AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Knights’ defense leads the way past Wayne Christian

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GOLDSBORO — Securing half of its 24 turnovers forced in the second quarter, the Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team outpaced host Wayne Christian by 13 in that span, pulling away for a 61-49 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference victory on Tuesday night.

Junior Kaelyn Wall had a massive double-double of 29 points and 16 rebounds as the Lady Knights climbed to 7-3 and 2-0 within CPIC play. Serenity McNair, a seventh grader, tallied 20 points and five steals, while eighth-grader Jeallen Holland finished with eight points.

The key in the second quarter was a move to a man-to-man defense, head coach Bruce Wall said.

“We had a lot of steals that led to leak out layups,” Coach Wall noted.

Greenfield led 36-21 at the half and coasted the rest of the way.

Freshman Brianna Verme led Wayne Christian with 24 points.

The Lady Knights remain in CPIC play Friday night at Raleigh Friendship Christian.



Wall 29, Hassan 2, Stone 2, McNair 20, Holland 8.


H. Verme 24, Harrelson 12, Baldwin 3, Waters 2, K. Verme 6, Jackson 2.


Score by quarters:

Greenfield 13 23 15 10 61

Wayne Christian 11 10 17 11 49

Hunt defeated in league opener

ROCKY MOUNT — Personnel woes proved insurmountable in its 3-A Big East Conference opener for the Hunt High varsity girls basketball team that expects to contend for the conference championship.

The Lady Warriors dropped a 43-36 outcome to host Northern Nash on Tuesday evening.

Hunt was missing senior point guard Tatiana Smith because of an injury and senior post player Tyra Rushing because of school issues. Junior post performer Dylia Lucas was ejected in the third quarter. Head coach Tiffany Parks dealt with players out of position.

Also, junior Bria Griffith, the conference’s leading scorer, was limited to nine points. Griffith hit but 3-of-14 shots from the floor and 3-of-11 free throws. She claimed 11 rebounds.

Lucas provided seven points and seven rebounds. Freshman Ariyana Carlton scored eight points.

Playing for the first time in 2019, the Lady Warriors tumbled to 9-3. Northern Nash was also tipping off conference play.

Hunt continues Big East play at Rocky Mount on Friday.


HUNT (36)

Griffith 9, McNeil 1, Tucker 5, Carlton 8, Sutton 6, Lucas 7, Spells.


Wiggins 11 Tillery 3, Arrington 9, Evans 2, Spooner 3, Clark 2, Bobbitt 7, Hedgepeth 6.


Score by quarters:

Hunt 7 9 9 11 36

Northern Nash 9 10 11 13 43

Wake too Stout for Lady Chargers

GARNER — The Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team was unable to shut down senior Wake Christian guard Emma Stout in the rematch and was denied a season sweep with a 37-32 road loss Tuesday night.

The Lady Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks won by 20 points in the first meeting — when they limited Stout to six points. But Stout exploded for 26 Tuesday night and the Lady Bulldogs of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 4-A ranks dealt WCA its fourth loss against 10 wins.

Still, the score was knotted 32-32 when Lady Chargers junior Ashley Hartsfield nailed a 3-point shot with 38 seconds remaining.

However Stout promptly answered with her fifth 3-pointer. Wilson Christian was forced to foul and Wake added two points at the foul line.

“It was out our best effort, but Stout shot extremely well tonight,” said Wilson Christian head coach Brian Trull, who cited his team’s 22 turnovers and 4-of-15 performance at the foul line. The Lady Bulldogs converted 6-of-10 free throws.

Senior Christy Jones sparked the Lady Chargers with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wilson Christian welcomes Faith Christian of Ramseur on Friday evening.



Jones 12, Karns 4, Hartsfield 4, Vick 4, Gossett 3, Griffin 3, Barnes 2, Reams.


Stout 26, Woods 5, Buffaloe 2, Mills 2, Schwermann 2.


Score by quarters:

WCA 8 7 9 8 32

Wake Christian 10 5 8 14 37



Knights too much for Wayne Christian 

GOLDSBORO — Facing a 1-3-1 zone, the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team became a bit too perimeter oriented for head coach Rob Salter, but the Knights were able to convert turnovers into easy baskets and pull away for a comfortable 93-54 victory at 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference foe Wayne Christian on Tuesday night.

Junior Trey Pittman had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Knights (16-4, 2-0 CPIC), who placed five players — all juniors — in double figures.

Creighton Lebo tallied 19 points, while Jacari Outlaw, had 17 points and eight rebounds. Collin Guilford netted 12 points and Jahmi Foster 10.

The Knights carries a 48-32 lead into halftime and were up 76-48 entering the final quarter.

Jaydon Young had 25 points for Wayne Christian (7-6, 2-1 CPIC).

The Knights are at Raleigh Friendship Christian on Friday.



Pittman 21,Bailey 4, Guilford 12, Outlaw 17, Lebo 19, Lynch 6, Baker 4, Foster 10, Sessoms.


Waters 1, Bentley 5, Young 25, Brennan 2, Wallace 5, Johnson 2, Curry 14.


Score by quarters:

Greenfield 25 23 28 17 93

Wayne Christian 16 16 16 6 54

CCS falters in 4th, suffers 79-65 loss

HENDERSON — The visiting Community Christian School varsity boys basketball team faltered in the final quarter and dropped a 79-65 decision to Crossroads Christian on Tuesday.

The Cyclones stumbled to 9-7 despite 27 points from junior Jimmy Forte and 22 points and 10 rebounds from 6-foot-8 freshman Eric Wynn.

The teams were deadlocked 52-52 entering the fourth quarter. However, CCS struggled against the Colts’ half-court trap. They were especially unsuccessful in attempting long passes over the trap. The Cyclones were also plagued by missed free throws.

“I was not disappointed,” commented first-year CCS head coach Kenneth Atkinson. “They are a really good team and we played with them. I think we got tired and our big men got a little frustrated.”

Thomas Townes, at 6-6, stuffed in 26 points for the Colts. Jordan Overby and Cade Carlson each canned 12 points and Taylor Bell 11.

For the Cyclones, Atkinson commended the defensive play of reserve Noah Moran.

CCS welcomes Rocky Mount Academy on Monday in the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf gym.



Forte 27, McFarland, Wynn 22, Eger 6, Piccol 6, Lane, Moran 4.


Bell 11, Carlson 12, Fulk 9, Overby 12, Loyd 9, Townes 26.


Score by quarters:

CCS 17 14 21 13 65

Crossroads 18 16 18 27 79

Improving Chargers defeated at Wake

GARNER — Plagued by a poor third quarter, the visiting Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team bowed to Wake Christian, a 4-A member of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, for the second time this season by a 56-41 count Tuesday night.

Nonetheless, defeat reflected recent improvement for the Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks. In the first meeting at Wilson Christian, first-year head coach Kevin Zander’s Chargers lost by 45 points.

Wilson Christian (5-9) cut a 11-6 deficit after one quarter to 23-22 at halftime. However, the Bulldogs outscored Wilson Christian 21-6 in the third quarter.

Top Wilson Christian scorers were Harrison Parker and Zach Hunter with 12 points each.

Leading the Bulldogs (6-10) were Colton Tew with 19 points, Syvon Holland with 15 and Steven Diggs with 11.

The Chargers welcome Faith Christian of Ramseur on Friday night.



Murray 6, Dehart, Parker 12, Blalock 2, Hunter 12, Denmark, Melvin 2, Thompson 7.


Holland 15, Diggs 11, Tew 19, Bright 5, Algood 4, Partin 2.


Score by quarters:

WCA 6 16 6 13 41

Wake Christian 11 12 21 12 56



Fike’s Bancroft, Bullock win titles 

BENSON — Aaron Bancroft and Jayleen Bullock secured championships in their respective weight classes, and the Fike High wrestling team recorded five placers in Saturday’s Wildcat Invitational, hosted by West Johnston.

Bancroft, at 160 pounds, was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the event, while Settles reigned in the 195-pound category in leading the Golden Demons to a fifth-place finish among 14 teams. Joseph Speight turned in a runner-up performance at 182 pounds, Jahmez Settles was third at 106 and Saulo Rodriguez finished fourth in the 285-pound division.

After recording pins in the quarterfinals and semis, Bancroft wrestled Chris Jones of Apex Middle Creek to a 4-3 decision in the finals. Bullock, who earned a first-round bye as well as Bancroft, pinned Chase Barham of West Johnston and Clayton’s Amari Williams, the latter coming in the third period.

However, Bullock did not need extended time to end his championship opponent, requiring just 34 seconds to pin Western Harnett’s Eja Hagwood.

Speight dashed to the finals at 182 by pinning Cleveland’s Gabriel Jones and Seung Choe of Cary Green Hope. In the finals, he suffered a slim 3-2 decision loss at the hands of Western Harnett’s Xavier Jackson.

Settles secured third place by blanking Green Hope’s Cole Furrie in a 2-0 outcome, while at 285, Rodriguez battled back in the consolation semifinal before losing 5-1 to Erwin Triton’s Michael Carvin in the third-place match.

“Overall, I didn’t think that we wrestled that well,” Fike coach Bradley Watson said. “Many improvements to be made. However, I am very pleased with freshman Andrew Woodard (113 pounds) despite going 0-2.  He has shown a lot of improvement in a short time.  Also Patrick Mccullen wrestled very well, making his debut at 138.  Jahmez Settles had an impressive performance beating the top-ranked guy in his bracket twice in the same day.  Once in the championship round, and also again to take third.”



Lady Chargers pull away from Wake

GARNER — Leading 10-8 at halftime, the Wilson Christian Academy girls basketball team pulled away to a 30-18 victory at Wake Christian on Tuesday.

The Lady Chargers upped their record to 6-5 behind nine points from Haley Carns and six each from Paige Barnes and Katelyn Parker.

Tigers get 10th win, rout Southern Wake

HOLLY SPRINGS — Junior Matt Scott poured in 16 points and sophomore Jashaun Taft added 10 to lead the Wilson Prep boys basketball team to its 10th victory against four losses with a 68-39 victory at Southern Wake Academy.

The Tigers, who led 33-12 at halftime, recorded 25 steals, five coming from junior Daushaun Williams. Sophomore Malik Bryant and junior Darius Coley added four.

Wilson Prep is at Raleigh Word of God on Thursday.

CCS clipped by Faith Christian

The Community Christian School girls basketball team fell on the short end of a low-scoring affair Monday afternoon in dropping a 9-7 decision to Faith Christian of Rocky Mount inside Barney Williamson Gym on the campus of Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf.

Freshman Lexi Gardner had three points for CCS (2-6), which lost its third straight contest. Eighth-grader Abigail Jackson and freshman Ashley Abrams tallied two points each.

CCS hosts Our Lady of Perpetual Help of Rocky Mount on Friday.