AREA ROUNDUP: Wall injured but Lady Knights hang on to beat Cape Fear Christian, 42-38

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Posted 12/11/19

ERWIN — Despite the loss of  leading scorer and rebounder Kaelyn Wall early in the second half with an ankle injury, the visiting Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team pulled out …

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AREA ROUNDUP: Wall injured but Lady Knights hang on to beat Cape Fear Christian, 42-38

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ERWIN — Despite the loss of  leading scorer and rebounder Kaelyn Wall early in the second half with an ankle injury, the visiting Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team pulled out a 42-38 triumph against Cape Fear Christian in North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Associaition 1-A competition Tuesday night.

Wall, a senior, exited with some two minutes elapsed in the third quarter when a Cape Fear player fell on her leg. The Lady Knights owned an 8-point lead at the time.

The Lady Knights entered the fourth quarter clinging to a 31-29 margin, but Cape Fear tied the score at 33-33.

Greenfield and the Lady Eagles traded a couple of baskets until Greenfield rebounded a Cape Fear miss and built a winning margin at the foul line — where eighth grader Serenity McNair nailed 7-of-10 free throws the last quarter.

The Lady Knights upped their record to 8-3 and close out the pre-holiday portion of their schedule with their third game in as many nights against Kerr-Vance of Henderson at home Wednesday evening.

McNair fired in all 18 of her points in the second half.  Wall scored 11. Seventh-grader Darcy Dean, who replaced Wall, delivered a key basket in the third quarter. Freshman Jeallen Holland pulled down 10 rebounds.



Parker 2, McNair 18, Stroh 5, Holland 4, Wall 11, Dean 2.


McNeil 2, Taylor 2, Dupree 5, Matthews 16, K. Bass 4, A. Bass 9.


Score by quarters:

Greenfield 14 8 9 11 — 42

Cape Fear 12 4 13 9 — 38

Rough going for Hunt vs. Farmville Central

FARMVILLE — The rematch against Farmville Central on the road Tuesday night will be an experience the Hunt High School varsity girls basketball team will be eager to forget.

The Lady Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference were overwhelmed 81-25 by a Farmville Central team that finished the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A runner-up last season.

Hunt, which fell to 3-3, trailed 48-15 at halftime against the Eastern Plains Conference powerhouse.

The Lady Warriors play at home against another Eastern Plains foe, archrival Beddingfield, on Friday evening.

Game details were not available.


Score by quarters:

Hunt 11 4 2 8 — 25

Farmville Cent. 23 25 16 17 — 81

Lady Cougars again roll past Southeast

LITTLETON — Seniors Bailey Davis and Adriane McKinney and junior Jada Battle each scored in double digits to spark the visiting SouthWest Edgecombe varsity girls basketball team to a 64-25 win against Southeast Halifax on Tuesday evening.

In defeating Southeast for the second time in as many games, the Lady Cougars of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference improved to 3-1. Southeast of  the 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference fell to 0-4.

Davis, McKinney and Battle each entered the contest averaging in double figures. Davis tossed in a game-high 17 points, while Battle netted 16 and McKinney 12.

Battle’s double-double performance included 12 steals, six assists and seven rebounds. McKinney contributed eight rebounds and four steals. Davis came up with four steals.

The Lady Cougars registered  29 steals despite playing only half-court defense and never resorting to pressure. SouthWest trotted to a 57-15 margin after three quarters — resulting in a continuous clock.



Davis 17, Battle 16, McKinney 12, Lee 6, Pridgen 4, Smallwood 4, Dunn 5.


Heckstall 9, Bryant 8, Parker 3, N. Whitaker 2, Bynum 2, P. Whitaker 1.


Score by quarters:

SW Edgecombe 19 14 24 7 — 64

SE Halifax 4 3 8 10 — 25

Ladybirds fall at SSS 58-40

SMITHFIELD — The Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team remained winless through three games Tuesday with a 58-40 loss at Smithfield-Selma.

Freshman Jermia Walker led the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds with 19 points. Senior Jalisa Williams had six and junior Brooke Lucas added five.

Southern Nash hosts East Wake on Wednesday.



Whitley 2, Smith 2, Walker 19, Hargrove 2, Foster 4, Lucas 5, Williams 6.


Thaggard 17, Reddick 4, McQueen 11, Peacock 15, Hill 2, Robertson 7, O’Neal, Mohamed.


Score by quarters:

Southern Nash 4 11 8 17 — 40

Smithfield-Selma 19 10 17 12 — 58


Chargers defeated at Raleigh Christian

RALEIGH — Despite numerous positives mentioned by second-year head coach Kevin Zander, the visiting Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team was dealt a 70-52 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region loss by Raleigh Christian on Tuesday evening.

The Chargers tumbled to  2-8 overall and to 0-3 in the region. WCA welcomes Bethel Christian of Kinston for another region assignment Friday night.

Zander lauded the ability of captains Harrison Parker and Seth Thompson to drive into the lane in the third quarter, creating a quick bonus opportunity at the foul line. The Chargers’ man-to-man pressure created turnovers in the last quarter and three consecutive 3-pointers from Parker, a senior, enabled WCA to close a 53-34 deficit after three quarters to four points.

However, Raleigh Christian pulled away by benefiting from the Chargers’ foul woes. Raleigh Christian swished 11-of-15 free throws in the last quarter.

Parker, with 13 points the last quarter, drilled in a game-high 25 points. Sophomore Deston Melvin scored eight.



Melvin 8, Ortiz 4, Thompson 5, H. Parker 25, S. Parker  1, Provo, Peacock 3, Horrell 5, Wood 2.


Kaszajewski, Parker 13, Castleberry 17, Lu, Robinson 2, Goloub 7, Wood 6, Kinney 3, Van Reenen 12.


Score by quarters:

WCA 13 11 10 18 — 52

Raleigh 16 18 15 21 — 70

Greenfield blitzes Cape Fear, 83-65

ERWIN — The visiting Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team, No. 1-ranked among 1-A teams in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, rode a torrid start to an 83-65 win against talented Cape Fear Christian on Tuesday night.

The Knights poured in 48 first-half points and built as much as a 25-point cushion in boosting their record to 10-2.

“We played really well,” Greenfield head coach Rob Salter summarized. “I thought we shared the ball really well. Offensively, we ran our stuff and minimized our dribbling in very effectively getting the ball where we needed to get it.”

The Knights drained 11-of-22 attempts from 3-point range.

Greenfield owned a 48-31 halftime margin and Cape Fear, despite the efforts of Alston Locklear, drew no closer than 15 points the final quarter.

Spearheading the balanced Knights attack were seniors Creighton Lebo and Colin Guilford with 16 points each. Senior Wake Forest University signee Dji Bailey tossed in 14 points and junior Justin Holland bucketed 13.

Holland, praised by Salter for his role off the bench, hit his three shots from 3-point territory, while Lebo went 6-for-7 from the floor.

Locklear poured in a game-high 31 points for the Eagles, while Paul Tako tallied 12.

Greenfield travels to Rock Hill, South Carolina, for the Battle at the Rock on Friday night at 7:30 against United Faith of Charlotte, ranked among the state’s top five NCISAA 1-A teams.



Lebo 16, Guilford 16, Lynch 7, Bailey 14, Pittman 9, Evans 8, Holland 13, Peaden, Woodard, Sessoms.


Williams 7, Locklear 31, Carter 7, Prodonovic 6. P. Tako 12, S. Tako 2.


Score by quarters:

Greenfield 23 25 22 13 — 83

Cape Fear 14 17 21 11 — 65

DASH United nips Community Christian

ROCKY MOUNT — Despite 35 points from senior Jimmy Forte, the visiting Community Christian varsity boys basketball team lost a 55-53 nail-biter to Rocky Mount-Wilson DASH United in the Rocky Mount Academy gym on Tuesday night.

With the score knotted at 53-53 and five seconds remaining, DASH’s Elijah Skinner drove into the lane, scored and was fouled with two seconds showing.

Skinner missed the free throws. The Cyclones rebounded but were unable to get off a desperation heave.

Skinner blistered the nets for 24 points as United upped its record to 6-4. DASH visits Northeast Carolina Prep in Tarboro on Thursday.

The Cyclones also got nine points from senior Mike Piccolo and seven from junior Andrew Gattis.

With a 2-7 record, CCS travels to Greenville on Friday to oppose Christ Covenant.

Reeling Hunt falls to Farmville Central

FARMVILLE — The visiting Hunt High varsity boys basketball team was sent reeling to its fifth consecutive loss by a 104-63 margin against undefeated Farmville Central on Tuesday night.

The Jaguars, North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A champions last season, not only exploded for 71 points in the first half but, at the end of the third quarter, were just four points away from reaching the century mark

Hunt of the 3-A Big East Conference trailed 71-36 at halftime and 96-54 with a quarter remaining.

The Warriors tumbled to 2-5 and play host to archrival Beddingfield on Friday.

Farmville Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference vaulted to 5-0 with hits second win against Hunt.

Game details were not available.


Score by quarters:

Hunt 12 24 18 9 — 63

Farmville Cent. 35 36 25 8 — 104

Alley-oop dunk ignites SouthWest

LITTLETON — A half-court lob that resulted in an alley-oop dunk ignited the visiting SouthWest Edgecombe varsity boys basketball team to a 71-37 nonconference conquest of Southeast Halifax of the 1-A Tar-Roanoke Conference on Tuesday evening.

The spectacular play occurred midway the first quarter. Sophomore point guard Zay Mayo lobbed the pass to 6-foot-5 senior Keishon Porter for the dunk.

“That lit the fire,” exclaimed SouthWest head coach Shelton Langley. “The defense got better; the offense was better in transition, and we went from there.”

The Cougars needed the spark after Southeast Halifax came out in man-to-man defense and tried to run with SouthWest of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.

Starters played the first and third quarters for the Cougars (3-1) and limited the Trojans to six points in each quarter.

Porter, in the meantime, responded with five slams and 17 points in the first half.

Porter’s 20 points led SouthWest, while 6-7 Zach Sledge stuffed in 11 points, Mayo 10 and Dorian Ruffin nine.

Southeast’s JeZavion Moody drilled in a game-high 23 points. The Trojans fell to 0-4.



Porter 20, Sledge 11, Mayo 10, Ruffin 9, Wright 8, Wooten 4, Marrow 4, Hinton 3, Richardson 2.


Moody 23, Moore 5, Jones 4, Hunter 2, Hedgepeth 2, Dickens 1.


Score by quarters:

SW Edgecombe 18 19 11 23 — 71

SE Halifax 4 3 8 10 — 25


Wilson Prep shoots down DASH

Behind a pair of double-doubles from Eric Wynn and Devyn Bullock, Wilson Prep motored to a 76-32 varsity boys basketball victory over visiting Rocky Mount/Wilson DASH home school on Monday.

Wynn had a game-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds while Bullock pulled 12 boards and scored 10 points as the Tigers rose to 5-1. Nasir Blackston added 16 points and six rebounds while Quay Johnson contributed eight points for WPA, playing at home for the time in four games.

Elijah Skinner’s 17 points paced the United while Jacob Dienes added seven points.

Wilson Prep will tip off 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference play Friday at Southeast Halifax.


DASH (32)

Bailey 3, Pickett 1, Buck 5, Skinner 14, Dienes 7, Barry 2.


Wynn 17, Blackston 16, Land 1, Johnson 8, Williams 1, Bullock 10, Farmer 3, Parker 7, Bryant 2, Taft 6, Smith 5.


Score by quarters:

DASH 8 8 10 6 — 32

Wilson Prep 19 26 27 4 — 76


Lady Chargers clip Raleigh Christian

RALEIGH — The Wilson Christian Academy girls basketball team upped its record to 6-1 with a 35-6 victory against Raleigh Christian on Tuesday evening.

The Lady Chargers constructed a 14-4 halftime margin and were more dominant the last two quarters.

Gracie Farmer outscored the entire Raleigh Christian team with 12 points and Ellen Watson chipped in with six points.

WCA welcomes Wake Christian on Monday.