AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Tigers win at KIPP Pride, 51-41

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Posted 1/11/20

GASTON — With senior Trinity Mobley back in triple-double territory and freshman Keyonna Thompson turning in a career performance, the Wilson Prep varsity girls basketball team handed host KIPP …

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AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Tigers win at KIPP Pride, 51-41

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GASTON — With senior Trinity Mobley back in triple-double territory and freshman Keyonna Thompson turning in a career performance, the Wilson Prep varsity girls basketball team handed host KIPP Pride a 51-41 defeat in Friday’s 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference game.

Mobley, who had just eight points and fouled out in the Lady Tigers’ last game, poured in 26 points to go with 12 rebounds and 12 steals as WPA upped its record to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play. KIPP exited 2-6 in all games and 1-2 in league outings.

Thompson knocked down 19 points to go with 11 rebounds while sophomore Nora Jalal pulled down seven boards. Their input was key with senior co-captain Dymya Robinson limited to a single point after getting in foul trouble and then getting injured.

The Lady Tigers continue Tar Roanoke play Tuesday at Rocky Mount Prep.



Ziegler 2, Mobley 26, Robinson 1, Thompson 19, Poole 3, Jalal.

KIPP (41)

Aazari Settles 10, Williams 2, Cotton, Jeter 4, Squire 6, Aaziya Settles 12, Jenkins 3.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 11 16 10 14 — 51

KIPP 12 2 17 10 — 41

Hunt tops NN in Big East debut

After storming to the Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament title right after Christmas, a nearly two-week break didn’t slow down the Hunt varsity girls basketball team as the Lady Warriors tipped off 3-A Big East Conference play at home Friday night with a 63-47 win over Northern Nash.

Hunt, now 7-4 overall, was led by senior Bria Griffith with 20 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks while fellow senior Imani Sutton had 13 points, six rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals. A third senior, Bri Tucker, had 10 points and four steals, but head coach Tiffany Parks said it wasn’t just the three seniors accounting for the win.

“I think that we did a great job coming back from Christmas,” she said. “We had all week and we did some regrouping and had some discussions. I think the whole team made a difference in the game tonight.”

Senior Kylar Wiggins led the Lady Knights (10-3, 0-1 Big East) with 11 points.

Hunt will host Rocky Mount on Tuesday, the first of three games for the Lady Warriors next week.



Spooner 8, Thigpen, Hedgepeth 7, Wiggins 11, Foster, T. Williams 2, Arrington 1, Evans 7, J. Williams, Clark 6, Johnson 5, Taylor, Dickens.

HUNT (63)

Griffith 20, McNeil 3, Smith 5, Mercer, Haley 6, Tucker 10, Todman, Sauls, McNair, Sutton 13, Lucas 6.


Score by quarters:

Northern Nash 12 13 12 10 — 47

Hunt 10 26 14 13 — 63

Defense sets tone for Lady Chargers in rout

Building off an encouraging performance in a Thursday loss to Cape Fear Christian, the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team translated that into a stern defensive effort Friday night in a 49-22 victory over Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian.

Wilson Christian, which improved to 11-6 overall and 3-0 in North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 play, limited Hilltop (10-2) to just one field goal in the first half.

In taking a commanding 24-2 lead after one quarter, the Lady Chargers turned Hilltop over seven times in that span. Freshman point guard Kate Hoskins had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, adding four steals and handing out three assists.

Freshman Sophia Nesbit and senior Kayla Tant each had seven points.

“It’s about energy and effort with us,” Wilson Christian head coach Brian Trull noted. “We aren’t going to outsize anyone.”

All 14 Wilson Christian players scored as the Lady Chargers took a commanding 35-3 advantage into halftime.

WCA remains home to face Greenville Christian on Tuesday.



Hinton 1, Crawford 7, S. Jernigan 5, Still 3, Snow 3, A. Jernigan 2, Smith 1.


Hoskins 14, Nesbit 7, Tant 7, Vick 4, Barnes 3, Parker 3, Hartsfield 3, Petty 2, Hunter 2, Carnes 4.


Score by quarters:

Hilltop Chr. 2 1 10 9 — 22

Wilson Chr. 24 11 3 11 — 49

Lady Cyclones net first Coastal win

NEW BERN — A 9-4 advantage in the opening quarter boosted the visiting Community Christian school varsity girls basketball team to its first 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference victory of the season by a 28-22 margin against Epiphany on Friday night.

The Lady Cyclones of head coach Kenneth Atkinson improved to 1-4 in the conference and to 3-8 in all games.

Junior Olivia Walker sparked the CCS offense with a game-high 14 points. Senior MiChaeyla Lee grabbed 11 rebounds and come up with five steals. Alexis Langley, a 6-foot-2 junior, claimed nine rebounds and 6-1 seventh-grader Lilly Lyndon added eight rebounds.

Atkinson said strong rebounding helped the Lady Cyclones survive a 4-for-18 performance at the foul line.

CCS continues conference play at Rocky Mount Academy on Monday.



Walker 14, Lee 4, Langley  3, Vaughan 2, Jackson 2, Gardner 2, Webb 1.


Potter 9, Oliver 7, Litchfield 3, Weatherly 3.


Score by quarters:

CCS 9 7 5 7 — 28

Epiphany 4 9 3 6 — 22

Lady Cougars ease by Nash Central

PINETOPS — Junior point guard Jada Battle amassed a double-double of 17 points and 11 assists Friday night as the SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity girls basketball team tipped off the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference portion of its schedule with a 65-51 victory over Nash Central.

The Lady Cougars’ ninth win against two losses was well in hand by the close of the third quarter, with SouthWest holding a commanding 59-32 lead.

Three SouthWest players finished in double figures, with senior Bailey Davis leading the way with 18 points. Battle added her double-double and junior center Alonee Smallwood tacked on 10.

Nine of 10 Lady Cougars scored as Nash Central fell to 3-10 in all games.

“I thought we played a great first half,” legendary SouthWest Edgecombe head coach Sandra Langley said. “We used eight in the first half and subbed after the third quarter and got a little sloppy.”

Freshman Destiny Ainstead, a Wilson Preparatory Academy transfer, led the Lady Bulldogs with 19 points.

SouthWest visits archrival Tarboro on Saturday afternoon.



Bynum 2, K. Gunter 3, A. Anstead 5, Thomas 2, J. Gunter 4, Fox 10, Cherry 3, D. Anstead 19, Roughton 1, Shrock 2.


Davis 18, Dunn 5, Battle 17, Smallwood 10, McKinney 1, Pridgen 2, Jenkins 7, Lee 3, Thigpen 2.


Score by quarters:

Nash Central 7 15 10 19 — 51

SW Edgecombe 17 21 21 6 — 65

Lady Falcons lose to undefeated Conley

WINTERVILLE — The visiting Charles B. Aycock High varsity girls basketball team became victim No. 13 for undefeated D.H. Conley on Friday night.

The Lady Vikings dealt CBA a 62-32 loss, dropping the Lady Golden Falcons to 1-4 in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference and to 8-7 against all foes.

Sitting atop the ECC standings, Conley moved to 4-0 in the league. CBA and Conley are 3-A members.

The top Lady Falcons scorer was junior Kaitlyn Smith with nine points.



Smith 9, Paunaude 2, Mason 4, Thomas 5, Spruill 6, Parrish 6.

D.H. CONLEY (62)

Scoring information not available


Score by quarters:

C.B. Aycock 7 10 4 11 — 32

D.H. Conley 18 18 13 13 — 62


Tigers tame KIPP Pride 72-53

GASTON — Wilson Prep ended a three-game slide with a 72-53 varsity boys basketball win Friday at KIPP, handing the Pride its first 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference loss.

The Tigers, now 8-5 overall, evened their league mark at 2-2 while KIPP fell to 5-5 and 2-1.

“Feels good to go in somebody else’s house and dominate!” Wilson Prep first-year head coach Anthony Atkinson Jr. said in an email. “KIPP was in first place in the conference and to go win on the road is huge! Very proud of my guys tonight!”

Nasiar Blackston led the Tigers with 23 points while Eric Wynn had 18 points and 18 rebounds. Adrian Land added 15 points while point guard Quay Johnson supplied six points, six assists and seven steals.

Wilson Prep will continue Tar Roanoke play Tuesday at Rocky Mount Prep.



Blackston 23, Wynn 18, Q. Johnson 6, Land 15, O. Johnson 4, Williams 2, Taft 2, Smith 2.

KIPP (53)

Shaw 12, Ward 9, Cruz 2, Lockhart 11, Goode 4, Moody 3, Ingram 6, Garner 6.


Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 28 8 24 12 — 72

KIPP 13 20 6 12 — 53

CCS loses in OT, 66-64

NEW BERN — Community Christian lost 66-64 in overtime at The Epiphany School in Friday’s varsity boys basketball action.

Senior Jimmy Forte had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Cyclones while Andrew Gattis had 20 points and seven rebounds.

CCS will visit Rocky Mount Academy on Monday.

Warriors deck Northern Nash in Big East opener

ROCKY MOUNT — The streak is over.

With senior Shakei Hines sidelined due to the flu, the Hunt High varsity boys basketball team picked up the slack from the likes of sophomore Ty’Chaun Clay and senior Shaq Wade on Friday night to end Northern Nash’s regular-season 3-A Big East Conference winning streak at 30 games with a 72-62 victory Friday night in the conference opener for both teams.

The Warriors (7-5) took a 34-26 lead into halftime as Clay, a sophomore, had 22 points. Wade tallied 20 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Davon Jones had 13 points and nine rebounds.

“They had to step up,” Hunt head coach Dwight Taylor said of his team without Hines. “It was a big win.”

Hunt, which relied on an uptempo style, respected the ball handling of Northern Nash (12-3) and did not apply much pressure.

Henry Richardon led Northern Nash, winners of the last three Big East regular-season championships in unbeaten fashion, with 15 points.

Hunt is home to Rocky Mount on Tuesday.


HUNT (72)

Clay 22, Wade 20, Keen 7, Taylor 6, Jones 13, Joyner 5, Carmon, Hammonds, Thorne.


K. Johnson 4, Reams 11, Bullock 14, Garner 2, Battle 8, Davis 6, Richardson 15, Hughes 2.


Score by quarters:

Hunt 17 17 13 25 — 72

Northern Nash 16 10 13 23 — 62

Hilltop too tall a climb for WCA

An undersized Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team stayed with visiting Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina for one quarter before dropping a 76-54 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region decision Friday night.

Hilltop’s Chargers with three starters at 6-foot-4 or taller, entered as the region front-runner, vaulting to 6-0 in the region and 16-2 against all foes.

Wilson Christian’s Chargers matched Hilltop’s 17 first-quarter points. However, WCA fell behind 41-32 at halftime and was outscored 35-22 the second half.

Senior Harrison Parker led Wilson Christian with 15 points, while junior Alex Horrell bucketed nine.

The outcome left WCA at 0-4 in the region and 3-12 in all games.

Triggering Hilltop were 6-5 senior Marcus Angel with 17 points and 6-6 junior Will Barefoot with 16. Jacob Fredley, a 6-4 junior, contributed 10 points. Hilltop was ignited by Angel with 12 points in the second quarter and Barefoot with 10 in the final period.



King 4, Sanders 14, Goldman 8, Ja. Fredley 10, Angel 7, Barefoot 16, Miller, M. Angel 17, Phillips, Ju. Fredley,


Melvin 4, Ortiz 2, Horrell 9, Thompson 7, H. Parker 15, S. Parker 4, Provo 5, Peacock 8.


Score by quarters:

Hilltop 17 24 13 22 — 76

WCA 17 15 8 14 — 54

Cougars outlast Bulldogs 70-57

PINETOPS — The SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity boys basketball team found itself slowed by the 3-2 zone of Nash Central on Friday night, but a pair of 16-point performances from seniors Keishon Porter and Slade Hinton helped propel the Cougars to a 70-57 victory in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opener for both teams.

SouthWest, which improved to 8-2 overall ahead of a Saturday nonconference road test at Tarboro, picked up 10 points from senior post presence Zach Sledge. Off the bench, junior Jaquan Wilkins provided a spark with seven points. Without benefit of statistics, SouthWest head coach Shelton Langley estimated Wilkins contributed five blocks to go along with “eight to nine” rebounds.

The Cougarss led 37-23 at the half and 47-36 entering the final quarter. Nash Central (4-8, 0-1 EPC) stayed resolute in its 3-2 zone for most of the game and did not depart it until the waning stages of the fourth quarter, hindering SouthWest’s preferred push-the-pace narrative.

“We didn’t play that great,” Langley lamented. “Nash Central slowed it down and we like to run.”

Ahmer Richardson led Nash Central with 18 points. Isaiah Miller had 15 and Amaru Joyner added 11.



Richardson 18, Joyner 11, Miller 15, Pittman 8, Mitchell 5.


Porter 16, Hinton 16, Sledge 10, Mayo 8, Wilkins 7, Ruffin 6, Wright 5, Richardson 2.


Score by quarters:

Nash Central 11 12 13 21 — 57

SW Edgecombe 19 18 10 23 — 70

Slow-starting CBA defeated at Conley

WINTERVILLE — A sluggish start set the tone for the visiting Charles B. Aycock High varsity boys basketball team that dropped a 45-35 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference decision in a clash of 3-A members Friday night.

The Golden Falcons fell behind 12-6 in the opening quarter and tumbled to 2-3 in the ECC and 8-7 overall. Conley improved to 3-1 in the league and 8-6 against all foes.

Top CBA scorers were seniors Alijuan Moore with eight points and Charles Walker with seven.



Peronzini 1, Reid 4, Moore 8, Walker 7, Poindexter 3, B. Reid 6, Williams 6.

D.H. CONLEY (45)

Scoring information not available


Score by quarters:

C.B. Aycock 6 11 7 11 — 35

D.H. Conley 12 11 8 14 — 45


Hunt sweeps tri-match at GC

SNOW HILL — The Hunt High wrestling team came away with a pair of victories Thursday night in a triangular match against Eastern Wayne and Greene Central, defeating Eastern Wayne, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, by a 48-36 count before toppling the host 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Rams by a 54-24 margin.

None of the contested matches reached a decision.

Six wrestlers won both matches for the 3-A Big East Conference Warriors, with Will Mercer (138 pounds), Justin Rankin (152), Nick Arias (160), Chris Silva (182), Aundrey Loftin (195, 220) and Tryston Myers (heavyweight) all accomplishing the feat.

Silva increased his record to 23-3, pinning Eastern Wayne’s Altante Harris and getting a forfeit victory versus Greene Central.

Loftin stands 12-2, picking up a forfeit win at 195 against Eastern Wayne and pinning Jaleel Williams of Greene Central in a 220-pound bout.

Myers, now 12-8, ended both of his bouts early, pinning Eastern Wayne’s Gregory Daniels and Christian Mann.

Mercer acquired triumphs via pinfall at 138, stopping Josiah Thompson of Eastern Wayne and Greene Central’s Landon Reiber.

Rankin pinned two opponents in the 152-pound weight class, conquering Alondra Delgado of Eastern Wayne and Janae Griffin of Greene Central.

Arias pinned Christian Edwards of Eastern Wayne and won via forfeit, both at 160.

Single victories in the course of action went to Hunt’s Lorenzo Rentera-Arizpe at 113 pounds, as he pinned Eastern Wayne’s Carson Williams. James Harrison pinned the Rams’ Anthony Jardine in the 145-pound ranks and Ethan Kaosombat pinned Andres Garcia at 220 pounds.

Hunt next competes in the 3-A Big East Conference duals at Fike next Saturday.


Lady Chargers thump Hilltop 42-20

Three players notched double figures in scoring as the Wilson Christian girls basketball team rolled to a 42-20 victory over Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian on Friday night.

Sophomore Hailey Carnes and eighth grader Gracie Farmer each had 11 points for Wilson Christian (11-1), with sophomore Ellen Watson adding 10.

The Lady Chargers remain home to face New Life Camp homeschool out of Raleigh on Tuesday.

Hoskins fires WCA past Hilltop

Will Hoskins led the way for the Wilson Christian boys basketball team Friday, pumping in 26 points as the Chargers defeated Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian by a 53-44 score.

WCA takes to the road Thursday to face Rocky Mount Academy.

Community Christian rallies past Epihany

NEW BERN — The visiting Community Christian School girls basketball team rallied from a 15-10 halftime deficit to overcome Epiphany, 22-18, on Friday evening.

Olivia Kelly sparked CCS with 10 points, while Ashley Abrams scored seven.

The Lady Cyclones carry a 9-1 record into Monday afternoon’s contest at Rocky Mount Academy.

CBA climbs to 12-0, thumps D.H. Conley

WINTERVILLE — With McKenzie Millard and Laci Best each firing in 14 points, the visiting Charles B. Aycock High girls bazsketball team continued undefeated ways with a 39-24 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference conquest of D.H. Conley on Friday.

The Lady Golden Falcons took command by outscoring Conley 16-4 in the final quarter.

CBA vaulted to 5-0 in the ECC and to 12-0 against all foes.

Reid’s 14 points not enough for CBA

WINTERVILLE —  Despite 14 points from Kris Reid, the visiting Charles B. Aycock boys basketball team dropped a 34-29 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference decision to D.H. Conley on Friday.

The Golden Falcons emerged 2-3 in the ECC and 6-10 overall.