AREA ROUNDUP: Firebirds blister Rams, 70-51

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STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team regained its shooting stroke from long range Wednesday night, placing three scorers in double figures and making eight 3-point shots to pull away for a 70-51 victory over Cleveland on Wednesday night.

Southern Nash (9-6) of the 3-A Big East Conference limited the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Rams (6-7) to 22 points in the second and third quarters combined in helping to build its lead.

Sophomore Chason Royal led the Firebirds with 15 points, with junior Chris Allen chipping in 13. Jackson Vick, a freshman, tallied 10 points.

Southern Nash is back in Big East play Friday, traveling to Rocky Mount.



No scorers available.


Rambert 4, A. Allen 6, C. Allen 13, Jones 6, Parker 6, Royal 15, Dellavalle 3, Barnes 2, Vick 10, Da. Edmundson 5.

Golden Demons grab Big East top spot

The host Fike High varsity boys team assumed possession of the 3-A Big East Conference lead with a back-and-forth 64-58 conquest of Rocky Mount on Tuesday night.

The Golden Demons improved to 3-0 in the conference and to 12-4 overall. Northern Nash, which did not play Tuesday night, is also unbeaten in the conference at 2-0.

Fike visits Northern Nash on Friday night. The Knights also play Thursday against conference foe Franklinton.

The Demons won the battle of attrition against Rocky Mount, now 0-2 in the Big East. Three Gryphons’ inside performers fouled out in the final quarter.

Fike also lost 6-foot-4 junior Moses Parker via the foul route with some three minutes remaining, but head coach Brent Secrest said 6-1 freshman Devonte Thomas and Zy’ree Wilder stepped in capably in Parker’s absence. Parker wound up with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Senior Elijahwon Cooper fired in 15 points for Fike, while senior Jaylen Ward netted 11. Thomas provided nine points and eight rebounds.

Secrest said the Gryphons (10-4) hurt Fike inside in the early going, but added the Demons capitalized after Rocky Mount post players encountered foul troubles.

The Demons’ biggest lead was six points, while Rocky Mount’s largest margin was eight. The fourth quarter see-sawed until Fike managed a working margin in the closing minutes.

“We are playing well enough to win,” Secrest noted, “which is what you’ve got to do this time of the year. We know that every game in the conference is going to be a tough game. Whoever can hold their composure at the end of the game is probably going to come out on top.”



Gray 4, Knight 2, Parker 12, Harrison 8, J. Ward 7, Dunston 1, B. Ward 8, Silver 10, Dupree 6.

FIKE (64)

Ward 11, Atkinson 4, Cooper 15, Wilder 7, Lee 2, Thomas 9, Parker 16.


Score by quarters:

Rocky Mount 12 16 17 18 58

Fike 14 15 16 19 64 64

Wilson Prep win streak crushed

FAYETTEVILLE — The Wilson Prep Academy boys varsity basketball team saw its win streak snapped at seven games on the road Tuesday night as New Life Christian Academy prevailed 85-60.

A 24-9 run in the second quarter produced a 44-22 halftime deficit for the Tigers (10-4) of the Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Tiangle Conference. 

Senior Righteous Tomlin poured in 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Wilson Prep. Senior Tyronne Whitaker added 16 points to the losing effort.

The Tigers will look to rebound against Bull City Prep at home on Saturday afternoon at 1.



Tomlin 20, Whitaker 16, Blackston 8, McTaggart 5, Sanders 4, Artis 3, Miller 3, Gray 1


Scoring not available.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 13 9 23 15 60

New Life Christian 20 24 21 20 85



Lady Tigers win streak up to 14

FAYETTEVILLE — The Wilson Prep Academy girls varsity basketball team won its 14th straight game by defeating New Life Christian Academy, 59-6, on the road Tuesday night.

The Lady Tigers (14-1) of the Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Triangle Conference were led by the tandem of Trinity Mobley and Jadore Lucas-Barnes. Mobley’s four-game streak of triple-doubles was broken, but she finished with 27 points, 11 steals, seven assists and a rebound. Lucas-Barnes put in 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and six steals.

The Lady Tigers will return to the floor Wednesday night at home versus Cape Fear Academy at 5:30.



Mobley 27, Lucas-Barnes 16, Bass 3, Edwards 3, Watkins 6, Waddell 2, Warren 2.


No scoring available.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 19 18 16 6 59

New Life Christian 0 4 0 2 6

Patriots too much for Lady Cyclones

ROCKY MOUNT — The Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team had no answers for host Faith Christian in the 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference match as the Lady Cyclones lost 47-20 Tuesday night.

The Lady Cyclones (5-11, 1-4 CIC) fell behind 12-1 in the first quarter as they went on to lose their third straight.

Sophomore Alexis Langley led CCS with six points, eight rebounds and 10 blocks. Junior Michaeyla Lee grabbed nine rebounds to go with four points and two blocks. 

The Lady Cyclones will be in action Thursday night against conference foe Oakwood at Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.



Langley 6, Lee 4, Walker 5, Webb 5

Faith Christian (47)

No stats available.


Score by quarters:

CCS 1 5 5 9 20

Faith Christian 12 9 12 14 47

Ladybirds’ comeback bid denied, 28-25

STANHOPE — A fourth-quarter comeback bid fell short and the host Southern Nash varsity girls basketball team dropped a 28-25 nonconference decision to Cleveland of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference on Wednesday night.

The Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference dropped to 4-11, while Cleveland won for just the second time in 13 games.

Leading 10-8 at halftime, Southern Nash fell behind 18-12 after three quarters.

The Ladybirds got five points from Symia McClaston and four each from Shontell Nicholson, Tristian Foster and Krystal Taybron.


Score by quarters:

Cleveland 2 6 10 10 28

Southern Nash 6 4 2 13 25



Bullock’s 23 lifts WPA over Monarchs

Sophomore Devyn Bullock’s big night guided the Wilson Prep Academy boys basketball team to a 61-55 home win against New Life Christian on Tuesday night. 

The win was the 10th against four losses for the Tigers of the Carolina Athletic Association for the School of Choice. Bullock led his team with 23 points, 13 rebounds, five steals and three blocks. 

The Tigers’ Jashaun Taft and Majesty Felder tallied eight points each.

Offensive struggles linger for CCS

The Community Christian School girls basketball team lost 23-8 at Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Tuesday as Lexi Gardner scored six points, and suffered a 32-4 loss to visiting Rocky Mount Academy on Monday — when Lillie Lyndon had three points.