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MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Lady Cougars pull out a thriller vs. Forest Hills to stay unbeaten

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Things didn’t look good for the Speight girls basketball team against Forest Hills in a battle of unbeaten teams Wednesday.

Lady Cougars leading scorer Daneesha Briggs was injured after being fouled in the act of shooting with Speight down a point in the final minute. Briggs, who already had 20 points, including 5 of 5 from the foul line, had to exit the game and her replacement, T’Johnna Harris, had to shoot her free throws.

No problem.

Harris sank both foul shots and the Lady Cougars hung on for the 39-38 victory, their fifth without a loss.

Briggs was able to return to the floor after Forest Hills took a timeout but the Lady Bucks’ last shot missed its mark.

Briggs added 11 rebounds and four blocked shot for Speight while Keyarah Hinnant had six points and seven rebounds and Reji Pender added six points.

Forest Hills was led by Kailyn Adams’ 20 points.

Speight goes right back at it Thursday as the Lady Cougars visit Darden.

Lady Vikings defeat Darden

Host Elm City held Darden scoreless in the first quarter on the way to a 22-14 girls basketball victory Wednesday.

The Lady Vikings opened up a 10-0 lead after one quarter and stayed in front the rest of the way as they improved to 2-3 while the Lady Trojans remained winless through four games.

Connie Pleasants had eight points for Elm City while Mesha Strickland added seven points. Darden was led by A. Farmer with nine points.

Trojans pummel Vikings to reach 5-0

Behind double-doubles from Tydavian Thorne and Johntavious Murray, the Darden boys basketball team remained unbeaten through five games with a 54-34 thumping of Elm City on Wednesday.

Thorne had 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks while Murray recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Julian Ellis added five points and five steals for the Trojans.

The Vikings, who suffered their first loss after four wins, were led by Drew Pittman’s 11 points while Bryson Summerlin added eight points.

Darden will play Speight while Elm City welcomes Toisnot on Thursday.

All Tigers score in romp over SWA

All 13 players scored for the Wilson Prep boys basketball team Tuesday in a 55-13 romp over visiting Southern Wake Academy.

Micah Buck was the only scorer in double digits for the Tigers, who raced to a 22-1 lead after one quarter. Buck netted 10 points while Dylan Skinner tossed in eight points.

 

WPA girls lose to Southern Wake

Wilson Prep came up on the short end of a 36-20 girls basketball outcome against visiting Southern Wake Academy on Tuesday.

Brianna Sigurdason and Niiyana Edwards each scored five points to pace the Lady Tigers.

Wilson Christian falls to Lighthouse

The record for the Wilson Christian Academy girls basketball team dropped to 8-2 with a 39-20 loss to Lighthouse on Tuesday.

The Lady Chargers were led by Gracie Farmer with 10 points and Chloe Vallaverde with six.

Top Lighthouse scorers were Anna Hendrix with 13 points, Allie Bashan with nine and Audrey Hendrix with eight.

Both the WCA Blue and Gold squads play Thursday, with the Gold visiting Greenville Christian and the Blue traveling to Friendship Christian.

Wilson Prep drubs Winterville Charter 

The Wilson Prep boys basketball team held Winterville Charter without a second-quarter point, winning its 13th game in as many outings Monday afternoon with a 32-18 victory.

Micah Buck had 12 points to lead the Tigers as Jamarion Davis added six. 

WPA visits the Raleigh Hawks on Friday.

Second quarter keys Lady Tigers to win

A 14-2 spurt in the second quarter overcame an early deficit and sent the Wilson Prep girls basketball team to a 27-16 victory over Winterville Charter on Monday afternoon.

Brianna Sigurdason paced the Lady Tigers (4-6) with nine points. Layla Bass, Niiyana Edwards and Jaylene McGhee all tacked on six points each.

Wilson Prep hosts Thales Academy on Friday, Jan. 18.

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