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ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Harrison Parker led three Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball players in double figures Thursday night as the Chargers picked up a road win over Rocky Mount Academy by a 67-49 score.
Parker led the way with 23 points, while sophomore Deston Melvin added 17. Junior Seth Thompson had 12 and junior Spencer Parker added seven.
Wilson Christian (5-12) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks led 32-28 at halftime after falling behind by eight after one quarter. The Chargers, accurate on eight 3-pointers, then extended to a 43-32 advantage and subverted a Rocky Mount Academy run in the fourth.
Parker netted 10 of his game-high total in the final period.
“A great win tonight giving us some momentum into Friday’s conference game at Berean,” Wilson Christian head coach Kevin Zander said. “The team is starting to hit a groove defensively which is what we have been looking for. A great team win tonight as we kept our composure down the stretch. I am so proud of how these young men are learning and giving their best on both sides of the court!”
Rocky Mount Academy (6-9) was led by Ben Tucker and Collin Legaj, who each had 12 points.
WCA visits Fayetteville Berean Baptist Academy on Friday.
WILSON CHR. (67)
Melvin 17, Horrell 6, Thompson 12, H. Parker 23, S. Parker 7, Ortiz, Spinella, Jackson, Provo, Peacock 2.
ROCKY MT. ACAD (49)
Freeman 6, Pittman 5, Dunn 9, Legaj 12, Smith 3, Bryant 2, Tucker 12.
Score by quarters:
Wilson Chr. 10 22 11 24 — 67
Rocky Mt. Acad. 18 10 4 17 — 49
Lady Chargers plagued by missed opportunities at RMA
ROCKY MOUNT — Multiple chances to seize lead presented themselves in the final minute and 15 seconds for the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team on Thursday, but instead, the Lady Chargers were left to stare at a 37-35 loss at the hands of Rocky Mount Academy.
WCA (12-7) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East region ranks surged in the second quarter to take a 22-13 lead, but could not find the basket in the closing stages.
“We just couldn’t score,” WCA head coach Brian Trull lamented. “Plain and simple.”
Leading by the final margin, the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A Coastal Independent Conference Lady Eagles (13-3) missed the back end of a one-and-one with 11 seconds to play.
Wilson Christian advanced the ball and found senior Ashley Hartsfield open in the corner for what would have been the game-winning 3-pointer, but it missed.
The offensive rebound settled with junior Madison Carnes, who was fouled with three-tenths of a second remaining on the putback.
However, Carnes missed the first foul shot, and the intentional miss on the second did not bear fruit as time expired.
Carnes had 10 points to pace Wilson Christian, while senior Kayla Tant had seven.
“We’ve got to do a better job handling pressure situations,” Trull said.
WILSON CHR. (35)
Carnes 10, Tant 7, Hartsfield 6, Hoskins 5, Nesbit 5, Vick 1, Parker 1.
ROCKY MOUNT ACAD. (37)
D. Kitchen 11, Davis 8, Bryant 8, L. Kitchen 7, McCall 3.
Score by quarters:
Wilson Chr. 3 19 4 9 — 35
Rocky Mt. Acad. 7 6 12 12 — 37