AREA ROUNDUP: Greenfield girls rally past Pungo for 1st playoff win since 2011

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Down 17 points and losing sight of Belhaven Pungo Academy, the Greenfield School girls basketball team stuck to the process in Tuesday’s opening round of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A playoffs.

With five minutes remaining and Pungo shredding the Lady Knights’ zone with pinpoint passing, head coach Bruce Wall elected to remain in the zone defense that has been the backbone of his six-player roster.

Eventually, those passing windows closed. Pungo continued to settle for jump shots as the margin dwindled, and Kaelyn Wall’s rebound and coast-to-coast layup with 39 seconds remaining put Greenfield up to stay on the way to a 45-41 win, the Lady Knights’ first postseason victory since 2011.

Greenfield evened its record at 10-10 and will face Coastal Plain Independents Conference archrival Wayne Country Day on Thursday in the second round. Pungo, representing the Tarheel Conference, finished its season at 18-5.

Kaelyn Wall tallied a monster double-double, netting 27 points and pulling down 15 rebounds despite not tallying a point in the first quarter.

“We truly started the program over three years ago when we didn’t have a team,” Bruce Wall said. “We completed the season with six players, sometimes five and no subs and two seventh graders playing the whole season. It’s amazing to watch how far they’ve come.”


Allen 10, Spencer 19, Hodge 2, Edmondson 2, Cutler 2, Spencer 4, Ricks 2.


Holland 2, Howard 2, Brittle 4, Stone 8, Hassan 2, Wall 27.

Score by quarters:

Pungo Acad.1113116—41



CCS season ended by Ridgecroft

AHOSKIE — Despite taking a four-point lead into halftime during Tuesday’s opening round game of the NCISAA 1-A playoffs, the Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team succumbed to the rebounding and speed of host Ridgecroft in the second half as the Lady Cyclones were eliminated from the postseason with a 48-41 defeat.

CCS, which saw five seniors play their final games, finished its season at 15-10 in the first year under head coach Mark Kent, giving CCS the most victories in program history. Ridgecroft improved to 13-8 and will take on No. 6 seed Halifax Academy in the second round.

Morgan Lane had 16 points to lead CCS in her final game. Anna Jackson, another senior, had 10 points. Also playing their final games were Whitney Bissette, Olivia Bullard and Greyson Winstead.

CCS (41)

Jackson 10, Bissette 1, Bullard 6, Garner 3, Lane 16, Langley 5, Gardner, Winstead.


King 13, S. Lane 6, Rose 21, E. Lane 5, Boone 2, Daley 1.

Score by quarters:



Mobley’s 37 lift Lady Tigers to playoff win

FAYETTEVILLE — Wilson Preparatory Academy secured the first playoff victory in its varsity girls basketball history Tuesday night on the road with a 63-27 win at Alpha Academy.

Sophomore Trinity Mobley led the way with 37 points for the Lady Tigers, seeded No. 5 in the Carolina’s Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Division I playoffs. They will next play Durham Mount Zion Christian, the No. 1 seed, on Thursday. Alpha Academy entered as the No. 4 seed.

Junior Haley Waddell finished one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 14 rebounds. Tyana Watkins, a junior, als had nine points.

Lady Warriors falter at Franklinton 55-44

FRANKLINTON — Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

The Hunt High varsity girls basketball team, after a 7-0 start to the 3-A Big East Conference portion of the schedule, dropped its second straight conference game Tuesday in a 55-44 defeat at Franklinton.

Hunt fell to 14-7 overall and 7-2 in conference play ahead of Thursday’s regular-season finale at home against archrival Fike. The Lady Warriors, after going into halftime tied at 22 against the Red Rams (14-7, 5-4 Big East), were outscored 33-22 in the second half.

Thus, a pivotal game arrives Thursday. Hunt will either clinch its first outright conference title since 1985 or cede the conference’s top seed in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association postseason to the Lady Golden Demons. Fike would own the head-to-head sweep over Hunt with a victory.

Score by quarters:



Lady Chargers humbled by Alamance 55-30

GRAHAM — A potential preview of a state-playoff matchup did not go well for the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team in a 55-30 loss at Alamance Christian to end the regular season Tuesday night.

The Lady Chargers, seeded No. 1 in the East Region for the upcoming North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A playoffs, dropped to 16-12 while the Lady Warriors, No. 1 from the West, improved to 21-3.

WCA head coach Brian Trull said the nonconference finale was meant to give both teams a look at the other with the chance they would meet again in the state tournament.

“I hope so. That’s why we play this game,” Trull said. “They took it to us tonight. They were better than us.”

Having already lost sophomore guard Ashley Hartsfield for the season, the Lady Chargers were with sophomore point guard Olivia Vick at less than 100 percent after coming off an illness. Wilson Christian, which trailed just 11-10 after one quarter, was outscored 38-15 in the second and third quarters. Trull cited 19 turnovers as a factor in the loss as well as his team taking just nine free throws to 25 attempts by Alamance Christian.

“That was not the officiating, that was just them being more aggressive,” he said.

Sophomore Madison Carnes led WCA with 10 points while junior McKenna Griffin had nine points. Savannah Congdon’s 20 point paced the Lady Warriors.

Wilson Christian will host Greenville Christian in the first round of the NCCSA 2-A playoffs Friday evening.


Carnes 10, Griffin 9, Hunter 6, Barnes 2, Tant 2, Vick 1, Jones, Harris, Reams, Reece.


Congdon 20, Edwards 16, Hal. Ingle 6, Han. Ingle 10, Fincannon 3.

Score by quarters:

Wilson Christian10875—30

Alamance Christian1118206—55

Lady Falcons ousted at New Bern

NEW BERN — A spirited second-half rally fell short for the C.B. Aycock varsity girls basketball team as the Lady Falcons’ season ended with a 37-33 loss at New Bern in the first round of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament Tuesday.

The 3-A Lady Falcons, the fifth seed, finished with a 4-17 record while the 4-A and No. 4-seeded Lady Bears advance to Wednesday’s semifinals game at No. 1 South Central with a 10-13 mark.

Seniors Cassandra Lassiter and Hannah Vinson led CBA with seven points each.

C.B. AYCOCK (33)

Smith 5, Lassiter 7, Vinson 7, Spruill 4, Thomas 6, Parrish 4.


No scoring information provided.

Score by quarters:

C.B. Aycock471111—33

New Bern99910—37


Bruins beat NJ to reach EPC semifinals

BETHEL — Youth and experience blended together for the Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team to reach the semifinal round of the 2018 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tournament Monday night.

While seniors Tobias Cooper and Octavius Lacey were steady in their own right, freshman Mike Best contributed 17 points on a trio of 3-pointers as the Bruins earned a third meeting with regular-season champion Farmville Central following a 74-64 victory over North Johnston at North Pitt.

Beddingfield, the No. 4 seed, improved to 9-12 and will take on the top-seeded Jaguars (17-3) on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Farmville.

Two seniors led North Johnston, with Kameron Williams (25 points) and Trey Whitley (12 points) landing in double figures for the Panthers.

Beddingfield, ranked No. 74 in the latest 2-A MaxPreps computer rankings, will face a Farmville Central team that prevailed handily in a pair of regular-season meetings. The Jaguars, who are No. 8 by the same MaxPreps metric, won 64-45 on Jan. 24 at Beddingfield and stampeded to a 94-50 victory in Farmville on Feb. 6.


Cooper 26, Lacey 10, Wooten 2, Artis 4, Brantley 2, Best 17, Blackston 5, Wilder 8.


Williams 25, Vann 3, Hinnant 7, Stancil 9, Broadway 2, Whitley 12, Faye 6.

Score by quarters:


North Johnston1481824—64

Chargers fire away, scorch Alamance 67-45

GRAHAM — Bolstered by a 52-percent showing from the field and a 13-for-18 display in the third quarter, the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team placed a pleasurable bow on its regular season Tuesday night on the road with a 67-45 victory over Alamance Christian.

WCA (16-12) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 ranks picked up 25 points from senior David Peele, who knocked down five 3-pointers. Taking a 32-25 lead into halftime, WCA blistered Alamance in the third quarter with a 27-point display and led 59-37 entering the final quarter.

Senior Jay Grissom tallied a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds as Zach Hunter, a junior, had 10 points and eight assists. Senior Joel Attoe was the fourth Charger in double figures, netting 11 points.

The Chargers begin play in the NCCSA 2-A playoffs Friday night, hosting Greenville Christian.


Hunter 10, Peele 25, Grissom 10, Attoe 11, Forte 8, Paul 3, Parker, McFarland, Blalock, Murray, Little.


White 9, Barga 5, Ellington 7, Funk 6, Latour 2, Borrer 4, Stutts 12.

Score by quarters:

Wilson Christian1913278—67

Alamance Christian196128—45

Falcons eliminated by Conley

WINTERVILLE — C.B. Aycock fell behind in the first quarter and couldn’t catch host D.H. Conley, losing 58-48 to the Vikings in the opening round of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference boys basketball tournament Tuesday night.

The No. 6-seeded Golden Falcons concluded their season 9-14 while No. 3 Conley takes a 14-11 mark into Thursday’s semifinals matchup against No. 2 J.H. Rose at South Central.

Senior Rakilen Butler had 15 points for CBA while classmates Eli Batts and Tayquan Hampton netted 12 points and 11 points, respectively.

Score by quarters:

C.B. Aycock10111314—48

D.H. Conley19101316—58

Hornets close with loss at NEC Prep

TARBORO — A 17-2 run to open the second half broke open a close contest and doomed the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf boys basketball team to a 71-53 defeat at North East Carolina Prep.

ENCSD, which led 33-32 at halftime, pulled to within nine following the surge from the hosts, but came no closer.

Jeremiah Deans led the Hornets, who finished with a record of 13-5, with 27 points on his way to a double-double. Deans added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Alfonza Robinson had 17 points for ENCSD to go along with five assists and five boards.

“All in all, a decent year for this team,” Hornets head coach Leonard Baker said. “Lose three seniors, one starter.”

Josh Eason tallied seven points and nine rebounds.

ENCSD (53)

Robinson 17, Vargus 2, Deans 27, Eason 7, Brayboy, Foote, McLaughlin.


Richardson 10, Alexander 10, Smith, Zagir, Cohen 2, Wallace 8, Thomas 4.

Score by quarters:


NEC Prep12202415—71