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Now that his daughter, Kaelyn, is a junior at Greenfield School, Lady Knights varsity girls basketball coach Bruce Wall may be a bit more lenient about allowing her to have junk food upon occasion.
Certainly, the occasion for Greenfield’s North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A playoff opener Tuesday evening was appropriate enough for Kaelyn, who may have gotten a boost from a pre-game snack on her way to a career-high 32 points in the Lady Knights’ 54-31 defeat of visiting Lee Christian.
“I don’t know. She ate an oatmeal creme pie before the game, so that’s what we’re going with!” Bruce Wall said with a laugh when asked what inspired his daughter to such a performance. “She came out with a lot more energy than she normally does and just started making shots.”
Kaelyn Wall added 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks as seventh-seeded Greenfield (15-7) advanced into Thursday’s second round at home against unseeded Lawrence Academy (15-10), a 40-13 winner against Community Christian on Tuesday.
Seventh-grader Serenity McNair added 11 points and four steals for the Lady Knights while eighth-grader Jeallen Holland chipped in seven points and eight assists.
Unseeded Lee Christian (7-17) was led by junior Marissa Lee’s nine points.
LEE CHRISTIAN (31)
Dodson 4, Lee 9, Stone 8, Waters 8, Dubuc 2,
McNair 11, Stone, Williams, Wall 32, Holland 7, Hassan 4, Worrell.
Score by quarters:
Lee Christian 13 0 8 10 — 31
Greenfield 16 14 10 14 — 54
WCA bows in clash of NCCSA powers
GRAHAM -— A sneak preview at what could be the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A girls basketball championship game showed Wilson Christian that it still has some work to do to catch Alamance Christian.
The visiting Lady Chargers, the NCCSA 2-A East top seed, lost for the second time this season to the West Region No. 1-seeded Lady Warriors, this time by a 51-43 score Tuesday. Alamance Christian handed WCA a 38-26 loss Dec. 7 in Wilson.
Wilson Christian (21-6) led 23-22 at halftime but the Lady Warriors (21-1) got their transition game going in the third quarter and outscored the Lady Chargers 21-9 to seize control of the game.
“We missed shots and they scored in transition and hit two 3s in that quarter,” said Wilson Christian head coach Brian Trull. “Our scoring was consistent across the four quarters but we just didn’t play good defense.”
Senior Christy Jones led WCA with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Lea Gossett and Madison Carnes also scored 10 points each. Sisters Hailey and Hannah Ingle had 14 and 13 points, respectively, for Alamance Christian.
The Lady Chargers open the postseason Friday at home against Greenville Christian.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (43)
Gossett 10, Jones 10, Carnes 10, Barnes 4, Griffin 4, Vick 3, Hartsfield 2, Tant.
ALAMANCE CHRISTIAN (51)
Hailey Ingle 14, Hannah Ingle 13, Maddie Varga 13, Florence 4, Pickett 4, Fincannon 3.
Score by quarters:
Wilson Chr. 13 10 9 11 — 43
Alamance Chr. 14 8 21 8 — 51
Lady Bruins dumped by Farmville Central
The Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team endured a 79-38 Senior Night defeat at the hands of undefeated Farmville Central on Tuesday night.
With the Lady Bruins recognizing the trio of Jasaray Pope, Tydaisha Worsham and Kaniya Thomas, Beddingfield dropped to 4-17 overall and 2-7 in 2-A Eastern Plains Conference play. Farmville Central, ranked No. 2 among 2-A programs by MaxPreps, improved to 19-0 overall and 9-0 in conference play.
Statistics were not available for Beddingfield, which concludes its regular season at SouthWest Edgecombe on Friday.
Chargers fall at Alamance 71-47
GRAHAM — After a close first quarter, single-digit outputs in the second and third quarters doomed the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team to a 71-47 loss at Alamance Christian on Tuesday night.
The Chargers (13-15) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region ranks concluded their regular season and will play in the opening round of the playoffs Friday against an opponent to be determined.
“Alamance just outhustled us tonight,” first-year Wilson Christian head coach Kevin Zander said. “We used the opportunity to try a few new things tonight as we prepare for the playoffs and saw some good things from a few rotations. Some good minutes from the bench also was great to see. We look forward to the playoffs starting this Friday.”
Junior Harrison Parker had 13 points, while senior Zach Hunter added 11. The Chargers trailed 34-22 at the half and 52-31 entering the fourth quarter.
Micah LaTour led Alamance (21-2) with 23 points.
WILSON CHR. (47)
Murray 6, Parker 13, Blalock 4, Hunter 11, Melvin 2, Thompson 3, Paul 2, Peacock 6, Little.
ALAMANCE CHR. (71)
Stuts 9, Cline 3, Funk, LaTour 23, Funk 13, Link 6, Rorrer 14, Hursey 3.
Score by quarters:
Wilson Chr. 13 9 9 16 — 47
Alamance Chr. 17 17 18 19 — 71
Bruins overwhelmed by Jags on Sr. Night
The Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team did not receive the most flattering 2-A Eastern Plais Conference assignment for its Senior Night on Tuesday, drawing the challenge of undefeated and top-ranked Farmville Central.
Indeed, the Bruins were left behind early, trailing 32-13 after one quarter en route to a 95-61 defeat.
In observing Senior Night for two players in Trevon Brantley and Reggie Grant, the Bruins dropped their fourth outing in their last five games to fall to 8-13 overall and 4-5 in EPC play. Farmville Central remained unbeaten through 23 games, including a 9-0 stretch in the EPC.
Statistics were not available for Beddingfield.
Score by quarters:
Farmville Central 32 25 27 11 — 95
Beddingfield 13 18 14 16 — 61
Chargers fall on Senior Night, 56-53
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 (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
Chargers clipped by Alamance
GRAHAM — Sophomore Jack Ortiz’s 15 points led the Wilson Christian boys basketball team in a losing effort Tuesday followiing a 28-26 loss at Alamance Christian.
WCA (11-12) will participate in the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East tournament at home at a date to be determined.
Hoskins’ big 4th sparks WCA girls
GRAHAM — Kate Hoskins had eight of her team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter as Wilson Christian rallied for a 26-24 victory Tuesday at Alamance Christian in the final girls basketball regular-season game.
The Lady Chargers (12-9) trailed by 13 points at the half but outscored their hosts 22-7 in the second half. Katelyn Parker added eight points for Wilson Christian, which hosts Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina in the quarterfinals of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A tournament Friday.