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GREENSBORO — The Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team experienced success in its first neutral-court game of the season Friday afternoon, using 26 points from junior Creighton Lebo in a 71-58 win over Sanford Grace Christian in the Phenom Hoops National High School Showcase at Greensboro Day School.
Greenfield, a 1-A member of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, was without the services of junior point guard Dji Bailey due to hip soreness and classmate Jacari Outlaw because of a family emergency.
Lebo tallied 26 points and added five steals on the defensive end for the Knights (2-1), with junior Trey Pittman tossing in 20 points and nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double. Two additional Knights finished in double figures as junior Collin Guilford had 14 points. Junior Jordan Lynch added 10.
The Knights return to action Monday night, facing Community Christian at Barney Williamson Gym on the campus of Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.
Forte goes for 62 in CCS runaway
Junior Jimmy Forte thrived in the pressure environment put forth by head coach Kenneth Atkinson and the Community Christian School varsity boys basketball team Friday night.
So much so, he single-handedly outscored the evening’s opponent in Winterville Christ Covenant.
Forte connected on seven 3-pointers and had nine steals, on his way to a massive 62-point display as the Cyclones (2-2) owned a 15-point lead after one quarter and coasted to the 93-52 win in the 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference opener for CCS in ENCSD’s Barney Williamson Gym.
Junior Christian McFarland had nine points and six steals, while Jeremiah Williams, a freshman tallied six points, four blocks and 19 rebounds.
The Cyclones play host to Greenfield on Monday in Williamson Gym.
CHRIST COVENANT (52)
Evans 23, Furlough 12, Myers 5, Stryon 3, Aja 4.
Forte 62, McFarland 9, Piccolo 7, Williams 6, Manning 2, Lane, Williams 5, Moran 2
Score by quarters:
Christ Covenant 14 11 16 11 — 52
CCS 29 28 20 16 — 93
WCA drops to 0-3, foiled by Flight
A slow start in a zone defense proved to be too much for the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team to overcome Friday night in a 67-48 loss at the hands of Durham Flight Homeschool.
Wilson Christian of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East ranks fell behind 27-9 after one quarter and dropped to 0-3 in the first season of head coach Kevin Zander.
Senior Brice Murray led the way with 18 points, while junior Harrison Parker had eight. Seniors Zack Denmark and Andrew Blalock chipped in six points each. The Chargers trailed 40-24 at halftime.
“Our guys played extremely tough,” Xander said. “I felt like we were in it the whole game — we couldn’t get enough rebounds and had too many turnovers to stop a very talented Flight team.”
WCA is home to Wake Christian on Tuesday.
DURHAM FLIGHT (67)
Payton 7, Knight 10, Tyler 25, Webb 12, Motley 8, Boes 5,
WILSON CHRISTIAN (48)
Murray 18, Hunter 4, Parker 8, DeHart 2, Denmark 6, Blalock 6, Frienden 2, Thompson 2, Paul, Little,
Score by quarters:
Durham Flight 27 13 20 7 — 67
Wilson Christian 9 15 14 10 — 48
WPA freshmen win first two games
ROCKY MOUNT — Micah Buck’s 14 points gunned the visiting Wilson Preparatory Academy freshman boys basketball team to a 34-9 win against Faith Christian on Tuesday.
The Tigers outscored their Rocky Mount foe 18-0 in the first half. WPA launched its season with a 44-28 conquest of DASH United. The Tigers outscored United 26-14 in the second half.
Triggering the Wilson Prep offense were Buck with 17 points and Zion White with 12.
Lady Chargers speed to 4-0 start
One night after a short, grind-it-rotation netted a tough victory over Sanford Grace Christian, the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team loosened the reins Friday night in pulling away for a 59-21 victory over Durham Flight Homeschool.
Eleven different players scored for Wilson Christian of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East ranks, now unbeaten through four games. The Lady Chargers, who turned it over just nine times, led 13-3 after one quarter and extended the margin to 33-9 at the half.
WCA’s defense didn’t permit Durham Flight to get double digits in any quarter and stayed under 10 turnovers for the second time in its four games.
“It was a solid performance all the way around,” Wilson Christian head coach Brian Trull said. “After an emotional game (Thursday) night, I thought we responded well.”
Senior Caitlyn Barnes led the way with 12 points, while classmate Christy Jones tallied a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds. It was the second game for Jones with double-digit boards this season.
WCA is home to ancient rival Wake Christian on Tuesday night.
DURHAM FLIGHT (21)
Azcoma 8, Daye 6, Garner 5, Jennings 2.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (59)
Barnes 12, Jones 10, Carnes 8, Griffin 8, Parker 6, Gossett 4, Tant 3, Petty 3, Hartsfield 2, Reams 2, Vick 1, K. Reece.
Score by quarters:
Durham Flight 3 6 6 6 — 21
Wilson Christian 13 20 17 9 — 59
CCS girls hold off Christ Covenant
Turning up the defensive pressure was the right call for the Community Christian varsity girls basketball team Friday night as the Lady Cyclones rallied to beat visiting Christ Covenant 35-30.
It was the first 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference game for both teams.
CCS, which rose to 2-0 after the win at Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf’s Williamson Gym, had to back off pressure defense after getting into early foul trouble, head coach Mark Kent said.
But trailing at the start of the fourth quarter, Kent signaled to turn on the pressure again.
“We just turned up the D because the strength of our team is our defense,” he said.
Alexis Langley, a 6-foot center, had 10 points to go with eight rebounds and seven blocks for CCS. Olivia Walker added nine points for the Lady Cyclones, who will host Greenfield on Monday at ENCSD.
Olivia Entzminger had a game-high 15 points for the Spartans, who dropped to 0-3.
CHRIST COVENANT (30)
Kirk 8, Crabtree 7, Entzminger 15, Hollenbaugh, Draper, Simpson, Keesler, Seyler, Jones.
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (35)
Lenhart 6, Strange 3, Langley 10, Manning 1, Walker 9, Gardner 3, Webb 3, Lee.
Score by quarters:
Christ Covenant 8 7 7 8 — 30
CCS 5 8 8 14 — 35
WCA girls reach 4-0, defeat Flight
Hailey Carnes and Katelyn Parker each bucketed eight points to send the Wilson Christian girls basketball team to a 40-24 triumph over Durham Flight on Friday night.
WCA remained unbeaten at 4-0 with the victory.
Chargers fall to Durham Flight, 35-13
The Wilson Christian boys basketball team remained winless through three games Friday with a 35-13 loss to Durham Flight.
Dylan Farmer had five points for the Chargers, who host Wake Christian on Tuesday.
3-0 Lady Chargers clip Grace, 31-21
SANFORD — The visiting Wilson Christian Academy girls basketball team forged a 21-10 halftime margin en route to a 31-21 conquest of Grace Christian on Thursday.
The Lady Chargers vaulted to 3-0 behind 10 points from Katelyn Parker and six from Sophia Nesbit.
WPA escapes with overtime triumph
HOLLISTER — The visiting Wilson Preparatory School boys basketball team foiled Haliwa-Saponi Tribal’s comeback bid with a 6-5 overtime edge that resulted in a 48-47 victory Tuesday.
Trailing 35-31, Tribal outscored the Tigers 11-7 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Eleven Wilson Prep players scored, led by Devyn Bullock and Jashaun Taft with seven points each.
4th-quarter burst sparks Wilson Prep
The Wilson Preparatory Academy boys basketball team outscored host Faith Christian 15-4 in the final quarter to pull away to a 49-33 triumph Wednesday.
Triggering the Tigers attack were Daushaun Williams with 13 points, Cameron Bryant with 12 and Majesty Felder with 11. Bryant claimed seven rebounds and Zuri Cotton six.
Cyclones lose to Cresset Christian
The Community Christian School boys basketball team saw its record evened at 1-1 with a 45-32 loss to visiting Cresset Christian of Durham in Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf’s Barney Williamson Gym on Thursday. Pacing the Cyclones were Landon Beamon with 15 points and Rylan Gay with seven.
CCS welcomes Greenfield on Monday at ENCSD.