AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Bruins claim OT classic at SW Edgecombe, 66-59

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Posted 1/25/20

PINETOPS — While Beddingfield and SouthWest Edgecombe have waged some memorable varsity girls basketball battles over the years, Lady Bruins head coach Debra Pegram appreciates the difficulty …

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AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Bruins claim OT classic at SW Edgecombe, 66-59

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PINETOPS — While Beddingfield and SouthWest Edgecombe have waged some memorable varsity girls basketball battles over the years, Lady Bruins head coach Debra Pegram appreciates the difficulty of winning in the gym named for her counterpart, Sandra Shelton Langley, the state’s all-time girls basketball coaching wins leader with 784.

Instead of No. 785 on Friday, Langley got career loss 340 as the Lady Bruins pulled out a 66-59 overtime thriller. The win was Beddingfield’s third in four 2-A Eastern Plains Conference outings, matching their highest total from any of the last five seasons. The Lady Bruins improved to 12-4 overall while Pegram saw her own record go to 435-250.

Lady Bruins 6-foot-4 senior center Makayla Everette, who has committed to North Carolina A&T State University, had another monster night, scoring 33 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. Everette also blocked five shots. She was complemented once again by fabulous freshman guard Daneesha Briggs with 19 points, seven assists and three steals. Senior A’Aniyah Sherrod provided 11 rebounds and nine points.

Pegram said that a key to the win was her team’s accuracy at the foul line, especially in overtime. The Lady Bruins sunk 5 of 7 from the line to pull away in the extra period. For the game, Beddingfield shot 70% (14 of 20) from the free-throw line.

Freshman guard Jer’lisah Pridgen had the hot hand for the Lady Cougars as she poured in a career-high 29 points. Junior point guard Jada Battle added 18 points for SouthWest, which dropped to 10-6 overall and 1-3 in EPC play after losing back-to-back games for the first time all season.

The Lady Bruins host first-place and league unbeaten Farmville Central on Tuesday before welcoming North Johnston on Friday. SouthWest welcomes Tarboro for a nonconference matchup Saturday before resuming EPC action with a game at North Johnston on Tuesday and at home against North Pitt on Friday.



Anderson 3, Sherrod 9, Briggs 19, Best 2, Everette 33.


Davis 2, Battle 18, Smallwood 6, A. McKinney 4, Pridgen 29.


Score by quarters:

Beddingfield 11 20 12 12 11 — 66

SWE 12 13 18 12 4 — 59

Thompson triggers WPA past SE Halifax

Wilson Prep started its second turn through the 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference varsity girls basketball Friday with a 49-37 win at home over Southeast Halifax.

Freshman forward Keyonna Thompson had a career-high 22 points as part of a double-double for the Lady Tigers, who improved to 10-5 overall and 5-4 in Tar Roanoke play. Thompson had 13 rebounds and a steal while senior Trinity Mobley also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to go with three assists and three steals. Senior Dymya Robinson added 10 points and five rebounds for Wilson Prep.

De’Naija Bryant’s 22 points led the Lady Trojans (3-14, 3-6 TRC).

Wilson Prep will visit league-leading Weldon on Tuesday.



N. Whitaker 7, Heckstall 5, Bryant 22, Davis 3, Parker, Hill, Manley, Bynum, Caudle.


Mobley 12, Robinson 10, Thompson 22, Poole 5, Warren, Ziegler, Poole, Jalal.


Score by quarters:

SE Halifax 9 8 12 8 — 37

Wilson Prep 10 15 10 14 — 49

Lady Chargers stay unbeaten in region

WILMINGTON — Wilmington Christian didn’t score until the second half but by then, Wilson Christian was off and running to its sixth win without a loss in North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A varsity girls basketball East Region play. The Lady Chargers led 18-0 after the first quarter and 26-0 at halftime as they won 36-13 to raise their overall record to 14-8.

The Lady Patriots tumbled to 1-15.

Senior Madison Carnes led a balanced Wilson Christian scoring effort with eight points while Kayla Tant had seven points. Kate Hoskins pulled down and six rebounds while senior Olivia Vick doled out four assists.

Lady Chargers head coach Brian Trull said that his team was able to capitalize on 27 turnovers by Wilmington Christian.

Wilson Christian will visit DASH United home school team Tuesday at the gym in First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.



Carnes 8, Tant 7, Hartsfield 5, Parker 4, Nesbit 4, Gossett 4, Hoskins 3, Provo 1.


Myles 5, Bielaski 4, Davis 2, Rickard 2.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Christian 18 8 9 1 — 36

Wilmington Chr. 0 0 8 5 — 13

Lady Knights surge past Wayne Christian

After letting Wayne Christian sneak back into Friday’s varsity girls basketball game at Greenfield, the Lady Knights snatched control in the fourth quarter to pull out a 37-30 victory.

Greenfield, which improved to 13-7 overall and 4-2 in 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference play, outscored Wayne Christian 12-4 in the final period. Eighth grader Serenity McNair dropped in a game-high 22 points for Greenfield while Jeallen Holland added seven points.

Sophomore Brianna Verme’s 13 points paced the Lady Eagles (10-8, 1-6 CPIC).

Greenfield will host second-place Friendship Christian of Raleigh as conference action continues Tuesday.



Butts 2, Wells 2, B. Verme 13, Jackson 5, Harrelson 4, H. Verme 4.


Holland 7, Stroh 3, McNair 22, Wall 5


Score by quarters:

Wayne Christian 8 4 14 4 — 30

Greenfield 16 3 6 12 — 37

Ladybirds get 3rd Big East win

FRANKLINTON — Southern Nash continued its best varsity girls basketball season in more than a decade with a come-from-behind 41-33 victory at 3-A Big East Conference opponent Franklinton on Friday night.

The Ladybirds, now 3-2 in league games, improved to 7-7 overall. Southern Nash hasn’t won more than two conference games ever in Big East play and the last time the Ladybirds had a winning conference record was in 2007-08 in the 3-A NEW 6 Conference.

Franklinton fell to 10-6 overall and 1-3 in Big East action.

Junior guard Brooke Lucas led the Ladybirds, who will host Fike on Tuesday, with 12 points while freshman guard Jermia Walker had 10 points and senior Tristian Foster added nine points.



Whitley 3, Smith 3, Walker 10, Hargrove 3, Foster 9, Lucas 12, Williams 1.


No scoring information available.


Score by quarters:

Southern Nash 6 12 10 13 — 41

Franklinton 10 11 4 8 — 33


Cycs reel off 5th straight win

The reversal of fortune for the Community Christian varsity boys basketball team continued Friday with the Cyclones winning their fifth in a row with a 66-52 triumph against visiting Kerr-Vance Academy at the Peace Church gym.

Senior Jimmy Forte poured in 27 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds for the 1-A Cyclones, now 9-14 overall and 6-3 in 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference play. It was just the second loss in nine conference games for the 1-A Spartans, 10-8 overall.

Andrew Gattis had 16 points and seven rebound for CCS while Christian McFarland netted 12 points. Ladon Beamon contributed six points and six rebounds and Mike Piccolo had five points and six rebounds.

The Cyclones will celebrate Senior Night on Monday against Ridgecroft of Ahoskie in the gym at Sallie B. Howard School.

Tigers tear up SE Halifax, 73-34

A solid defensive effort and a balanced one on offense helped the host Wilson Prep varsity boys basketball team cruise to a 73-34 conquest of Southeast Halifax in Friday night’s 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference action.

It was the fifth straight win for the Tigers, who raised their record to 12-5 overall and 6-2 in conference games.

“Great team effort by my team tonight,” said Tigers first-year head coach Anthony Atkinson Jr. “Very proud of the defense we played and how unselfish we played tonight.”

Junior Nasiar Blackston led the Tigers with 13 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and four steals while 6-foot-9 junior Eric Wynn posted 12 points and six rebounds. Eleven Tigers entered the scoring column, including junior Omarreyon Johnson with 10 points and five steals.

JeZavion Moody’s game-high 23 points led the Trojans (2-14, 1-7 TRC).

Wilson Prep will have its chance for revenge this week against the only two Tar Roanoke teams to beat the Tigers so far as they play at Weldon on Tuesday and entertain Northwest Halifax on Friday. Wilson Prep is tied with Northwest Halifax for second place behind North Edgecombe.



Je. Moody 23, Evans 8, Ja. Moody 3.


Blackston 13, Land 9, O. Johnson 10, Taft 4, Williams 3, Farmer 5, Bryant 1, Wynn 12, Parker 3, Smith 2, Bullock.


Score by quarters:

SE Halifax 2 14 5 13 — 34

Wilson Prep 23 30 13 7 — 73

Knights drill Wayne Christian 95-61

Behind 68 points in the first half, the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball remained perfect in 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference play with a 95-61 conquest of Wayne Christian on Friday at the Knights’ gym.

Greenfield, ranked No. 2 among North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A teams by Maxpreps.com, rose to 24-4 overall and 6-0 in CPIC play. The Eagles dropped to 8-10 and 2-5, respectively.

“We were playing really unselfish basketball in the first half,” Knights head coach Rob Salter said. “I told the guys that I really enjoyed watching them.”

Greenfield drained 15-of-28 3-point attempts for 53.6% accuracy on the game but the Knights were simply scorching in the first half, hitting 12 of 16 (75%).

Senior Dji Bailey, who scored his 1,000th career point in Greenfield’s victory over The Burlington School on Saturday at the MLK Classic at Kinston High, led the Knights with 16 points while classmate Jordan Lynch had 15 points. Junior Justin Holland dropped in a season-high 14 points off the bench while seniors Collin Guilford (13), Creighton Lebo (11) and Trey Pittman (10) also hit double figures.

Jay Curry’s 20 points led the Eagles.

Greenfield will observe Senior Night on Tuesday against Friendship Christian of Raleigh before heading to Fayetteville on Thursday for a showdown against NCISAA 1-A No. 1-ranked Trinity Christian.



Curry 20, Ashford 3, Boston 13, Herring 6, Brenner 2, Wallace 5, Wade 12.


Lebo 11, Guilford 13, Lynch 15, Bailey 16, Pittman 10, Peten 4, Holland 14, Woodard 3, Sessoms, Alston 3, Watts 6.


Score by quarters:

Wayne Christian 15 20 9 17 — 61

Greenfield 34 34 19 8 — 95

Porter leads SWE past Bruins 74-68

PINETOPS — With senior Keishon Porter finding his rhythm in the second half, the SouthWest Edgecombe varsity boys basketball overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to deal Beddingfield a 74-68 2-A Eastern Plains Conference loss at SWE’s Sandra Shelton Langley Gymnasium.

Porter, the Cougars’ 6-foot-5 senior guard who has signed with Radford University, scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half as the Cougars outscored the Bruins 49-28 after halftime. The win was SouthWest’s third in four EPC outings, putting the Cougars, 13-3 overall, in second place in the EPC. The Bruins exited 8-8 and 2-2.

Beddingfield bolted in front as senior guard Nathan Coley went crazy from outside, bombing in five 3-pointers in the first half. The Cougars tried to answer in kind but couldn’t match the Bruins’ accuracy as Beddingfield surged to a 24-14 lead after one quarter.

“I thought we had a good game plan in place and in the first half, it was effective,” Bruins head coach Jeremy Howard said. “We kind of packed it in and we were holding them to one shot from the perimeter.”

But that would change.

“Credit goes to them for hitting the shots in the second half they didn’t hit in the first half,” Howard said of the Cougars, who pulled away late in the game.

While Porter had the hot hand in the second half, senior guard Dorian Ruffin emerged the game’s high scorer with 26 points.

Coley scored just four points in the second half and finished with 19 while high-flying senior Avery Huggins led Beddingfield with 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and four blocks.

The Bruins play twice at home next week — Tuesday against Farmville Central, No. 1 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A rankings by Maxpreps.com, and Friday versus North Johnston, which won the first meeting this season in Kenly. The Cougars visit North Johnston on Tuesday and host last-place North Pitt on Friday.

While acknowledging Farmville Central’s dominance, Howard said the other five teams are evenly matched.

“Our league, even though the records don’t indicate it, is kind of balanced,” he said. “I told the guys coming in that (the Cougars) were ranked ninth in 2-A on Maxpreps and we were ranked 65th.”



Highsmith 3, Hutcherson 2, Harris 15, Batts 4, Coley 19, Edwards 2, Huggins 23.


Porter 22, Ruffin 26, Mayo 7, Wilkins 4, Sledge 8, Wright 7.


Score by quarters:

Beddingfield 24 16 11 17 — 68

SWE 14 11 27 22 — 74

Firebirds foul at the line in loss

FRANKLINTON — A 9-of-14 showing (64.3%) from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter helped host Franklinton hold on for a 56-52 varsity boys basketball win Friday night against Southern Nash.

It was the sixth straight loss for the Firebirds, who made just 5-of-15 foul shots (33.3%) dropped to 4-9 overall and 0-5 in 3-A Big East Conference play. The Red Rams evened their league mark to 2-2 and exited 5-13 overall.

Senior Chason Royal was the only double-digit scorer for the Firebirds, finishing with 21 points.

Southern Nash will host Fike on Tuesday.



Rambert 3, Allen 5, Jones 6, Bailey 4, Tabron 4, Parker 5, Royal 21, Vick 4.


No scoring information available.


Score by quarters:

Southern Nash 11 7 23 11 — 52

Franklinton 13 16 14 13 — 56

Cyclones deck Lee Christian

SANFORD — After several losing streaks this season, the Community Christian varsity boys basketball team suddenly has a winning streak. The Cyclones posted their season-best fourth straight win Thursday with a 72-55 conquest of host Lee Christian in a nonconference affair.

Senior Jimmy Forte led the way again for the Cyclones, now 8-14, with 33 points while junior Andrew Gattis knocked down five 3-pointers on his way to 17 points and seven rebounds.

Landon Beamon collected eight points and eight rebounds while seniors Mike Piccolo and Christian McFarland each scored seven points.


Fike goes 3-0 at Senior Night quad

The Fike High wrestling team celebrated its Senior Night in a multi-team match Thursday night as the Golden Demons won all three of their dual-team matches.

Fike now 27-4 avenged a season-opening loss to D.H. Conley with a 40-24 defeat of the 3-A Vikings of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference. The Demons downed 2-A Eastern Plains Conference member North Pitt 71-9 and stopped 1-A Carolina Conference’s Rosewood by a 47-24 count.

Senior Aaron Bancroft remained unbeaten on the season with three victories, all by fall at 170 pounds. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A champion at 160 pounds last year, Bancroft improved to 38-0 on the season. Meanwhile, Garrett Weaver won both of his matches, including a 15-2 major decision against Conley’s Michael McNeill. The Demons senior, who missed several matches with an injury, rose to 18-3. Fike’s other seniors, Jahmez Settles and Saul Martinez, went 2-1 at 106 pounds and 1-2 at 220 pounds, respectively.

Juniors Vincent Page and Jayleen Bullock, along with freshman Barrett Klutey and sophomore DeSaun Avent joined Bancroft in going 3-0.

Page, now 23-5, collected three pins at 160 pounds to improve to 23-5 while Bullock, now 35-3, won by technical fall, forfeit and fall at 195 pounds.

Klutey (31-14) registered a pair of pins and a forfeit victory at 120 pounds and Avent (22-15), in the heavyweight division, claimed a pair of decisions and a forfeit.

Fike, originally set to appear in a tournament at Riverside Martin on Saturday in Williamston, will compete in West Johnston’s Wildcat Invitational on Saturday.

Panthers go 1-2 at Fike

North Johnston finished 1-2 at Thursday’s quad wrestling match at Fike High as the Panthers defeated 2-A Eastern Plains Conference rival North Pitt 36-30 but lost to D.H. Conley and Rosewood.

Picking up wins by fall against North Pitt were Ethan Braswell at 160 pounds and Nathaniel Watters at 120 pounds. North Johnston claimed three forfeit wins while also picking up points in three double-forfeit matches.

Freshman Michael Linko went 2-1, earning a win by fall and one by major decision at 126 pounds for North Johnston, which was without standout senior Justin Richardson.


Chargers reel off 9th straight win

WILMINGTON — Behind 12 points from Will Hoskins and nine points from Hunter Lewis, the Wilson Christian boys basketball team won its ninth straight game Friday, a 42-26 verdict at Wilmington Christian.

The Chargers, now 13-7 overall, will be the guest of DASH United home school team Tuesday at the First Baptist Church gym in Rocky Mount.