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AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Chargers claim third in Christmas Classic with rout of Bethel

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Less than 18 hours after a miserable shooting performance, the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team returned to the court Saturday morning and salvaged third place in the annual Charger Christmas Classic with a 49-16 win over Kinston Bethel Christian.

The Lady Chargers (7-3) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East region ranks jumped out to a 21-4 lead after one quarter and extended the margin to 31-5 at halftime. Wilson Christian did not place a player in double figures, however, all 12 players scored. Only nine turnovers were committed by a judicious Wilson Christian offense.

“We couldn’t get back on the court quick enough,” assistant coach Mitch Hayes said following Friday’s loss to Alamance Christian.

Junior Kayla Tant and senior McKenna Griffin each had seven points for the balanced Lady Chargers. Senior post Grace Reams, who had 14 rebounds, was named to the all-tournament team.

WCA remains home Tuesday to face Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian.

BETHEL CHR. (16)

Sutton 7, Harrell 3, Cannon 1, Dilda 2, Fulcher 3

WILSON CHR. (49)

Reece 1, Barnes 2, Carnes 6, Tant 7, Petty 2, Hartsfield 3, Vick 4, Reams 2, Parker 5, Jones 4, Gossett 6, Griffin 7.

Score by quarters:

Bethel Chr. 4 1 2 9 16

Wilson Chr. 21 10 9 9 49

Lady Cyclones fall at St. Thomas More

RALEIGH — The visiting Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team managed just one point in the first half in dropping a 37-12 Coastal Independents Conference encounter to St. Thomas More on Friday

The Raleigh team forged a 14-1 lead after one quarter and neither team scored in the second quarter.

For the Lady Cyclones, Makayla Webb scored four points, Alexis Langley and Abby Lenhart three each and Cheyenne Gardner a pair.

Gardner led with five rebounds, while Langley claimed four and Webb three.

BOYS BASKETBALL

WCA boys topple Sheets Memorial

The Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team shook off a slow start to salvage third place in the annual Charger Christmas Classic with a 62-56 triumph against Sheets Memorial of Lexington on Saturday afternoon.

The Chargers notched their third win against seven losses, while Sheets Memorial fell to 2-5.

Wilson Christian is scheduled to return to North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region action Tuesday at home against Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina.

In Saturday’s consolation tilt, WCA faced a 10-6 deficit after the opening quarter. But first-year head coach Kevin Zander’s Chargers closed the deficit to 27-25 at halftime and, by the end of the third quarter, had forged a 41-36 advantage.

Solid work at the foul line kept WCA out front the final quarter.

“Another slow start but increased attention to detail kept this game close,” Zander said. “A big third quarter set the stage. We played a full game the way we planned. We hit foul shots when we needed to and worked as a team the entire game.”

Senior Brice Murray, an all-tournament selection, paced the Chargers with a game-high 22 points. Senior Zach Hunter dropped in 16 points, while senior Aaron Dehart netted nine points and grabbed nine rebounds. Sophomore Seth Thompson chipped in with seven points and seven rebounds.

Leading the Eagles were junior Caleb Livengood with 21 points, senior Ethan Ferebee with 12, and senior Jacob Beauchamp and junior Jake Papale with 10 each.

SHEETS MEMORIAL (56)

Livengood 21, Ferebee 12, Beauchamp 10, Papale 10, Biggerstaff 1, Hearn 2.

WILSON CHRISTIAN (62)

Murray 22, Dehart 9, Parker 6, Hunter 16, Thompson 7, Paul 2.

Score by quarters:

Sheets Memorial 10 17 9 20 56

Wilson Christian 6 19 16 21 62

INDOOR TRACK

CBA competes at W-S Kickoff event

GREENSBORO — Senior Keontai Taylor had a top-10 showing in the 55-meter hurdles to highlight Charles B. Aycock High indoor track performances at Saturday’s Winston-Salem High School Kickoff at JDL Fast Track.

Taylor traversed the 55-meter distancein a time of 8.33 while also running in the 500-meter dash. Davis Carroll, a senior was 18th in the 1,000-meter run and just missed the top 10 in the 1,600, putting down a new personal record of 4:56.25.

Other personal bests were set by junior Michael Slocum in the 500 (1:17) as well as junior Marquard Fedderson in the long jump (18 feet, 9 inches) and the triple jump (37-6.5).

Among invited sophomores, Matthew Hammonds and Jamar Best had new personal standards in the 55-meter dash. Hammonds clocked in at 7.14, with Best finishing in 7.18. Hammonds ran the 300 in 40.36, another personal record.

“This invitational gave us an opportunity to see potential state championship competition,” CBA coach Joseph Otellio said. “Considering our athletes were competing against competitors of that caliber, I believe we had a successful experience. New personal records and exposure was our main goal today. We are very appreciative that the administrators of the JDL FastTrack allowed us the opportunity to compete. It is evident that we have a young indoor program; however, we also believe this does show we are growing and producing athletes that can compete with the best.” 

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