AREA CALENDAR: Both WCA teams fall in Charger Christmas Classic semis

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The Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team will have to wait another year to have a shot at winning its Chargers Christmas Classic for the first time.

In Friday night’s tournament semifinals, a horrible start sent the Chargers to a 74-50 defeat to Alamance Christian and the assignment of playing for third place Saturday.

For one of the few times, Wilson Christian will be without a representative in the finals as the result of the Lady Chargers also losing Friday night.

Alamance bolted to a 38-15 halftime advantage. The Chargers were only outscored 36-35 in the second half.

Only Brice Murray and Zach Hunter scored in double figures for WCA with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Alamance, in halting the Chargers’ modest win streak at two games, were led by Lee Stutts and Adam Rorcer with 21 points each.Micah Latour added 11 points.



Stutts 21 Cline 7, Funk 4, Latour 11, Johm Funk 8, Link 1, Rorcer 21.


Murray 15, Dehart 2, Parker 7, Thompson 6, Peacock 2, Blalock 6, Melvin 2. Hunter 10.


Score by quarters:

Alamance 20 18 14 22 74

WCA 5 10 18 17 50

5 in doubles as Greenfield wins

With five players scoring in double figures and its best rebounding performance of the season, the Greenfield varsity boys basketball team handled visiting Rocky Mount Prep 83-53 on Friday.

The Knights, now 8-2, pulled down 44 total rebounds with 19 coming off the offensive glass — both season highs. Jacari Outlaw, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, returned after missing the last two games with an injury to lead the Knights with 19 points while classmate Trey Pittman had 17 points and 15 rebounds.

“It was a just a really good team effort. We’re starting to get healthy,” said Greenfield head coach Rob Salter, whose team was still without junior guard Collin Guilford. “We’ve got to get Collin back but it was good to have Jacari back. He was attacking all night.”

Creighton Lebo scored 16 points and Jordan Lynch netted 14 while senior Bryson Baker had 10 points to go with five rebounds, five steals and four blocks.

Junior Dji Bailey, who is slowly rounding back into form after an injury, didn’t score but distributed 12 assists.

The Jaguars, who fell to 1-2, were led by Trevor Batchelor’s 17 points.

The Knights host Trinity Christian of Fayetteville on Monday in a rematch of last season’s North Carolina Independents Athletic Association 1-A championship game, won by the Crusaders.



Benton 16, Batchelor 17, Booth 2, Tillery 2, S. Tinsley 2, Dawkins 2, Moore 2, Bryant 2, Lewis 8.


Baker 10, Outlaw 19, Pittman 17, Lebo 18, Lynch 14, Foster 3, Sessoms 1, Peten 1, Bailey, Woodard.


Score by quarters:

Rocky Mount Prep 14 12 13 14 53

Greenfield 20 25 17 21 83

Cyclones decked at 3-point line in loss

RALEIGH — Despite the 33 points of junior Jimmy Forte, the Community Christian School varsity boys basketball team had no answer for the 3-point shot Friday night, as host Raleigh St. Thomas More blistered the nets for 17 shots from long range in a 76-69 CCS defeat.

CCS (4-4), in losing to its 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference opponent, led by three points at the half and carried a 53-53 tie into the fourth quareter. But the Cyclones were also stymied by 18 turnovers as the 3-point shots from St. Thomas More continued to drop.

Forte had eight steals for the Cyclones. Wynn, in continuing his stellar freshman season, had a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Freshman Eli Eger had 10 points as the third CCS player in double figures.

The Cyclones step out of conference Monday, facing host Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf at Barney Williamson Gym.


CCS (69)

Forte 33, Wynn 17, Eger 10, Moran 2, Lane 3, McFarland 2, Piccolo 2, Williams, Manning.


Najm 16, Baxley 18, Ligowski 22, Eastmann 2, Shamine 14, Puetzer 4.


Score by quarters:

CCS 21 14 18 1 69

St. Thomas More 13 19 21 23 76

Cougars thump SE Halifax 76-56

PINETOPS —The SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity boys basketball team gave head coach Shelton Langley a warm return to the sideline Friday night, placing four players in double figures en route to a 76-56 win over nonconference foe Southeast Halifax.

Junior Keishon Porter had 27 points for the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Cougars (2-1), who welcomed Langley back to the bench after missing the first two games due to health issues.

Senior Jayden Lewis had 12 points and junior Slate Hinton added 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Freshman point guard Zay ayo had 10.

SouthWest opened up a 38-29 lead at halftime.

Denazia Bryant led the 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference Trojans (0-3) with 20 points.

The Cougars return the trip to Southeast Halifax on Tuesday.



Myrick 11, Bryant 20, Pittman 7, Smith 6, Jones 8, Hendricks 2, Daniel 2.


Porter 27, Lewis 12, Hinton 11, Mayo 10, Collins 3, Ruffin 5, Jones 2, Wilkins 2,Richardson 2, Sledge 2, Seabreeze, Dunn, Gunter, Dickens.


Score by quarters:

SE Halifax 11 18 14 13 56

SW Edgecombe 18 20 16 22 76

Princeton outruns Panthers 87-68

PRINCETON — North Johnston couldn’t keep up with the fast-paced style of Princeton and the Panthers couldn’t hand the Bulldogs their first varsity boys basketball loss Friday, falling 87-68.

The 1-A Carolinas Conference Bulldogs, now 7-0, got off to what has been a customary fast start with 31 points in the first quarter and cruised from there.

It was the second loss in as many overall games for the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Panthers, with both defeats coming to Princeton.

Justin Vann tossed in 19 points as the scoring leader for North Johnston while Savon Foye added 15 points and Carsse Lucas chipped in 11.

Sophomore Jaheim Taylor’s 23 points paced Princeton, which also go 20 points from Nyshein Waller and 14 each from Colby Sullivan and Tyrese Joyner.

North Johnston will visit Lakewood on Tuesday.



Vann 19, Foye 15, Lucas 11, Rodrigues 11, Hinnant 4, Hicks 3, Pitts 2, Howell 2, York 1, Moore, Wallace.


Taylor 23, Waller 20, Sullivan 14, Joyner 14, Wilkins 6, Garris 4, Woodall 2, Farrior 2, Klein 2, Pearce, Phillips, Spellman, Gurganious.


Score by quarters:

North Johnston 16 21 7 24 68

Princeton 31 24 23 9 87



Lady Chargers stymied by Alamance

The championship games of the 2018 Charger Christmas Classic will not feature an entrant from Wilson Christian Academy.

Half of that equation was assured Friday night as a cold-shooting WCA varsity girls team struggled to get anything going in a two-point second quarter, setting the stage for a 38-26 loss.

Wilson Christian (6-3) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks will play in the consolation round Saturday morning at 10 a.m. against Kinston Bethel Christian.

“We shot abysmal,” WCA assistant coach Mitch Hayes said. “A lot of those shots, we ran our half-court offense and could not finish.”

WCA and Alamance were tied at 9 after one quarter, but a tepid second quarter left the Lady Chargers down 23-11 at the half.

Hayes estimated the Lady Chargers missed “15 to 20 layups” en route to a 7-for-36 showing from the floor.

“We told the girls if we could hold them to 30, we’d have a good chance to win,” Hayes said.

Senior Caitlyn Barnes, junior Ashley Hartsfield and senior McKenna Griffin all had six points for Wilson Christian. Christy Jones, a senior, led the way with nine rebounds.



Hai. Ingle 11, Fincannon 5, Lewis 2, Briggs 2, Han. Ingle 6, Varga 12.


Barnes 6, Carnes 4, Hartsfield 6, Gossett 4, Griffin 6, Tant, Vick, Reams, Jones.


Score by quarters:

Alamance Chr. 9 14 6 9 38

Wilson Chr. 9 2 7 8 26

Lady Knights get past RMP

Despite dwindling numbers as the game pressed on, the Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team generated key steals from junior guard Kaelyn Wall over the last six minutes to pull away for a 51-45 victory over Rocky Mount Prep on Friday.

Greenfield (4-2), a 1-A member of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, placed three scorers in double figures, led by the 19 of Wall. Serenity McNair, a seventh grader, had 16 points with senior Summer Hassan adding 10.

Hassan finished with a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds. Wall, who was moved to the point in the second half to jumpstart the Greenfield offense, added another double-double with 11 rebounds. She had four steals and three blocks.

Greenfield was still missing junior Caroline Stone due to illness and went down another player in the second half due to a musical commitment. On the other hand, Rocky Mount Prep dressed 14 players and kept the pressure on Greenfield.

“They’re finding a way with everything against them,” Greenfield head coach Bruce Wall marveled.

Greenfield built a 12-point lead, but saw the Lady Jaguars come back to tie in the fourth. That’s when Wall took over for easy baskets, pushing the lead back out over the final six minutes.

Eighth grader Jeallen Holland finished with six points and six assists.

Greenfield remains home Monday to face DASH United.



Dawson 26, Dickens 2, J. Whitaker 3, Washington 1, Lewis 6, M. Whitaker 5, Hymin 2.


McNair 16, Holland 6, Wall 19, Hassan 10, Parker, Williams.


Score by quarters:

Rocky Mount Prep 13 13 9 10 45

Greenfield 13 13 10 18 51

Lady Cyclones fall at St. Thomas More

RALEIGH — The visiting Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team managed just one point in the first half in dropping a 37-12 Coastal Independents Conference encounter to St. Thomas More on Friday

The Raleigh team forged a 14-1 lead after one quarter and neither team scored in the second quarter.

For the Lady Cyclones, Makayla Webb scored four points, Alexis Langley and Abby Lenhart three each and Cheyenne Gardner a pair.

Gardner led with five rebounds, while Langley claimed four and Webb three.

Princeton ends long skid vs. NJ

PRINCETON — It was many years in the making, but Princeton finally got over the hump and defeated cross-county varsity girls basketball rival North Johnston, 38-31 Friday night. 

The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Panthers (1-2), who hadn’t lost to the 1-A Carolina Conference Lady Bulldogs in 10 years, couldn’t get their shots to fall. North Johnston head coach Jay Poole, whose team defeated Princeton in its season opener at home last Friday, said he was happy with his Lady Panthers’ effort and defense, but knew that coming into the season, offense would be hard to come by. Poole said he just wants to see improvement game by game.

Jordyn Scott and Arial Pearce led the Lady Panthers in scoring with nine points each. Lindsey Massengill finished with eight points as well.

Princeton’s lone senior Tikiria Cummings stole the show by scoring 14 points. Meridith Wooten and Reanna Braswell both chipped in with nine and six points respectively as the Lady Bulldogs climbed to 3-4 with their second consecutive victory.



Scott 9, Pearce 9, Massengill 8, Hines 2, Jones 2, Narron 1, Barnes, Blue, Gachuz.


Cummings 14, Wooten 9, Braswell 6, Moore 5, Woodall 2, Klein 2.


Score by quarters:

North Johnston 2 10 9 10 31

Princeton 7 10 11 10 38

Lady Cougars 3-0, thump Lady Trojans

PINETOPS — Every player in the scorebook saw playing time Friday night as the SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity girls basketball team built a 30-point lead in the fourth quarter Friday night on the way to a 59-42 nonconference win over Southeast Halifax.

Sophomore point guard Jada Battle had 10 steals to go along with seven points and eight assists for the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Cougars, unbeaten through three games. Sophomore Kenasja Dunn led SouthWest with 17 points, with junior Bailey Davis adding 15. Sophomore center Alonee Smallwood had 10 rebounds.

Tanera Shields led all scorers with 19 points for Southeast Halifax (0-3) of the 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference.

The Lady Cougars visit Southeast Halifax for a rematch Tuesday.



Shields 19, Bryant 9, S. Davis 9, A. Davis 3, Nicholson 2.


Dunn 17, Davis 15, A. McKinney 10, J. Battle 7, Smallwood 4, Jenkins 2, Glass 2, Thigpen 2, N. McKinney, A. Battle, Wallace, Moore.


Score by quarters:

SE Halifax 4 3 19 16 42

SW Edgecombe 13 9 19 18 59



Cyclones drop close one in OT

The Community Christian School girls basketball team fell 26-23 in overtime to Wayne Christian on Thursday night inside Barney Williamson Gym on the campus of Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.

The Lady Cyclones were led in scoring by Lexi Gardner’s 13 points. Ashley Abrams and Abigail Jackson also contributed 4 and 3 points, respectively.

Lady Chargers fall at Raleigh Christian

RALEIGH — The Wilson Christian girls basketball team dropped a 34-25 decision on the road at Raleigh Christian on Thursday.

Sophia Nesbitt and Hailey Carnes each had eight points for WCA (7-3), which faces Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian on Tuesday.