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Putting on a scary display of shooting and dictation of pace, the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team connected on 16 of 25 attempts from behind the 3-point line, and six players finished in double figures as the Knights obliterated previously unbeaten Raleigh Trinity Academy 101-56 on Tuesday night.
Greenfield, the defending North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champions, improved to 3-1 and handed out 23 total assists. Senior Dji Bailey, a Wake Forest signee, had seven assists, with classmate Collin Guilford adding six and leading all scorers with 23 points.
Senior Creighton Lebo was 5 of 7 from 3-point range, while eighth grader Hampton Evans had 12 points on a perfect 4-for-4 showing beyond the arc. Senior Trey Pittman added 13 points and Jordan Lynch, another senior, had 11.
“The pace was phenomenal,” Greenfield head coach Rob Salter said. “I’m proud of the guys. For the first time, our guards were getting in front of the ball.”
With free-throw shooting being an issue in the Knights’ sole loss to Concord Cannon, Greenfield eliminated any possibility of that being an issue in a second quarter that saw the hosts double up Trinity en route to a 52-33 edge at the half. The Knights led 85-49 after three quarters and the clock ran continuously on the 2-A Triangle Triad Athletic Conference Tigers (4-1) by the end of play.
Tyler Gill and Jake Bertolini-Felice led Trinity with 17 points.
Greenfield remains home Wednesday to face Raleigh Ravenscroft.
TRINITY ACAD. (56)
Gill 17, Bertolini-Felice 17, Richardson 1, Ross 8, White 7, Boylston 2, Perry 4.
Lebo 19, Lynch 11, Guilford 23, Pittman 16, Bailey 13, Evans 12, Holland 3, Woodard 2, Austin 2.
Score by quarters:
Trinity Academy 17 16 16 7 — 56
Greenfield 25 32 28 16 — 101
Cyclones foiled by Cape Fear 99-63
A 34-point output from senior Jimmy Forte wasn’t enough to propel the Community Christian School varsity boys basketball team to victory Tuesday night, as the Cyclones dropped a 99-63 decision to Cape Fear Christian at Peace Church.
Junior Andrew Gattis had 13 points for the Cyclones, with senior Michael Piccolo adding eight points and eight rebounds.
CCS (1-3), loser of three straight, visit Kerr-Vance Academy on Friday.
Third quarter dooms CCS against Cape Fear
Excessive turnovers in the third quarter caused the Community Christian School girls basketball team to fall off the pace with Cape Fear Christian, and the Lady Cyclones were outpaced 15-2 in that span en route to a 49-34 defeat Tuesday night at Peace Church.
CCS (1-3), a 1-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference, got nine points and six assists from junior Olivia Walker. Walker added four steals. Junior Alexis Langley added seven points and seven rebounds, but after only trailing 23-19 at halftime, most of CCS’s 15 turnovers came in the third quarter, allowing Cape Fear to pull away.
Junior Abby Lenhart had eight points and four steals.
“We were breaking the press, but just turning the ball over,” first-year CCS girls head coach Kenneth Atkinson said. “I am proud of the girls.”
CCS visits Kerr-Vance Academy on Friday to open the CIC portion of its schedule.
CAPE FEAR CHR. (49)
McNeil 11, Taylor 2, Matthews 13, K. Bass 4, Trailov 2, A. Bass 7, Taylor 10.
Walker 9, Langley 7, Manning 1, Lenhart 8, Lyndon 2, Jackson 7.
Score by quarters:
Cape Fear Chr. 14 9 15 11 — 49
CCS 8 11 2 13 — 34
Ladybirds fall in season opener
BUNN — Leading by three at the half, a scoring drought in the third quarter befouled the lead for the Southern Nash girls basketball team in an eventual season-opening 39-33 loss to host Bunn on Tuesday.
The Ladybirds trailed by seven points after the first quarter, but scored 17 points in the second quarter to take a lead going into the half.
Southern Nash scored just one point in the third quarter to trail by seven again by the start of the fourth. A late run brought the Ladybirds within two points with a minute remaining in the game, but they could not capitalize on the opportunity.
With 14 points, Jermia Walker was the leading scorer for the Ladybirds while Rayna Bailey added 10 points.
Southern Nash will host Smithfield-Selma on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m.
Southern Nash (33)
Walker 14, Bailey 10, Lucas 4, Gaure 2, Williams 2, Whitley 1.
No individual stats available.
Score by quarters:
Southern Nash 5 17 1 10 — 33
Bunn 12 7 11 9 — 39
Firebirds win 2 in opening tri-match
BUNN — Southern Nash launched its wrestling season with a pair of victories in a trig-match at Bunn High on Monday.
The Firebirds slammed Southern Wayne 60-9 and clipped the host Wildcats 34-27. Going undefeated for Southern Nash were Jose Rodriguez, Jonathan Salazar, Cameron Small, Noah Fulghum, Jeremiah Saunders, Andrew Barmer, Tristan Rosas, Lupe Salazar and Dyllin Ellis.
Next up for the Firebirds is the Wickham Duals on Saturday at Fike.
Seniors lead Aycock to opening victory
SNOW HILL — The veteran leadership of four seniors powered the C.B. Aycock wrestling team to victories over North Pitt and Greene Central in a tri-match hosted by the Rams on Tuesday night.
“I was most impressed with the seniors and how they dominated their matches,” Aycock head coach Brian Doyle said. “I told them before the matches, this will be their last first matches of the season so make them memorable and they certainly did.”
The four seniors — Tyler Hughes, Christian Decatur, Canon Barrett and Colby Perry — went 2-0 each, combining for an unblemished 8-0 mark through seven pin falls and one technical fall to beat the Panthers 41-33 and Greene Central 66-18.
Juniors Kevin Dickenson and Johnathan Parks also went 2-0 on the day, while junior Drey Carter, Seth Lupton, Tyler Penny, A.J. Crocker and Mikhael Reser and freshman Chance Sauls captured a win each.
The Golden Falcons expect to return two state qualifiers last season, Omar Tucker and Turner Bass, in the next match, the Franklinton Kickoff Individual Tournament, that is expected to have 11 teams participate Saturday.
Fike girls best Conley in opener
Utilizing the application of pressure defense, the Fike High girls basketball team turned in a 34-23 victory over D.H. Conley in the season opener for both teams Tuesday.
Mesha Strickland and Nevaeh Wilder each had 12 points for the Lady Golden Demons, while Makayla Williams and Lamontniya Fagan each had four.
Fike visits Greenville Rose on Thursday.
Greenfield blitzes Wilson Christian 76-39
Four players reached double figures in scoring for the Greenfield School boys basketball team in a 76-39 win over visiting Wilson Christian on Monday.
Matt Kirby had 13 points and seven assists for the Knights, unbeaten through two games. C.J. Alston had 13 points, while Jackson Watts and Porter Wells tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Wilson Christian was led by the 19 points of Will Hoskins.
Greenfield hosts Raleigh Ravenscroft on Wednesday.
WCA clips DASH 28-26
Holland Miller connected on two crucial free throws with under two minutes remaining in guiding the Wilson Christian girls basketball team to a 28-26 victory over DASH United on Friday.
Hailey Carnes added 12 points for the Lady Chargers.
Lady Cycs win big in opener
The Community Christian girls basketball team opened its season with a 56-5 defeat of visiting Our Lady of Perpetual Help of Rocky Mount on Thursday in the Peace Church gym. Abigail Jackson dropped in 19 points and had eight steals to lead the Lady Cyclones while Olivia Kelly added 11 points and Bobbiann Lee contributed eight points. Lily Lyndon had 11 rebounds to go with six points.