MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Chargers steal one at the buzzer over Halifax Academy

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ROANOKE RAPIDS — After being down 23-14 at the half, the Wilson Christian boys basketball team came back and defeated host Halifax Academy 39-36 on Thursday afternoon.

Facing the deficit at halftime, the Chargers (7-8) went to a full-court pressure to try to force some extra turnovers and tire out the seven Vikings — and it worked. Wilson Christan was down one with a minute left when Seth Quinn received a pass from Hunter Lewis inside the paint. Quinn converted the layup for his seventh point and a 37-36 lead.

After a defensive stop, Bill Clark made two free throws to increase Wilson Christian’s lead to the final margin. 

Clark finished with five points, seven rebounds and seven steals. David Greene also chipped in seven points.

The Chargers will await Raleigh Christian at home Tuesday.

WCA splits day-night doubleheader

Basketball doubleheaders by a single team on the same day are rare, but the Wilson Christian girls experienced such Thursday.

After ekeing out a 22-20 win at Halifax Academy in the afternoon, the Lady Chargers returned home and absorbed a 30-21 loss to the New Life Storm at night.

Against the Storm, WCA (9-7) was led by the 12 points of Gracie Farmer. Holland Miller added six. Versus Halifax, Farmer led the way with eight points. Chloe Villaverde netted seven.

Darden reaches 8-0 with victory

Johntavious Wright had 18 points and five rebounds Thursday to help keep the Darden boys basketball team unbeaten with a 60-24 victory over visiting West Edgecombe.

Julian Ellis added nine points and four assists for the Trojans (8-0). Kendrick Artis had five points.

Darden is on the road at Toisnot on Wednesday.

Vikings edged by S. Edgecombe

The Elm City girls basketball team roared back in the third quarter to take a lead entering the fourth, but the Lady Vikings could only muster two points in the final period en route to a 32-26 loss to unbeaten South Edgecombe on Thursday.

Mallory Jenkins had seven points for the Lady Vikings (3-5), while Kelsey Miller added five. South Edgecombe, paced by Jer’Lisa Pridgen’s 17 points, remained unbeaten through eight games.

Elm City hosts Speight on Tuesday.

Speight crushes Springfield 41-7

With the tandem of Daneesha Briggs and Keyarah Hinnant, the Speight girls basketball team breezed to a 41-7 win over Springfield on Thursday.

Briggs totaled up 17 points, six rebounds and three blocks as the Lady Cougars won their sixth game without a loss. 

Hinnant had 14 points, three rebounds and four steals.

The Lady Cougars will be back in action Wednesday at Elm City.

Forest Hills defeats Toisnot 33-18

The Forest Hills girls basketball team used 14 points from Ti’Asia Taylor and 13 from Kaitlyn Adams to record a 33-18 win over visiting Toisnot on Thursday, giving the Lady Bucks a 6-1 start to their season.

Jayla Daniels had eight points for Toisnot (1-7).

Forest Hills is at West Edgecombe on Wednesday as Toisnot hosts Darden.