AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Chargers’ comeback attempt thwarted at Neuse Christian

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RALEIGH — Despite falling behind by 18 points at halftime, the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team battled back Tuesday night on the road at Neuse Christian, but couldn’t cut the margin below six points in a 42-32 defeat.

It was the first loss in six games for the Lady Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East region ranks, while Neuse Christian, members of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A Mid-Carolina Conference, won its season opener.

Down 24-6 at the half, Wilson Christian had a chance to cut the margin to four at 34-30 with 2:30 to play, but missed a layup and the subsequent putback. The Lady Lions grabbed the rebound, converted a layup and closed the contest on an 8-2 run.

Wilson Christian, which was outpaced in free-throw attempts by a 22-10 margin, was influenced by the presence of 6-foot-4 post Izabel Verajao, who has committed to the University of Michigan. Verajao finished with 15 points, with Nathalia Nascimento chipping in 11. WCA outpaced Neuse in the second half 26-18.

“That was a part of the difference,” Wilson Christian head coach Brian Trull said of Verajao. “Her height in the middle disrupted what we did.”

While Trull was pleased with his team’s defensive work on Verajao, her presence contributed to the Lady Chargers missing 10 point-blank shots under the basket.

No WCA player reached double figures, with senior forward McKenna Griffin leading the way with nine points. Senior Caitlyn Barnes and junior Ashley Hartsfield each had seven, with sophomore Lea Gossett chipping in six.

WCA hosts the New Life Storm on Friday.



Griffin 9, Barnes 7, Hartsfield 7, Gossett 6, Jones 2, Vick 1, Reams, Tant, Carnes.


Verajao 15, Nascinento 13, Giammarino 9, Safira 4, Groff 1.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Christian 4 2 13 13 32

Neuse Christian 10 14 12 6 42

Lady Tigers rout NW Halifax 62-29

LITTLETON — The Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity girls basketball team outpaced host Northwest Halifax in every quarter Tuesday to pull away for a 62-29 victory.

Wilson Prep, now 5-1 overall, connected on 25 of 37 shots for 68-percent accuracy.

Eighth grader Destiny Ainstead torched the nets for 30 points, making 10 of 12 shots from the field and sinking all nine of her free throws. Junior Trinity Mobley had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Jadore Lucas-Barnes, a senior, finished a point shy of a double-double with nine points and collected a team-high 14 rebounds. Wilson Prep generated 19 steals.

The Lady Tigers led 30-12 at the half and extended the lead to 52-24 entering the fourth quarter.

Northwest Halifax, a member of the 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference, dropped to 0-2.

Wilson Prep hosts Fayetteville Village Christian on Thursday.



Mobley 17, Watkins 2, Robinson 2, Waddell 2, Lucas-Barnes 9, Ainstead 30.


No scorers available.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 11 19 22 10 62

NW Halifax 3 9 12 5 29



Firebirds tip off with win at WJ

BENSON — Southern Nash tipped off its varsity boys basketball season with a 70-52 nonconference victory at West Johnston on Tuesday.

Armando Dellavalle led the 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds’ balanced scoring attack with 15 points while Chason Royal netted 14 points and Kasean Rambert had 10 points. A.J. Jones and Jackson Vick each added nine points.

The 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Wildcats dropped to 0-2.

Southern Nash will host Beddingfield on Wednesday.

Tigers drop scorefest at NW Halifax

LITTLETON — Despite 30-point games from seniors Tyrone Whitaker and Righteous Tomlin, the Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys basketball team could not hold onto a halftime lead Tuesday in dropping a back-and-forth 100-95 decision at Northwest Halifax.

Wilson Prep, in falling to 3-2 overall, added 12 points from senior Jalen Artis. The Tigers led 41-37 at halftime and stared at a 67-67 tie after three quarters.

The Tigers knocked down 10 shots from behind the 3-point line, with Whitaker and Tomlin hitting three each. Wilson Prep finished 11 for 17 from the line, while Tomlin collected a double-double with 10 rebounds. Whitaker pulled down seven boards.

Northwest Halifax, a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A Tar-Roanoke Conference, climbed to 2-0.

Wilson Prep hosts Fayetteville Village Christian on Thursday night.



Whitaker 30, Gray 8, Taylor 5, McTaggart 1, Tomlin 30, Artis 12, Sanders 9.


No scorers available.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 21 20 26 28 95

NW Halifax 15 22 30 33 100

Demons pull away from Chargers

AYDEN — With the aid of its second unit, the Fike High varsity boys basketball team pulled even with host Ayden-Grifton before the start of the fourth quarter and then separated from the free-throw line over the final eight minutes to remain undefeated with an 80-68 victory on Monday night.

Fike of the 3-A Big East Conference, now unbeaten through three games, turned to its second wave of five players trailing by six in the third period. The quintet responded, forging a 49-49 tie after three quarters. From there, Fike’s proficiency at the foul line took over, with the Golden Demons making 17 of 23 free throws in the fourth.

The Demons made more free throws (29) than the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Chargers attempted (13) and outpointed Ayden-Grifton from the line by a plus-22 margin. Fike launched 41 free throws, compared to just 13 for the Chargers, who lost their season opener.

Four players finished in double figures for Fike, led by the 21 points of senior Elijahwon Cooper. Moses Parker, a junior, had 17 points with senior Jeffrey Dickerson notching 13. Senior Jaylen Ward had 10.

Jordan Atkinson’s 19 points led Ayden-Grifton.

Fike faces off with another Pitt County opponent Wednesday night when it hosts North Pitt.


FIKE (80)

Ward 10, T. Atkinson 3, Evans 9, Cooper 21, Dickerson 13, K. Atkinson 3, Wilder 2, Phelps 2, Parker 17.


Richardson 14, Gunter 3, Hudson 2, Tufts 12, Brown 3, Atkinson 19, Wright 3, Harris 12.


Score by quarters:

Fike 13 17 19 31 80

Ayden-Grifton 14 19 16 19 68



CBA sweeps home tri-match

PIKEVILLE — Struggling at the outset in both of its matches, the Charles B. Aycock High wrestling team responded with convincing runs at home to walk away with a tri-match sweep of Franklinton and North Lenoir on Tuesday night.

The Golden Falcons engineered a 22-0 close to knock off the Red Rams 44-33 before scoring 47 unanswered points to dismiss North Lenoir, 47-33.

With CBA (7-2), a 3-A member of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, down 33-22 against the 3-A Big East Conference Red Rams, the Golden Falcons finished the match with a trio of pins and a three-point sudden victory from sophomore Mickhael Reser. Reser prevailed in sudden victory to close CBA within 33-25 before consecutive pins from sophomore Kevin Dickenson, senior Alex Soroka and senior Colby Perry finished off the Red Rams.

Versus North Lenoir, CBA claimed the final eight matches to complete the comebacks and remain unbeaten at home through three matches.

Dickenson, Soroka and Perry and Reser were four of the seven CBA wrestlers that went 2-0 along with junior Tyler Hughes, junior Canon Barrett and sophomore Johnathan Parks.

Hughes collected his ninth win without a loss as Perry reached the 7-0 plateau.

“This was a very good night for our team,” CBA head coach Brian Doyle said. “We went out and simply competed in every match,win or lose.  Both Mark (assistant head coach Bass) and I were proud of their effort.  It has carried over from the practice room and it’s a great sign this early in the season.”

The Falcons will compete in the Grant Wilder Memorial tournament Saturday at Rocky Mount High.



Chargers win pair on road

The freshman tandem of Matthew Wood and Channon Atkinson led the Wilson Christian boys basketball team to victories in consecutive days, including a 50-41 overtime win at Rocky Mount Academy on Tuesday and a 51-38 conquest of Rocky Mount Faith Christian on Monday.

Versus RMA, the Chargers (3-4) were led by Wood’s 18 points and 17 from Atkinson. Monday’s win over Faith Christian was highlighted by 13 from Atkinson and 10 additional points by Wood.

The Chargers return home to face New Life Storm on Friday.

Hunt wins opener 44-23

TARBORO — Freshman Madelyn Ellis led the way with 12 points to boost the Hunt High girls basketball team to a 44-23 win at Tarboro on Tuesday. Sophomore Aaliyah Harris added nine points for the Lady Warriors. Freshman Katlynn McNair and sophomore Jayden Sauls had seven points.

The Lady Warriors, winless last season, led 22-11 at halftime behind a “team effort” on defense, according to head coach Carl Lee.

Hunt hosts Bunn on Thursday afternoon.

Lady Chargers clip RMA 29-21

The Wilson Christian girls basketball team improved to 6-2 with a 29-21 road win at Rocky Mount Academy on Tuesday.

Kate Hoskins had six points for Wilson Christian, with Hailey Carnes adding four.

WCA hosts the New Life Storm on Friday.

Knights reach 7-0, defeat DASH

Behind the double-double of Nathan Woodard, the Greenfield School boys basketball team raised to record to 7-0 with a 70-65 victory over DASH United.

Woodard piled in 16 points and 10 rebounds as one of four Knights in double figures. Justin Holland led Greenfield with 21 points and five rebounds, with K.J. Peten adding 14 points and five boards.

Frankie Peele had 10 points.

For DASH, Jacob Dienes had 21 points as Johnathan Weeks added 15.

Greenfield hosts the Raleigh Hawks on Friday.

CCS foiled by Lawrence 21-11

Abigail Jackson had five points and Lily Lyndon had four, but the Community Christian School girls basketball team couldn’t get past Lawrence Academy on Monday afternoon in a 21-11 loss at Barney Williamson Gym on the campus of Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.

CCS, now 1-2, travels to Winterville Christ Covenant on Thursday.