NCHSAA PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Second half unkind to SN in loss to Hillside

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DURHAM — Bolstered by the belief that the Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team can steal a game in the final few minutes, the Firebirds departed for halftime in Saturday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A third-round game with Durham Hillside in striking distance.

But trailing by seven entering the third quarter, the Firebirds lost sight of the top seed in the 3-A East bracket after halftime.

Hillside opened the third quarter on a 13-2 run and pulled away for a 67-33 victory.

Southern Nash of the Big East Conference, the No. 25 seed and the lowest remaining seed in any of the NCHSAA’s four classifications, ended its year with a 16-10 record. Hillside, the Big 8 champion, moved to 28-1 and faces No. 4 Burlington Williams in the regional semifinal.

The Firebirds held an early 7-6 lead before a three-point play from the Hornets capped off a 14-2 first-half run. 

Southern Nash careers closed for Darius Edmudson and Artavius Allen.


No scorers available.


No scorers available.

Score by quarters:

Southern Nash 7 6 8 12 33

Hillside 13 7 23 24 67

Rams escape First Flight, 78-69

SNOW HILL — The Greene Central High varsity boys basketball team received the gamut of the Kill Devil Hills First Flight experience during Saturday’s third-round game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs.

Known for its relentless display in shooting the 3-point shot, the Nighthawks carried their brand of basketball into Greene County and emerged with a 12-point lead after one quarter.

However, Greene Central, the defending 2-A East regional champion, rallied to take a lead at halftime and held off the Nighthawks in the fourth quarter for a 78-69 victory.

The No. 2 seed Rams moved to 22-7 and hosts No. 6 Hertford County in a rematch of last year’s regional semifinal on Tuesday night. 

First Flight, the No. 10 seed and the runner-up in the Northeastern Coastal Conference, ended its year at 20-9.

The Nighthawks, who made 13 3-poiners were led by the 21 points of Reese Jones. All of Jones’ points came from 3-point territory. Greene Central, which placed five players in double figures, made 31 of 52 shots for 60-percent accuracy,

Senior Hysaan Hudson led the way with 19 points, with junior Kentrell Suggs adding 18. 

Senior Jekael Gay had 13 and senior Imajae Dodd, a UNC Wilmington signee, finished with 11. Suggs was 4 for 5 from 3-point territory for Greene Central.

Dodd posted a double-double, notching 13 rebounds.


Blake 16, Jones 21, Witt 2, Davidson 8, High 20, Kitchin 2.


Corbitt 10, Hudson 19, Suggs 18, Taylor 3, Gay 13, Dodd 11, Johnson 4.

Score by quarters:

First Flight 23 17 13 16 69

Greene Central 11 30 16 21 — 78