AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Bruins survive late scare at Tarboro

From staff reports
Posted 1/8/20

TARBORO — Makayla Everette’s double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds led the Beddingfield varsity girls basketball team to a 50-47 victory over Tarboro of the 1-A Coastal Plains …

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AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Bruins survive late scare at Tarboro

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TARBORO — Makayla Everette’s double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds led the Beddingfield varsity girls basketball team to a 50-47 victory over Tarboro of the 1-A Coastal Plains Conference on Wednesday night on the road.

In the final game of nonconference play, the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Bruins (8-3) ran toward victory by a balanced attack, with a game-high 18 points coming in the second quarter.

Beddingfield entered halftime with a double-digit lead, which was narrowed significantly into the fourth quarter, when the Lady Bruins held on by just seven points that quarter to enter 2-A Eastern Plains Conference play on a high note.

Freshman Daneesha Briggs scored 12 points and freshman Regi Pender added 10 points.

Beddingfield will host North Pitt in the EPC opener for both teams Friday.


Beddingfield (50)

Anderson 2, Pender 10, Sherrod 3, Briggs 12, Thompson 4, Everett 19.

Tarboro (47)

Rountree 2, J. Guilford 7, N. Guilford 5, Brake 12, McNeill 2, Jones 15, Coleman 4.


Score by quarters:

Beddingfield 13 18 12 7 — 50

Tarboro 6 15 11 15 — 47

Lady Cougars dominate fourth quarter

PINETOPS — The story of the game for the SouthWest Edgecombe varsity girls basketball team, head coach Sandra Langley said, was that the team picked up the tempo in the second half in a 55-51 nonconference win over Washington on Wednesday evening.

“The way we pulled together in the fourth quarter said something about our team,” Langley reported.

The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Cougars, who improved to 8-2, found themselves in a tight game through the first half but took control of the destiny of the contest in the final quarter, holding the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Pam Pack’s leading scorer, Reagan Ruther, with 18 points, scoreless to finish out the game.

During that crucial quarter, Langley said freshman guard Jer’lisah Pridgen “picked it up,” leading the Lady Cougars to close out the victory and finishing the game with seven points.

For the game, SouthWest’s leading scorer was senior Bailey Davis with 13 points, followed by Natyshasai McKinney with 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Jada Battle pitched in 10 points and four assists, while Alonee Smallwood added 10 points, four assists and three steals.

Washington (2-10)

The Lady Cougars will host 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opponent Nash Central on Friday.


Washington (51)

Ruther 18, Warren 12, Smith 8, Paszt 5, Holscher 3, Whitley 3, Kim 2. 

SouthWest Edgecombe (55)

Davis 13, McKinney 12, Battle 10, Smallwood 10, Pridgen 7, Dunn 3.


Score by quarters:

SWE 13 16 15 11 — 55

Washington 18 9 17 7 — 51


Late free throws sink Huggins, Beddingfield

TARBORO — In a 69-67 loss to Tarboro on Wednesday night, the Beddingfield boys basketball team fell victim to a pair of free throws that closed out the nonconference win for the 1-A Coastal Plains Conference Vikings (6-2).

In a tie at 67-all with seconds remaining, the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Bruins (4-6) had the ball, but coughed up a turnover when they were met by the Vikings’ trap near Beddingfield’s basket. With five seconds left, Tarboro’s Jordan Williams drove the length of the court with the ball and was fouled.

Williams, who finished with just seven points, came up with the most crucial two points of the game to secure a loss for Beddingfield when it mattered. In the loss, 6-foot-5 senior Avery Huggins finished just one block shy of a triple-double for the Bruins, scoring 24 points, bringing down 17 rebounds and blocking nine shots.

Junior Raekwon Batts scored 20 points for the Bruins while senior Nathan Coley added 12 points.

Beddingfield will host its Eastern Plains opener Friday at home against North Pitt.


Beddingfield (67)

Huggins 24, Highsmith 4, Williams 2, Hutcherson 2, Harris 3, Batts 20, Coley 12.

Tarboro (69)

Black 22, Johnson 6, Petteway 9, Thomas 5, Johnson 4, Massenburg 13, Farmer 3, Williams 7.


Score by quarters:

Beddingfield 20 14 17 16 — 67

Tarboro 12 15 20 22 — 69

Cougars exact revenge on Washington

PINETOPS — The SouthWest Edgecombe boys basketball exacted its revenge on Washington in a 63-56 nonconference victory on Wednesday night, beating the Pam Pack at home after falling to the team earlier this season.

“It was good to come back and get them,” SWE head coach Shelton Langley said.

The Cougars, who trailed at halftime but rallied in the second half to take over, were led in scoring by a pair of 15-point performances from Dorian Ruffin and Zay Mayo. Senior Keishon Porter added 11 points for the Cougars (7-2).

Senior Rashod Smith fired in a game-high 22 points for the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Pam Pack, which also got 15 points from junior Omarion Blount.

SouthWest will begin 2-A Eastern Plains Conference play Friday against Nash Central at home.


Washington (56)

Smith 22, Blount 15, Moore 7, Bryant 7, Powell 5.

SouthWest Edgecombe (63)

Ruffin 15, Mayo 15, Porter 11, Sledge 8, Wright 6, Hinton 5, Seabreeze 2, Wooten 1.


Score by quarters:

Washington 16 9 15 16 — 56

SWE 13 7 19 24 — 63