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AREA ROUNDUP: Knights suffer back-to-back losses

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After seeing its four-game winning streak halted Friday in a battle of the top two ranked varsity boys basketball teams in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A ranks, Greenfield suffered a 79-66 loss Saturday to Winston-Salem Mount Tabor in the North Carolina Scholastic Classic in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Fieldhouse.

The Knights, in losing consecutive games for just the second time this season, dropped to 17-8. Greenfield, the second-ranked team in NCISAA 1-A by MaxPreps.com, lost a 73-71 heartbreaker Friday at No. 1 Trinity Christian in Fayetteville.

“Saturday we looked like we were in slow motion, I don’t know if it was a hangover from a tough loss the night before but it was one of our worst efforts of the year,” Knights head coach Rob Salter said. “We just didn’t look like we were ready to play.”

With sophomore guard Jacari Outlaw sidelined with an ankle injury and guards Bryson Baker and Benson Jones out with the flu, the Knights struggled against the Spartans of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A ranks. Mount Tabor (15-3) opened up a 10-point halftime lead and were in control until the Knights rallied to trim the margin to 67-61 with about three minutes left.

“But we were running on fumes,” Salter said.

Senior Coby White, who was named to the McDonald’s All-America team Tuesday, led Greenfield with 25 points while classmate Elijah McCadden had 23 points. Mount Tabor was paced by senior captain Isaiah Wilkins with 23 points.

In Friday’s game, Crusaders junior Au’diese Toney’s tip-in at the buzzer was the difference. Toney and junior Talton Jones each scored 20 to lead Trinity Christian (15-5), which was without junior Joey Baker, who has committed to Duke.

White led the Knights with 20 points while sophomores Trey Pittman and Dji Bailey had 16 and 14 points, respectively. McCadden added 13 points.

Greenfield will return to Coastal Plain Independents Conference play Tuesday at Pope John Paul II in Greenville before heading to Lexington, Virginia, for a pair of games in the Rock the Ribbon Shootout on Friday and Saturday. The Knights then wrap up their regular season with games Feb. 1 at home against Trinity Christian and Feb. 2 at CPIC rival Wayne Country Day. Salter said he still hopes to reschedule the Jan. 6 game against Cape Fear Christian that was snowed out.

SATURDAY

GREENFIELD (66)

White 25, McCadden 23, Bailey 8, Baker 4, Pittman 6, Andreasen.

MOUNT TABOR (79)

Paige 6, Aldridge 13, And. Muse 5, Moore 16, Wilkins 23, Smit, Bullard 16.

Score by quarters:

Greenfield13131921—66

Mount Tabor19172419—79


FRIDAY

GREENFIELD (71)

White 20, McCadden 13, Bailey 14, Baker 8, Pittman 16, Andreasen.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN (73)

Jones 20, Toney 20, Gantt 9, Marshall 9, Ginyard 9, Miller 5, Herbert 1, Dillone.

Score by quarters:

Greenfield26201114—71

Trinity Christian17191621—73

 

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SWE rips Tarboro after losing to NP

After a 76-55 2-A Eastern Plains Conference loss Monday, Jan. 15, at North Pitt that ended the SouthWest Edgecombe varsity girls winning streak at seven games, the Lady Cougars regained their footing with a 58-15 nonconference win Saturday at Tarboro.

SouthWest, now 9-4 overall, was led by sophomore Bailey Davis with 18 points against the 1-A Coastal Plain Conference Lady Vikings (5-8) while senior Shayla Ellis and freshman Alonee Smallwood each recorded a double-double. Ellis had 15 points and 13 rebounds to go with four steals while Smallwood totaled 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Jada Battle dealt 10 assists along with four points, four rebounds and four steals.

In Monday’s loss at North Pitt, the Lady Cougars fell behind quickly and trailed 22-6 after one quarter.

“We came out and looked jittery and missed a couple of easy shots that would have made it a lot better at that point,” said SWE head coach Sandra Langley, whose team dropped to 2-1 in Eastern Plains play.

That was more than enough for the Lady Panthers, who were led by senior Nyjanique Langley’s 28 points while junior Tamia Frizzell drained six 3-pointers on her way to 20 points. North Pitt, with Friday’s home win against Farmville Central, stands 13-4 overall and 3-1 in EPC games.

Davis and Ellis each had 18 points for the Lady Cougars while freshman Natyshasai McKinney added nine points. Ellis also had eight rebounds, four steals and four assists.

The Lady Cougars are off until Friday when they tip off a critical five-game stretch by welcoming North Pitt. SouthWest then hosts Beddingfield in a make-up game Saturday. While the Lady Bruins are in last place currently, Langley said: “You can’t count Beddingfield out. We seem to bring out the best in Beddingfield no matter what their record is.”

SATURDAY

SW EDGECOMBE (58)

Davis 18, Ellis 15, Smallwood 12, Lewis 1, Battle 4, Glass, N. McKinney 6, Williams 2, A. McKinney.

TARBORO (15)

Barnes 6, Brake 3, Everette 2, Sherrod 2, Jones 2.

Score by quarters:

SW Edgecombe10171714—58

Tarboro6324—15

 

MONDAY

SW EDGECOMBE (55)

Davis 18, Ellis 18, Smallwood 6, Battle 2, N. McKinney 9, Williams, A. McKinney 2.

NORTH PITT (76)

Langley 28, Kerns, Watson 9, Hines 10, Williams 9, Frizzell 20.

Score by quarters:

SW Edgecombe6251311—55

North Pitt22251514—76

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