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Taking the floor as defending North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champion, the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team outpaced the visiting Raleigh Hawks from the opening tip and collected a 76-38 victory in its season opener Tuesday night.
Greenfield, a member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, was 11 of 24 from 3-point territory and placed four scorers in double figures. Senior Collin Guilford had 15 points and handed out six assists, while senior Creighton Lebo had 14 points. A third senior, Jordan Lynch, had 12 and heralded eighth grader Hampton Evans added 12 points in his first Greenfield contest.
The Knights led 21-6 after one quarter and 45-21 at the half.
“We shot the ball solid,” Greenfield head coach Rob Salter said. “We sped them up and made good decisions — we were excited and ready to get on the floor.”
Senior Trey Pittman added nine points for Greenfield.
Landon Nall’s 17 points for the Hawks led all scorers.
Greenfield takes a sizable step up in competition Friday at Raleigh Ravenscroft, where it will face Concord Cannon in the Phenom Showcase. Concord will have sophomore point guard Jaden Bradley at its disposal, the No. 8-ranked player and top point guard in the Class of 2022 by ESPN.com. Bradley has gained the attention of a number of ACC and SEC schools.
RALEIGH HAWKS (38)
Chavis 2, Mack 3, McGrath 6, Nall 17, J. Woodard 7, C. Woodard 3.
Lebo 14, Lynch 12, Guilford 15, Pittman 9, Bailey 6, Holland 5, Evans 12, Woodard 1, Sessoms 2, Watts, Sherrod.
Score by quarters:
Raleigh Hawks 6 15 8 9 — 38
Greenfield 21 24 22 9 — 76
DASH starts 2-0, defeats Goldsboro
ROCKY MOUNT — The Downeast Association of Sports for Home Schoolers (DASH) varsity boys basketball team continued to fare well with a 57-44 victory against visiting Goldsboro Heat on Tuesday night.
Coming off a season-opening triumph against the Chatham County Thunder last Friday, DASH, with Tuesday night’s win, climbed into first place in the North Carolina Home Educators Athletic Conference’s Eastern Region at 2-0.
The Heat bolted to a 19-6 lead after one quarter but DASH outscored its guest 51-25 the rest of the way.
Sparking DASH were Jonathan Weeks with 20 points and E.J. Skinner with 15. Goldsboro’s Hayden Portella drilled in a game-high 24 points.
The next test for DASH comes Friday night at Wilson Christian.
SN’s Small, Jimenez run at state meet
KERNERSVILLE — A pair of Southern Nash runners participated in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A Cross-Country Championships at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex on Saturday.
Shamir Small represented the Firebirds in the boys race, while Jadiza Jimenez competed in the girls race packed with top talent from around the state. Jimenez finished 98th with a time of 21 minutes, 18 seconds. North Iredell’s Jonna Strange paced the race with a state championship-winning time of 17:57.
Small took 185th place in the boys competition with a time of 19:28, while Watauga’s Avery Cannon blazed through for first place at 15:39.
The two Southern Nash runners were the only ones from the Times readership area to qualify for the state meet in any classification.
NJ season ended by East Bladen
KENLY — A 2-0 halftime deficit was too much to overcome as the North Johnston boys soccer team fell 5-2 to East Bladen in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs on Saturday night.
North Johnston scored two goals in the second half, but were outscored once again as the Eagles scored three more goals to advance. The first goal was scored by Andrew Stancil to narrow the deficit to 2-1 after the half.
The final goal was scored by senior Scott Sellers in the waning minutes, when the Eagles were already done scoring and had victory in hand.
The loss brought an end to the Panthers’ (17-6-2) season after they won 12 games in a row, including a 10-0 run in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference season that captured the team a conference title.
Lady Chargers thump Patriots
The Wilson Christian girls basketball team lifted the curtain on its 2019-20 season Tuesday night with a 31-9 rout of Faith Christian of Rocky Mount.
Sophomore Hailey Carnes had eight points, with eighth grader Gracie Farmer adding seven.
WCA plays host to DASH United on Friday.
Knights blitz Hawks 77-52
A trio of freshmen — C.J. Alson, Matt Kirby and Bryson Wall — paced the Greenfield School boys basketball team Tuesday night in a 77-52 win over the Raleigh Hawks.
C.J. Alston led the Knights with 16 points as one of three freshmen in double figures. Matt Kirby and Bryson Wall each tossed in 13 points.
Greenfield plays host to Wilson Christian on Monday.