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WILMINGTON — A stout performance was not rewarded with a victory, but head coach Brian Trull contends his Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team is headed in the right direction following a 53-43 loss to host Cape Fear Academy of the North Carolina Indpendent Schools Athletic Association 3-A ranks Thursday night.
The Lady Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A division dropped to 10-6 going into Friday night’s home test against East Region foe Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina.
Trailing 28-17 at halftime, WCA drew as close as four points and owned possession of the basketball with two minutes remaining.
However, the Lady Chargers failed to connect on a 3-point try. In transition, Cape Fear converted a three-point play and pulled away.
“We went against a bigger school and gave ourselves a chance to win at the end,” Trull proudly said. “This was a good game; we really played well. We stepped up tonight. I feel like we are headed in the right direction heading back into conference play.”
Senior Olivia Vick triggered the Lady Chargers offense with 17 points, while freshman Kate Hoskins bucketed 10 and senior Ashley Hartsfield nine.
Trull lauded the defensive play of Madison Carnes, who claimed 10 rebounds and recorded three steals.
Chloe Kernan, who announced her commitment to an NCAA Division II school in St. Louis earlier in the week, paced Cape Fear with 22 points. Kate Rubow netted 11.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (43)
Vick 17, Hoskins 10, Hartsfield 9, Tant 3, Carnes 4, Barnes, Parker, Nesbit, Willard.
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY (53)
Kernan 22 Rubow 11, Washington 6, Crvevakic 6, M. Mills 4, D. Mills 2, Cavanaugh 2.
Score by quarters:
WCA 9 8 13 13 — 43
Cape Fear 13 15 8 17 — 53
Lady Falcons start well but lose 53-38
PIKEVILLE — After an encouraging first quarter, fortunes faded for the host Charles B. Aycock High varsity girls basketball team against 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference rival Greenville Rose on Wednesday.
The Lady Rampants emerged with a 53-38 victory that left CBA at 1-3 in the ECC and 8-6 overall. Both teams are 3-A league members.
The Lady Golden Falcons owned a 13-12 edge after the first quarter. But, by intermission, Rose had rallied to a 23-21 margin and outscored CBA 30-17 in the second half.
Leading CBA was junior Abbey Thomas with 16 points. Juniors Kaitlyn Smith and Kaitlyn Smith each netted nine.
GREENVILLE ROSE (53)
Scoring information not available
CHARLES B. AYCOCK (38)
Smith 9, Thomas 16, Spruill 4, Parrish 9.
Score by quarters:
Greenville Rose 12 11 18 12 — 53
C.B. Aycock 13 8 10 7 — 38
Tough 3rd quarter sends CBA reeling
PIKEVILLE — A turnaround third quarter sent the host Charles B. Aycock High varsity boys basketball team reeling to a 71-61 loss Wednesday night in a clash of 3-A members of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
The Golden Falcons slid to 2-2 in the ECC and to 8-6 against all foes.
CBA succeeded in surging from a 13-12 deficit after one quarter to a 34-29 halftime advantage. However, the Rampants seized the lead for keeps by outscoring CBA 23-11 in the third quarter.
Connecting on four shots from 3-point range, senior Charles Walker drilled in 25 points for the Falcons. Senior Alijuan Moore added 10 points. CBA knocked down seven shots from 3-point range.
For Rose, Aaron Murphy matched Walker’s 25 points and Alkevion Waller poured in 20. Murphy hit 10-of-11 shots from the floor.
GREENVILLE ROSE (71)
Waller 20, Murphy 25, Fields 7.
CHARLES B. AYCOCK (61)
Peronzini 4, T. Reid 4, Moore 10, Walker 25, Poindexter 7, Lewis 2, B. Reid 5, Williams 4.
Score by quarters:
Greenville Rose 13 16 23 19 — 71
C.B. Aycock 12 22 11 16 — 61