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AREA ROUNDUP: Fike bounces back to notch first victory, beats Rose 49-45

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Posted 11/21/19

GREENVILLE — With three players scoring in double figures, the visiting Fike High varsity girls basketball team posted its first 2019-20 victory  by a 49-45 margin against 3-A Greenville …

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AREA ROUNDUP: Fike bounces back to notch first victory, beats Rose 49-45

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GREENVILLE — With three players scoring in double figures, the visiting Fike High varsity girls basketball team posted its first 2019-20 victory  by a 49-45 margin against 3-A Greenville Rose of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Thursday evening.

Senior Brikayla Whitaker tossed in 14 points, while junior Janiseya Anderson bucketed 12 and sophomore Jada Lamm 10 as the Lady Golden Demons evened their record at 1-1.

Junior Kendall Harris added nine points and Whitaker came up with four steals.

Critical for Fike was outscoring the Rampants 12-7 in the second quarter to transform a 17-16 deficit after one quarter into a 28-24 halftime lead.

“We rebounded a lot better than we did Tuesday (loss at home to D.H. Conley),” reviewed Fike head coach Jeff Nelson. “We were able to hit some shots; they were falling from outside. We executed better than Tuesday, but that had a lot to do with being our first game of the year.”

Fike of the 3-A Big East Conference invades North Pitt of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Dec. 3.

FIKE (49)

J. Anderson 12, Whitaker 14, Barber 2, Harris 9, Artis 2, Lamm 10, Graziani, Curlings, Owens-Wright.

GREENVILLE ROSE (45)

Bryant 6, Hemby 7, Sands 6, Brown 17, Simpson 3, Crandell 6.

Score by quarters:

Fike 17 12 10 10 49

Greenville Rose 17 7 10 11 45

Defensive switch triggers Greenfield

The Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team pitched a shutout in the fourth quarter in pulling away to a 44-22 triumph against visiting Rocky Mount-Wilson DASH United on Thursday evening.

The Lady Knights evened their record at 1-1 and continue nonconference play at home against Cape Fear Academy of Wilmington on Friday.

Clinging to a 15-13 halftime edge, Greenfield switched to man-to-man pressure defense in the second half. The Lady Knights’ ability to convert DASH turnovers into easy baskets resulted in Greenfield owning a 32-9 margin in the second half. The Lady Knights outscored United, 9-0, in the final eight minutes.

Senior Kaela Wall sparked Greenfield with 18 points, while Holland drilled in 14. The Lady Knights had seven players available, with four scoring.

DASH UNITED (22)

Skinner 4, Deans 2, Lambert 2, Bailey 10, Lancaster 2, Hurdle 2.

GREENFIELD (44)

McNair 7, Wall 18, Holland 14, Stroh 5, Parker, Dean, Godwin.

Score by quarters:

DASH United 6 7 9 0 22

Greenfield 7 8 16 16 44

Hartsfield 3-pointer rescues WCA

Senior Ashley Hartsfield’s accurate 3-point shot some four feet behind the arc with 35 seconds remaining bombed the host Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team to a 44-42 win against Halifax Academy on Thursday evening.

The Lady Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks trailed 42-41 when Hartsfield delivered — on her way to a season-high 21 points.

After Hartsfield’s trey, the Lady Chargers responded with effective defense on Halifax’s next possession. 

However, Madison Carnes fouled, sending Halifax’s 6-foot-2 Emerson Poole to the foul line.

But Poole failed to connect on the front end of the 1-and-1 opportunity. Carnes rebounded and dribbled the basketball until the clock expired.

Carnes wound up with eight rebounds, while Olivia Vick managed four rebounds and three assists. Hartsfield drained 5-of-13 attempts from 3-point range.

Halifax’s Poole stuffed in 20 points.

WCA notched its third consecutive win after a season-opening loss and next sees action against New Life Storm.

HALIFAX ACADEMY (42)

Peele 20, Barnes 7, Garner 7, Lyles 4, Dickens 4.

WILSON CHRISTIAN (44)

Hartsfield 21, Carnes 6, Hoskins 5, Tant 4, Vick 4, Parker 2, Willard 2, Barnes, Nesbit. 

Score by quarters:

Halifax 8 12 8 14 42

WCA 13 8 11 12 44

Lady Warriors win opener 61-60

WENDELL — The Hunt High varsity girls basket- ball team held off a late rally from host East Wake on Wednesday night to capture a 61-60 victory

in the season opener for both teams.

Hunt of the 3-A Big East Conference was led by the 22 points of senior Bria Grif th. Classmate Imani Sutton had 13, with the returning Brianna Tucker, a senior, bucket- ing eight points.

The Lady Warriors, back-to-back defending Big East champions, led 50-42 entering the fourth quarter and converted 17 of 66 shots for just 26% accuracy.

Hunt offset that strug- gle by getting to the line 37 times, making 23 of them. Grif th was 11 for 15, while Tucker went 6 for 8 from the foul line

The Lady Warriors face their second straight namesake Friday night, visiting the Warriors of Eastern Wayne.

HUNT (61)

Griffith 22, McNeil 6, Smith 3, Mercer, Haley, Tucker 8, Sauls 6, McNair, Sutton 13, Lucas 3.

EAST WAKE (60)

Graham 6, Razor 4, Ricks 4, Miles, Taybron 5, Carmon 18, Pulley 2, Gupton 4, Manley 2.

Score by quarters:

Hunt 15 20 15 11 — 61 

EastWake 14 12 16 18 — 60 

WRESTLING

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.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Wilson Christian notches first win

A stout defensive effort in the second half lifted the Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team to its first 2019-20 victory against two losses by a 58-44 margin against visiting Halifax Academy on Thursday night.

The Chargers of head coach Kevin Zander limited Halifax to 16 second-half points. 

WCA entered the third quarter clinging to a 29-28 margin.

“Our pressure turned up the heat and we started to get some turnovers,” Zander reported. “Despite many missed shots, our boys showed a lot of heart challenging for rebounds and working hard on defense. There was a lot of contribution to the little things tonight which proved to get us the win.”

Sophomore Deston Melvin paced Wilson Christian with 13 points, while senior Harrison Parker scored 10 and Matthew Wood nine. Seth Thompson handed out nine assists, while Wood pulled down eight rebounds. 

Harrison Parker added four steals.

Zander commended Wood’s aggressiveness and Thompson and Harrison Parker for stepping up as team captains.

The only Halifax player to score in double figures was Thomas Garrett with 14 points.

The Chargers will be at home again Friday night against New Life Storm of Raleigh.

HALIFAX ACADEMY (44)

Merritt 5, Grant 2, Garrett 14, Stroud 2, Boyner 7, Harris 7, Woodall 4.

WILSON CHRISTIAN (58)

Melvin 13, Ortiz 5, Mills 7, Thompson 5, H. Parker 10, S. Parker 7, Provo 2, Wood 9. 

Score by quarters:

Halifax Academy 17 11 8 8 44

WCA 13 16 15 14 58

JUNIOR VARSITY

Wilson Christian shellacks Halifax

The host Wilson Christian Academy girls basketball team upped its record to 2-1 with a 53-17 rout of Halifax Academy on Thursday.

Spearheading the Lady Chargers were Ellen Watson with 12 pointrs and Hailey Carnes with eight.

Wilson Christian’s next test comes on Dec. 2 against Rocky Mount Academy.

Fike gets better of Rampants 34-14

GREENVILLE — Nevaeh Wilder had 10   points in leading the Fike High girls basketball team to a convincing 34-14 win over host J.H. Rose on Thursday.

Makayla Williams had eight points for the Lady Golden Demons, while Mesha Strickland added seven.

Fike is off until Dec. 3 when it visits North Pitt.

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