremiah Deans had a game-high 36 points to lead the Hornets, who remained unbeaten through eight games, believed to be the best start in school history. Deans, who also had 16 rebounds, four steals and three assists, was complemented by Naheim Carlton with 16 points, six rebounds and four steals and Alfonza Robinson with 11 points, four steals and three rebounds.
The Eagles were led by J.T. Simmons and Larry Barnes with 13 points each.
Northeast, which fell to 2-6, led by as many as seven points in the first half before the Hornets trimmed the margin to 27-26 by halftime.
“Northeast presented a tough challenge for us,” Hornets head coach Leonard Baker said. “Our kids showed a lot of toughness and heart in the second half. The game was much closer than the final score. We are real proud of the progress of this team. We can’t get satisfied and we have to keep getting better.”
The Hornets will visit North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A member Creswell High on Wednesday.
Rowe 4, Edwards 6, Barnes 13, Jones 6, Simmons 13, Smith 8, Polson.
Robinson 11, Carlton 16, Vargus 3, McLaughlin, Deans 36, Brayboy 2, Foote.
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Bancroft, Edwards win titles for Fike
KNIGHTDALE — Beside championship performances from senior Blake Edwards and sophomore Aaron Bancroft, the Fike High wrestling team placed fourth out of 18 teams Saturday in the inaugural Jerry Daniels Invitational hosted by Knightdale High.
Fike posted 368 points, finishing only behind tournament champion Kellam (Virginia) with a whopping 1,242 points, runner-up Fayetteville Cape Fear and third-place West Johnston.
Bancroft remained unbeaten through 20 matches on the season as he pulled out a 4-3 decision against Clayton senior Deondra James in the 152-pound weight class final. Edwards, now 16-2, edged Raleigh Leesville Road senior Maximus Buico 7-6 to claim the 106-pound crown. Bancroft won his first two matches by fall while Edwards claimed a major decision in the quarterfinals and pinned his semifinals opponents.
It was the second tournament title of the season for both Fike wrestlers.
Three more Golden Demons made it to the finals of their respective weight classes. Senior Linton Holmes finished second at 145 pounds, losing by fall to Joseph Anderson of Kellam, while classmate Joseph Speight was pinned by Kellam senior Thomas Schrantz in the 182-pound final. Fike heavyweight Saulo Rodriguez, in his first finals appearance of the season, lost by fall to Cape Fear’s Josh Jones in the 285-pound first-place match.
Fike senior Henry Escamilla placed third at 160 pounds while Demons freshman Vincent Page also placed, taking fourth at 132 pounds.
Raya title leads SN at ‘Beast of the East’
CROATAN — Senior Jesus Raya of Southern Nash claimed the 195-pound championship Saturday at the Beast of the East wrestling tournament hosted by Croatan High.
Raya won a 4-2 decision against Bradley Kenyon of Chapel Hill in the championship match, pushing his record to a perfect 16-0. Raya posted a victory by major decision in his first match before taking a 7-1 triumph in the semifinals.
Other Firebirds to place were senior Zachary Coble, who took fifth at 182 pounds; junior Daniel Medina, sixth at 120 pounds, and junior 220-pounder Pedro Vargas, who was also sixth.
Southern Nash finished 14th out of 19 teams in the the tournament, which was won by Washington.
Warriors finish off 2-1 week
The Hunt High boys basketball team captured two of its three games played last week in contests against Kinston, Charles B. Aycock and Beddingfield.
Hunt defeated Beddingfield 55-53 on Friday afternoon and registered a 49-39 triumph on the road at CBA.
The Warriors (6-2) kicked off the week last Tuesday with a 57-49 loss to Kinston, which is responsible for both Hunt losses this season.
Against Beddingfield, Hunt held onto a 12-point halftime lead with the aid of 24 points from Rhaquann Brunson.
Brunson was Hunt’s leading scorer versus CBA with 13 points, while Daniel Barnes chipped in nine.
Three Warriors reached double figures in the loss to Kinston, led by Brunson’s 16 points. Daniel Barnes had 11 and Rob Best chipped in 10.
Hunt plays host to Clayton on Thursday.