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Five Bruins score in double figures in beating SSS, 73-61

WCA doubles up Faith Christian

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SMITHFIELD —Five players scored in double figures as the visiting Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team completed a regular-season sweep of 3-A Smithfield-Selma by a 73-61 count Friday night.

The Bruins stopped their skid at two games in improving to 4-3. Smithfield-Selma dropped to 5-5.

Both teams play in the Farris & Farris Holiday Tournament in the Fike High gym next week. The Bruins oppose Hunt at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Smithfield-Selma tests Fike at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Octavious Lacey, a 6-4 senior, keyed Beddingfield with 19 points. Freshman Mike Best and junior Zy’ree Wilder each fired in 14 points, while Na’jhre Pittman canned 10 and Jalen Artis 12.

Head coach Joe Dvozenja said the Bruins emphasized getting the basketball to Lacey, taking better shots and staying within the team concept.

“We did a really good job,” The Bruins’ second-year head coach declared. “We were much better overall.”

Dvozenja commended his team’s poise when the Spartans chopped into Beddingfield’s 19-point lead in the final quarter.

Anthony Council’s game-high 20 points paced Smithfield-Selma. Kavon Ward, the leading scorer, added 12, and T.J. Altman 14.

The outcome left the Bruins upbeat heading into the holiday bash.

“It’s always better to be upbeat going into a tourney — especially as big as ours is,” Dvozenja remarked.

BEDDINGFIELD (73)

Lacey 19, Langston 2, Artis 12, Pittman 10, Best 14, Wilder 14, Brantley 2, Blackston, Coley.

SMITHFIELD-SELMA (61)

Council 20, Ward 12, Altman 9, Howard 14, Sanders 6,

Score by quarters:

Beddingfield 15 16 23 19 — 73

SSS 12 12 20 17 — 61

GOLDSBORO — The visiting Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team limited Faith Christian to 17 points the last three quarters in pulling away to a 64-32 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A victory Friday night.

The Chargers evened their record at 7-7. Both teams are East Region members, but the outcome did not count in the region standings. Wilson Christian plays in District 3 and Faith Christian in District 4.

WCA put the clamps on the Crusaders after leading only 17-15 after one quarter.

“We woke up and started playing,” said Chargers head coach Andy Coffman. “We came out a little sluggish. We were not playing well.”

Jay Grisson, a 6-foot-4 senior, triggered WCA with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Jimmy Forte contributed 12 point and five steals. Junior Zach Hunter chipped in with 11 points and six steals, and senior David Peele netted 11 points.

Jeremiah Benson’s 12 points topped Faith Christian’s scoring.

The Chargers welcome Salem Baptist at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

wilson christian (64)

Parker 6, Hunter 11, Grissom 13, Attoe 7, Forte 12, Peele 11, McFarland 4.

faith christian (32)

Miller 6, Millen 5, Dover 5, Pittman 4, Benson 12..

Score by quarters:

WCA 17 11 23 13 — 64

Faith Christian 15 4 6 7 — 32

Panthers comeback stops Louisburg

KENLY — The North Johnston High varsity boys basketball team exploded for 26 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to a 66-59 nonconference victory against visiting Louisburg on Friday night.

The Panthers of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference trailed 47-40 going into the final quarter but, by outscoring Louisburg 26-12, emerged with their sixth win against three losses.

Senior Kameron Williams fired in 24 points for the Panthers and was complemented by junior Savon Foye with 18 and senior Rakim Stancil with 17.

Louisburg’s Elijah Jamieson poured in a game-high 27 points and JyQuan Taylor tallied 14.

LOUISBURG (59)

Jamieson 27, Biggs 1, Moses 6, Taylor 14, Gerald 2, Bumpers 6, Brooks 3.

NORTH JOHNSTON (66)

Stancil 17, Broadway 1, Whitley 4, Williams 24, Savoy 18, Dixon 2..

Score by quarters:

Louisburg 17 13 17 12 — 59

North Johnston 12 12 16 26 — 66

CCS dumps Crossroads 57-45

Led by the 23 points of junior D.J. Atkinson, the Community Christian School varsity boys basketball team placed three players in double-figure scoring Thursday night in a 57-45 win over Henderson Crossroads Christian at Barney Williamson Gym.

CCS (7-3) of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference won its third straight game. Rieshod Baines, a junior, tossed in 16 points with junior Dominique Evans adding 10.

Taige Bridgers had eight rebounds for the Cyclones.

CCS will take part in the North Hills Basketball Tournament in Salisbury beginning Thursday, Dec. 28. The Cyclones will open against Woodlawn School of Mooresville.

CROSSROADS CHR. (45)

Logan 5, Carson 4, Overby 8, Stephenson 17, Edwards 7, Lloyd 2, Page 2.

CCS (57)

Baines 16, Atkinson 23, Evans 10, Williams 2, Winstead 6, Bridgers, Scott.

Score by quarters:

Crossroads Chr. 5 9 23 8 — 45

CCS 13 12 9 23 — 57

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Wilson Christian surges to 46-41 win

GOLDSBORO —The visiting Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team shook off torrid first-quarter shooting from Faith Christian to post a 46-41 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A victory Friday night.

Junior Caitlyn Barnes equalled a career-high 16 points and recorded five steals to lead the Lady Chargers to their ninth win against four losses. Both teams are East Region members, but Friday night’s game did not count in the region standings. Wilson Christian plays in District 3 and Faith Christian in District 4.

Faith buried 7 of 9 shots from the floor in seizing a 15-6 lead after one quarter. However, WCA bounced back to outscore the Lady Crusaders 13-2 in the second quarter to grab a 19-17 halftime lead.

“We decided we were going to play — which we didn’t do in the first quarter,” explained WCA head coach Brian Trull. “We were standing around.”

The fourth quarter arrived with the score knotted 31-31. The Lady Chargers clung to a one-point lead with approximately two minutes remaining when the contest shifted in the Lady Chargers’ direction.

Barnes connected on the first of two free throws. She missed the second but 5-foot-10 junior McKenna Griffin rebounded and responded with three-point play for a 44-39 advantage. Barnes added the final WCA bucket.

Barnes was complemented by sophomore Olivia Vick with nine points and Griffin with eight points and five rebounds.

Chloe Mills tossed in 16 points to lead the Lady Crusaders and Jordan Lawhon netted 12.

Wilson Christian welcomes Salem Baptist at 1 p.m. Saturday.

WILSON CHRISTIAN (46)

Barnes 16, Vick 9, Griffin 8, Harris 6, Hartsfield 4, Snead 3, Jones, Reece, Hunter, Tant, Carnes.

FAITH CHRISTIAN (41)

Mills 16, Lawhon 12, Miller 9, Taylor 4, Glover 2.

Score by quarters:

WCA 6 13 12 15 — 46

Faith Christian 15 2 14 10 — 41

Lady Cycs rout Crossroads 50-17

Behind a first-quarter shutout, the Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team seized an early advantage and never looked back in procuring a 50-17 victory over Henderson Crossroads Christian on Thursday night inside Barney Williamson Gym.

In a battle of former 1-A Carolina Christian Conference (now defunct) rivals, CCS (5-5) of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference was led by the 10 points of senior Anna Jackson.

Sophomore Cheyenne Gardner had nine and senior Morgan Lane chipped in eight. CCS owned a 21-4 advantage at halftime and a resounding 35-7 lead entering the fourth.

Following a two-week break, the Lady Cyclones will return to the floor for the North Hills Basketball Tournament in Salisbury, where CCS will open play against host North Hills Christian on the 28th.

CROSSROADS CHR. (17)

No scorers available.

CCS (50)

Jackson 10, Bissett 6, Bullard 4, Garner 5, Lane 8, Pate 4, Winstead 2, Gardner 9, Langley 2.

Score by quarters:

Crossroads Chr. 0 4 3 10 — 17

CCS 10 11 14 15 — 50

Poor 4th quarter dooms Ladybirds

ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team was denied a win in the Nash County Holiday Tournament as the result of a tough-luck 36-34 loss to Nash Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference in the Northern Nash High gym on Thursday evening.

The Ladybirds, who lost to Rocky Mount in Wednesday’s semifinal, suffered their 10th loss without a win.

Trailing 18-16 at halftime, Southern Nash of the 3-A Big East Conference surged to a 28-24 lead after three quarters. But for the third time this season, the Ladybirds were destined to defeat although holding the lead in the final quarter.

Senior Stacie Winner sparked the Southern Nash offense with 15 points, while Rayna Bailey scored eight.

SOUTHERN NASH (34)

Newkirk 2, Moore 2, Ruffin 2, McClaston 3, Baziley 8, Winner 15, Williams 2.

NASH CENTRAL (36)

Scoring not available.

Score by quarters:

Southern Nash 10 6 12 6 — 34

Nash Central 8 10 6 12 — 36

JUNIOR VARSITY

Sauls’ 3-pointer at the buzzer lifts Fike

ERWIN — Tionne Sauls sank a 3-pointer as time expired Thursday afternoon to give the Fike High girls basketball team a 34-31 victory at Erwin Triton.

Lindsey Curlings led Fike (6-3) with 11 points, including a trio of 3-point shots. Caitlyn Graziani added nine points for the Lady Golden Demons.

Fike will proceed into its holiday break and visits Beddingfield on Jan. 3.

Parker, Williams spark CCS romp

Shane Parker blistered the nets for 29 points and Jeremiah Williams fired in 15 to lead the undefeated Community Christian School boys basketball team to a 64-37 rout of Crossroads Christian of Henderson in Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf’s Barney Williamson Gym on Thursday evening.

The Cyclones romped to a 33-7 halftime lead in notching their eighth win without a loss.

CCS does not see action again until visiting Rocky Mount Academy on Jan. 9.

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