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AREA ROUNDUP: Balanced Chargers win season opener

WCA’s sizzling start sinks Rocky Mount

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AREA ROUNDUP

A balanced offense carried the Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team to a 58-43 season-opening victory against visiting Rocky Mount Academy of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A ranks Tuesday night.

Junior returnee Jimmy Forte led the Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A division with 16 points. Sophomore Harrison Parks tossed in 12 points while senior Jay Grissom just missed a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine points. Senior Joel Attoe grabbed seven rebounds.

Davd Peele and Christian McFarland added eight points each as Wilson Christian forged a 19-14 cushion after one quarter and maintained a working margin throughout.

“It wasn’t amazing but well enough,” second-year head coach Andy Coffman assessed Wilson Christian’s debut. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

Top Rocky Mount Academy scorers were Collins Leguj with 15 points and Bailey Beddingfield with 13.

The Chargers travel to Raleigh on Friday to oppose New Life Storm.

ROCKY MOUNT ACADEMY (43)

Leguj 15, Beddingfield 13, Lero 4, Tucker 4, Freeman 2, Gutshall 5.

WILSON CHRISTIAN (58)

Forte 16, Parks 12, Grissom 9, Peele 8, McFarland 8, Attoe 5, Blalock, Paul, Murray, VeHeart, Little.

Score by quarters:

RMA147913—43

WCA19141213—60

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Fueled by a scorching first quarter, the Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team tipped off its 2017-18 season with a 60-29 romp of visiting Rocky Mount Academy of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A ranks.

The Lady Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks connected on 7 of 11 shots from the floor in outscoring Rocky Mount 16-2 in the opening quarter. Sophomores Ashley Hartsfield and Kayla Tant each nailed a 3-point shot.

McKenna Griffin, a 5-foot-10 junior, led Wilson Christsian with 11 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Kendall Harris netted 10 points. Hartsfield handed out five assists and Madison Carnes collected five steals.

“We shot the ball very well,” said Wilson Christian head coach Brian Trull. “We made the extra pass to get a better shot insstead of one pass to get a good shot.”

Pacing Rocky Mount were Madison Glover with a game-high 12 points and Deborah Kitchen with 10 points.

ROCKY MOUNT ACADEMY (29)

Parker 1, Stewart 2, Smith 2, Edison 2, Kitchen 10, Glover 12.

WILSON CHRISTIAN (60)

Reece 2, Barnes 2, Hartsfield 3, Snead 5, Carnes 6, Tant 6, Vick 7, Jones 8, Harris 10, Griffin 11, Reams, Hunter.

Score by quarters:

RMA21098—29

WCA16141713—60

JUNIOR VARSITY

Lady Chargers fall in opener

The host Wilson Christian Academy girls basketball team battled Rocky Mount Academy to a 9-9 halftime standoff before dropping a 25-22 season-opening decision Tuesday.

Leading the Lady Chargers were Paige Petty with nine points and Kaitlyn Parker with eight.

WCA travels Friday to Raleigh to oppose New Life Storm.

WCA drops debut to Rocky Mount

The Wilson Christian boys basketball team could overcome a 23-5 halftime deficit and dropped a 49-27 season-opening decision to visiting Rocky Mount Academy on Tuesday.

Pacing the Chargers were Seth Thompson and Gabe Barnes with seven points each.

Wilson Christian attempts to even its record with a trip to Raleigh to oppose New Life Storm.

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