AREA ROUNDUP: Forte, Gattis trigger Cyclones’ win at RMA

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ROCKY MOUNT — Community Christian won for the second time in three varsity boys basketball games with a 72-50 outcome Monday at Rocky Mount Academy.

Senior Jimmy Forte had 28 points and eight assists for the Cyclones, who improved to 5-14. Andrew Gattis had 20 points and six rebounds while Mike Piccolo added 11 points. Landon Beamon contributed eight points and seven rebounds for the Cyclones, who will visit The Oakwood School in Greenville on Tuesday.

Porter guides SWE past Tarboro

TARBORO — Senior Keishon Porter had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds to spark his SouthWest Edgecombe varsity boys basketball team to a 63-60 triumph Saturday at county rival Tarboro.

Porter, who surpassed the 900-point plateau for his Cougars career, added five steals and five assists as SouthWest Edgecombe of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference improved to 9-2. The 1-A Coastal Plains Conference Vikings who led 52-51 after three quarters, dropped to 7-3.

Junior Jaquan Wilkins added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Cougars, who will visit North Lenoir in another nonconference outing Tuesday before going to North Pitt for an EPC encounter Friday.



Porter 19, Ruffin 7, Mayo 6, Wooten 2, Hinton 2, Seabreeze 3, Wilkins 14, Sledge 8, Wright 2.


No individual scoring information available.


Score by quarters:

SWE 18 18 15 12 — 63

Tarboro 14 20 18 8 — 60


Second quarter hampers CCS

A sluggish second quarter fueled by the application of pressure defense against it spelled trouble for the Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team Monday in a 47-32 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference to Rocky Mount Academy.

The Lady Cyclones (3-10, 1-5 CIC), a 1-A member of the split league, trailed 10-7 after one quarter but found itself down 25-9 once halftime arrived.

“They pressed us a little bit,” CCS head coach Kenneth Atkinson said.

Without the services of junior Alexis Langley due to illness, junior Logan Vaughan led the Lady Cyclones with 14 points and four blocks. Junior Olivia Walker had 11.

Senior Cheyenne Walker, working her way back from an ankle injury, returned to the lineup but was reinjured in the tumultuous second quarter.

Rocky Mount Academy improed to 11-3 overall and 8-1 in CIC play. Mackenzie Davis led the Eagles with 17 points. Deborah Hall Kitchen had 14.


CCS (32)

Vaughn 14, Walker 11, Webb 4, Gardner 3, Lee, Lenhart, Lyndon.

RMA (47)

Kitchen 14, Kitchin 4, McCall 4, Bryant 8, Davis 17.


Score by quarters:

CCS 7 2 11 12 — 32

RMA 10 15 11 11 — 47

Greenfield doubles up Ridgecroft 34-17

After struggling to get the ball in the basket in the opening half, the Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team turned to dribble penetration and a decisive rebounding edge to earn a 34-17 nonconference win over Ridgecroft on Monday night.

Greenfield (11-5), a 1-A member of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, held just a 12-7 lead at halftime. But behind the drives of Jeallen Holland, the Lady Knights marched to the free-throw line in the second half.

“We couldn’t get the ball in the basket the first half,” Greenfield head coach Bruce Wall said. “But Jeallen got to the free-throw line, and we beat them on the glass in the second half.”

Serenity McNair, also pivotal to Greenfield’s second-half surge, led the way with 10 points. Kaelyn Wall had nine and Holland had seven.

Greenfield returns to CPIC play Tuesday on the road at Greenville Pope John Paul II.



Spencer 2, Rose 1, Brown 2, Lane 2, Woodard 4, Joyner 2, Grace 2, Taylor 2.


Holland 7, McNair 10, Wall 9, Stroh 4, Williams 2, Parker 2, Deans, Godwin, Worrell, Suggs.


Score by quarters:

Ridgecroft 4 3 4 6 — 17

Greenfield 8 4 10 12 — 34

Lady Cyclones net first Coastal win

NEW BERN — A 9-4 advantage in the opening quarter boosted the visiting Community Christian school varsity girls basketball team to its first 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference victory of the season by a 28-22 margin against Epiphany on Friday night.

The Lady Cyclones of head coach Kenneth Atkinson improved to 1-4 in the conference and to 3-8 in all games.

Junior Olivia Walker sparked the CCS offense with a game-high 14 points. Senior Michaelya Lee grabbed 11 rebounds and come up with five steals. Alexis Langley, a 6-foot-2 junior, claimed nine rebounds and 6-1 seventh grader Lilly Lyndon added eight rebounds.

Atkinson said strong rebounding helped the Lady Cyclones survive a 4-for-18 performance at the foul line.



Walker 14, Lee 4, Langley  3, Vaughan 2, Jackson 2, Gardner 2, Webb 1.


Potter 9, Oliver 7, Litchfield 3, Weatherly 3.


Score by quarters:

CCS 9 7 5 7 — 28

Epiphany 4 9 3 6 — 22


Southern Nash takes 2nd in Firebird Duals

STANHOPE — Southern Nash took second at its Firebird Duals wrestling tournament Saturday, going 4-1 and losing in the championship match to Rosewood 48-36.

The Firebirds defeated Richlands, Rocky Mount, North East Carolina Prep and Northern Nash.

Winning all five of their matches on the day for Southern Nash were Jose Rodriguez, Luke Coble and Jadel Davis while Tristan Rosa went 4-0 and Terrence Raspberry was 3-0.

The Firebirds will visit North Johnston on Tuesday.


Lady Knights beat Ridgecroft

Darcy Dean had 14 points and Avery Williams added 10 to lead the Greenfield School girls basketball team to a 31-19 win over Ridgecroft on Monday.

Greenfield hosts archrival Wayne County Day on Friday.

Lady Chargers thump Hilltop

Three players notched double figures in scoring as the Wilson Christian girls basketball team rolled to a 42-20 victory over Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian on Friday night.

Sophomore Hailey Carnes and eighth grader Gracie Farmer each had 11 points for Wilson Christian (11-1), with sophomore Ellen Watson adding 10.

Hoskins fires WCA past Hilltop

Will Hoskins led the way for the Wilson Christian boys basketball team Friday, pumping in 26 points as the Chargers defeated Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian by a 53-44 score.

CCS wins on Abrams’ late shot

ROCKY MOUNT — A late steal by Abigail Jackson led to a last-second shot by Ashley Abrams to send the Community Christian girls basketball team to a dramatic 26-24 win Monday at Rocky Mount Academy.

It was the only basket of the game for Abrams as the Lady Cyclones won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Olivia Kelly led CCS with 15 points while Jackson scored five points and along with the assist on Abrams’ game-winner.

CCS rallies past Epiphany 22-18

NEW BERN — The visiting Community Christian School girls basketball team rallied from a 15-10 halftime deficit to overcome Epiphany, 22-18, on Friday evening.

Olivia Kelly sparked CCS (8-1) with 10 points, while Ashley Abrams scored seven.