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After playing at the preferred pace of guest Fayetteville Berean Baptist Academy in the opening quarter Monday, the Lady Chargers turned up the pressure on the opposition, notching 27 steals and pulling away for a 57-31 victory.
Observing Senior Night, Wilson Christian of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region ranks honored Caitlyn Barnes, Grace Reams, Christy Jones and McKenna Griffin.
Griffin led the way with 12 points, while Barnes had 11. Ashley Hartsfield, a junior, had nine points. Jones led the rebounding effort with nine boards.
After an 18-18 tie defined the opening quarter, the Lady Chargers (21-5, 8-0 region) intensified the pressure and wore down Berean (8-15, 3-5 region) the rest of the way.
“We challenged them to put pressure on their guards,” Wilson Christian assistant coach Mitch Hayes said. “It led to easy transition points. In the first quarter, we played at their pace. The second, third and fourth quarters, we played at ours.”
Already assured of the No. 1 seed from the East region, WCA hosts West power Alamance Christian on Tuesday in the final game before postseason.
BEREAN BAPTIST (31)
Hall 16, Johnson 11, Massey 2, Wright 2.
WILSON CHR. (56)
Barnes 11, Carnes 4, Tant 3, Hartsfield 9, Vick 2, Reams 2, Jones 4, Gossett 9, Griffin 12.
Score by quarters:
Berean Baptist 18 3 6 4 — 31
WCA 18 14 11 13 — 56
Ladybirds foiled by Red Rams 54-32
STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team found itself unable to pick up a 3-A Big East Conference regular-season victory Friday night following a 54-32 loss at Franklinton.
The Ladybirds, now 4-18 and winless in its 10 Big East contests, will take the No. 6 seed into next week’s conference tournament at Rocky Mount High.
Junior Rayna Bailey led Southern Nash with seven points, while senior Shontell Nicholson added six. Takayla Blackmon, a junior, had five points.
Franklinton elevated into a three-way tie for second place with Rocky Mount and Northern Nash, moving to 16-7 in all games and 5-4 in league play.
Statistics were not available for the Red Rams.
SOUTHERN NASH (32)
Nicholson 6, Newkirk 2, Foster 1, Taybron 4, Gaure 4, Bailey 7, Blackmon 5, Winner 3.
No scorers available.
Score by quarters:
Southern Nash 5 8 7 12 — 32
Franklinton 14 17 13 10 — 54
Chargers fall short on Senior Night
Victory was within the grasp of the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team Monday during its Senior Night showdown with Fayetteville Berean Baptist Academy.
Despite a cadre of missed layups and a 12-point deficit at halftime, the Chargers rallied to take the lead on a basket by sophomore Seth Thompson with 16 seconds to play. However, Berean Baptist came down and hit a contested 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds to play, ultimately dooming the Chargers to a 56-53 loss.
WCA (13-14, 7-5 region) tried to counter with a full-court baseball pass, but it went out of bounds without being touched. Berean took possession and hit one of two foul shots with seven-tenths of a second showing. A second attempt at a full-court pass from the Chargers was taken away as time expired.
“It was another exciting game, and I am so proud of the hard work and determination of these young men,” first-year Wilson Christian head coach Kevin Zander said. “We are excited about the playoffs because I feel we can compete with anyone right now. We just have to take advantage of some opportunities earlier.”
Thompson led WCA with 15 points. Murray, one of seven Wilson Christian seniors, had 14. Harrison Parker, a junior, had 12 and senior Zach Hunter had 10.
WCA, which defeated Berean 76-74 in overtime on Feb. 1, was held to just 1 for 11 from 3-point territory and trailed 27-15 at halftime. Zander credited a defensive change with limiting the Bulldogs’ from beyond the arc in the second half. Adrian Dehart, Andrew Blalock, Kess Little, Brian Paul and Zack Denmark are Wilson Christian’s other seniors.
Berean Baptist moved to .500 at 13-13, 9-3 in region play.
Wilson Christian visits Alamance Christian on Tuesday.
BEREAN BAPTIST (56)
Sinclair 18, Martin, Collins 5, Bowstring 12, Thompson 19, Pike 2.
WILSON CHR. (53)
Murray 14, Dehart, Parker 12, Blalock, Hunter 10, Melvin 2, Thompson 15, Paul, Peacock, Denmark.
Score by quarters:
Berean Baptist 14 13 11 18 — 56
Wilson Christian 7 8 14 24 — 53
WCA splits pair of games
Kate Hoskins had 10 points and Hailey Carnes posted eight points, but the Wilson Christian girls basketball fell 30-27 to the South Wake Sabres on Monday.
Wilson Christian fell to 12-9 overall, two days after a 53-23 victory over Lighthouse Christian at Raleigh New Life Camp.
Against Lighthouse Christian, Katelyn Parker led the way with 17 points. Hoskins bucketed 15.
WCA visits Alamance Christian on Tuesday.
Lady Demons finish off Big East title
The Fike High girls basketball team secured possession of the 3-A Big East Conference championship following victories over at archrival Hunt on Friday night and Northern Nash on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
In a 37-27 win over Hunt, the Lady Demons (11-2, 9-1 Big East) were paced by junior Regina Barber with 16 points and sophomore Caitlyn Graziani chipping in 11. Sophomore Parker Barnes pulled down 12 rebounds against the Lady Warriors.