AREA ROUNDUP: Bruins rally past North Pitt, 65-53, in EPC opener

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BETHEL — The visiting Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team climbed from an 8-0 hole to start the game to overcome North Pitt 65-53 in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opener for both teams Friday night.

The Bruins, by the end of the first quarter, owned a 16-12 margin and pushed the advantage to 36-25 at halftime and to 51-36 after three quarters.

“That was our goal,” said head coach Joe Dvozenja of Beddingfield’s 1-0 conference start. “We really turned it on in the second quarter. We really played well. We started doing a good job of sharing the ball. We are looking to put some good stuff together.”

The Bruins emerged with their fourth win against seven losses overall. They break from conference play to host 1-A Tarboro on Monday.

Junior Andrew Gattis and sophomore Lamont Speight each drilled in 17 points for the Bruins, while sophomore Michael Best canned 14.

North Pitt’s Naz Staton poured in a game-high 21 points, while Matt Council knocked down 16.



Huggins 6, Brantley 6, Best 14, Speight 17, J. Best 5, Gattis 17, Grant.


Payton 2, Staton 21, Hunter 7, T. Harris 2, Coffey 1, J. Harris 2, Council 16, A. Harris 2.


Score by quarters:

Beddingfield 16 20 15 14 65

North Pitt 12 13 11 17 53

Tomlin, Whitaker spark WPA romp

Seniors Righteous Tomlin and Tyronne Whitaker combined for 54 points and 22 rebounds to spearhead the rampaging Wilson Prep Academy varsity boys basketball team to a 95-79 victory against visiting Raleigh Home School on Friday night.

Tomlin drilled in 28 points and Whitaker fired in 26. Each senior grabbed 11 rebounds.

Complementing the pair were senior point guard Cody Taylor with 14 points and senior Denardrick Gray with 10. The Tigers wound up with 46 rebounds — including nine from sophomore Nasir Blackston and seven from senior Jalen Artis. Whitaker managed three assists and three steals.

Wilson Prep bolted to a 27-10 lead after one quarter and played Raleigh even the final three quarters.

The Tigers hiked their record to 10-3.



Scoring not available


Whitaker 26, Gray 10, Taylor 14, Adams 2, Tomlin 28, Blackston 8, Artis 3, Sanders 4.


Score by quarters:

Raleigh 10 21 22 26 79

Wilson Prep 27 20 18 30 95

Chargers hold off Faith Christian 65-53

Senior Zach Hunter and junior Harrison Parker had key 3-point shots, and the rest of the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team added solid free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter to send the Chargers to a 65-53 victory over Faith Christian of Ramseur on Friday night.

Wilson Christian of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East ranks moved to 6-9 overall in winning its third game in its last four tries.

Leading 33-24 at the half, the Chargers saw their lead trimmed to one by the fourth quarter. There, Parker and Hunter led the way in the fourth, with Hunter pouring in 20 points. Parker had 14, while a third player, senior Brice Murray, added 12.

“We started strong with a fast-paced defense to give us a good lead at the half,” Wilson Christian head coach Kevin Zander said. “Faith did a great job in the third quarter to adjust and make it a bit uncomfortable for us after the third quarter.”

WCA returns to conference play Tuesday, visiting Greenville Christian.



Smith 3, Edmisten 4, Brunson 12, Reeder 15, Cassell 7, Langley 10, Cox, Ocheltree 2.


Murray 12, Dehart 6, Parker 14, Hunter 20, Denmark 2, Blalock 4, Thompson 4, Paul, Frieden, Melvin 1, Peacock 2.


Score by quarters:

Faith Chr. 8 16 17 12 53

Wilson Chr. 19 14 9 23 65

Jones’ buzzer-beater gives Warriors win

ROCKY MOUNT — Freshman Davon Jones’ layup at the final buzzer allowed his Hunt High varsity boys basketball team to escape with a thrilling 69-67 victory on the floor of 3-A Big East Conference foe Rocky Mount on Friday night.

The Gryphons tied the score with less than five seconds but, Warriors head coach Dwight Taylor said, started to celebrate a bit prematurely.

Junior forward Shaquille Wade alertly grabbed the ball and fired a long pass to Jones, who was streaking downcourt. A Rocky Mount player tipped it but Jones caught it around the 3-point line and glided in for the winning basket as time expired.

“This one here is really good because at this point we couldn’t afford to go down 0-2 (in conference),” Taylor said. “I’m glad we pulled it out. It shouldn’t have been as tight as it was. ... After they scored, I’m glad we had the urgency and the ability to throw the ball long.”

The win boosted the Warriors’ overall record to 9-4 and 1-1 in Big East play after losing by three-points at Northern Nash in Tuesday’s league opener. The Gryphons, playing their conference opener, fell to 10-3.

Senior Malcolm Coley led a quintet of Warriors in double figures with 14 points while ShaKei Hines and Zion May had 13 points each. Jones and Tiquez Taylor each scored 10 points for Hunt, which will host Southern Nash on Tuesday.

Ta’vaughn Parker’s 13 points led the Gryphons, who are the guests of Fike on Tuesday.


hunt (69)

Wade 6, Coley 14, Taylor 10, Hines 13, Clay 3, Jones 10, May 13.


Gray 9, Miller 2, Knight 11, Joyner 4, Parker 13, Harrison 4, Dunston 6, Cherry 2, Silver 4, Dupree 12.


Score by quarters:

Hunt 20 12 14 23 69

Rocky Mount 14 15 19 19 67

Balanced Knights topple Friendship 74-61

RALEIGH — Five players netted double figures in scoring for the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team Friday night as the Knights remained unbeaten in the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference with a 74-61 win at Friendship Christian on Friday.

Greenfield (17-4) was paced by junior guard Dji Bailey, who had 18 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds. Four other juniors —Jacari Outlaw (14), Creighton Lebo (14), Jordan Lynch (11) and Collin Guilford (10) also contributed to the balanced scoresheet.

The Knights led 44-28 at the half and 52-42 entering the fourth quarter. With a game Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex against Northern Guilford, Greenfield substituted liberally. 

Greenfield’s defense forced 24 turnovers from Friendship.

Tylan Green’s 22 points led all scorers for the Falcons (8-3, 1-2 CPIC).



Pittman 4, Bailey 18, Guilford 10, Outlaw 14, Lebo 14, Lynch 11, Baker 2, Holland 1, Foster, Sessoms.


Martin 12, Huskey 3, Gunter 2, Haufler 5, Green 22, Lucas 17.


Score by quarters:

Greenfield 20 24 8 22 74

Friendship Chr. 12 16 16 17 61



Everette shines in Beddingfield setback

BETHEL — Makayla Everette, a 6-foot-2 junior, responded with one of her best performances of the season, but it was not enough to lift the Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team to a conference-opening victory Friday night.

Host North Pitt prevailed 48-31 in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opener for both teams. The Lady Bruins slipped to 1-10 overall and play at home against 1-A Tarboro on Monday night.

Everette, praised by head coach Debra Pegram, fired in 22 points, claimed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots. Pegram noted she was frequently double- and triple-teamed.

“We played better as the game progressed,” Pegram said. “We competed and I see glimmers of them getting better. It’s a work in progress.”

The Lady Bruins, however, were unable to overcome the 15-4 deficit after the opening quarter.



Cooper 3, Sherrod 1, Best 5, Everette 22, Anderson, Fuller, Thomas, Pope, Farmer.


Maye 11, Pettaway 5, Watson 8, Newton 4, Hines 19, Williams 8, Blackwell, Crawford.


Score by quarters:

Beddingfield 4 13 8 6 31

North Pitt 15 14 10 9 48

Lady Demons top Franklinton 56-49

FRANKLINTON — The Fike High varsity girls basketball team concluded the first week of 3-A Big East Conference play with a spotless ledger, using 22 points from senior Jah’asia Pernell to lead the way to a 56-49 victory over Franklinton on Friday night.

Senior Ashleigh Sage came within two points of a triple-double, bucketing eight points and pulling down 14 rebounds. The Red Rams’ insistence on driving the basketball was met with 10 blocks from Sage.

Junior point guard Brikayla Whitaker had 12 points.

“After the Southern Nash game, we were focused on keeping momentum,” Fike head coach Jeff Nelson said.

Franklinton (9-4) was led by Amber Rushing’s 11 points.

Fike is home to Rocky Mount on Tuesday.


FIKE (56)

Harris 4, Whitaker 12, Williams 2, Lucas 8, Pernell 22, Sage 8, Ortiz, Everete, Lamm.


Dohnert 4, Seward 10, Wilkins 7, Smith 8, Rushing 11, Cornell 9.


Score by quarters:

Fike 14 11 16 15 56

Franklinton 8 12 13 16 49 

Lady Warriors zap Rocky Mount, 58-21

ROCKY MOUNT — The visiting Hunt High varsity girls basketball team rebounded from a catastrophic conference-opening loss at Northern Nash on Tuesday to level Rocky Mount 58-21 in 3-A Big East Conference action Friday night.

The Lady Warriors, who have played at home only twice this season, evened their conference record at 1-1 and improved to 10-3 overall. Rocky Mount dropped to 0-1 and 12-4, respectively.

Head coach Tiffany Parks said the Lady Gryphons were unable to handle Hunt’s full-court pressure. She added that Hunt’s dominant work on the defensive backboards led to a lethal transition game.

The Lady Warriors also improved at the foul line, sinking 11-of-19 chances after going 9-of-26 against Northern Nash.

Bria Griffith, a 6-foot junior who did not start, outscored the Rocky Mount team with 22 points, hitting 6-of-8 free throws. She also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Senior Tatiana Smith, sidelined with an injury against Northern Nash, returned and netted 10 points. Ariyana Carlton, a 6-foot freshman, pulled down nine rebounds.

The Lady Warriors continue conference play at home against Southern Nash on Tuesday.

“We are so ready to play at home,” Parks assured.


HUNT (58)

Griffith 22, McNeil 2, Tucker 7, Rushing 6, Carlton 2, Norris 1, Spells 2, Smith 10, Sutton 6.


Bullock 4, Williams 1, Moore 2,Wiggins 3, Hicks, Pittman  2, Young, Morris 9.


Score by quarters:

Hunt 16 11 20 11 58

Rocky Mount 6 7 2 6 21

10-0 start propels Greenfield victory

RALEIGH — The visiting Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team jumped to a 10-0 start and proceeded to a 35-14 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference victory against league newcomer Friendship Christian on Friday night.

Junior Kaelyn Wall outscored Friendship with 18 points to lead the Lady Knights to their third consecutive win. Seventh-grader Serenity McNair tossed in nine points. The Lady Knights were without the services of starting junior Caroline Stone because of sickness.

“Defense won the game for us,” commented Greenfield head coach Bruce Wall.

Greenfield climbed to 3-0 in the conference and to 8-3 against all foes. The Lady Knights continue conference play in Greenville on Tuesday against Pope John Paul III.



McNair 9, Wall 18, Holland 4, Hassan 4, Godwin, Parker, Williams.


Darby 2, Chamoff 6, Lawley 4, Hughes 2, Willis, Beaumont.


Score by quarters:

Greenfield 10 15 8 2 35

Friendship 2 2 2 8 14

Hartsfield’s career outing sparks WCA

Junior guard Ashley Hartsfield poured in a career-high 24 points to lead the host Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team to a 48-34 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A inter-region victory against Faith Christian of Ramseur on Friday night.

Hartsfield drained 6-of-12 shots from 3-point range in leading the East Region Lady Chargers to their 11th win against four losses.

WCA turned up the defensive intensity at the outset of the second half. Leading 20-16 at intermission, head coach Brian Trull’s squad outscored Faith 19-5 in the third quarter — when Hartsfield hit a trio of 3-pointers and scored 13 points.

The Lady Chargers dominated the rebounding 47-20 behind 10 recoveries each from seniors Christy Jones and McKenna Griffin.

Three players accounted for all of the points for Faith of the West Region. Sarah McLanahan tossed in 14, Kayla Langley 11 and Taylor Brady nine.

WCA faces an East Region assignment at Greenville Christian on Tuesday.



McLanahan 14, Brady 9, Langley 11, Blakely, Stout.


Carnes 4, Hartsfield 24, Vick 5, Reams 2, Jones 3, Gossett6, Griffin 4, Reece, Tant, Petty, Parks.


Score by quarters:

Faith Christian 5 11 5 13 34

WCA 12 8 19 9 48



Community Christian posts 45-21 victory

Behind 15 points from Abigail Jackson and 10 from Lillie Lyndon, the Community Christian School girls basketball team seized a 45-21 victory against Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf gym Friday.

The Lady Cyclones of coach Shannon Jefferson also got six points each from Sa’Jae Neal, Scotti Williams and Lexi Gardner.