AREA ROUNDUP: Chargers climb to .500 with homecoming victory

Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.


With a surge that has seen the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team win nine of its last 11 contests, the Chargers evened their record after an 0-7 start to the season with a resounding 70-44 victory over Goldsboro Faith Christian on Friday night.

With the Chargers observing homecoming festivities, WCA (9-9) overcame early foul trouble to seniors Zach Hunter and Brice Murray to take a 33-26 lead into halftime. Head coach Kevin Zander credited the Chargers’ help defense in opening up a 47-33 lead entering the fourth period.

“Our team was focused on the task at hand and executed well throughout the game with good ball movement and strong defense,” Zander said. “The first quarter was slower paced as Faith did a good job controlling the boards and getting second chances. As the defensive intensity increased, we were able to keep the ball from getting down low and opened up a large lead by the third.”

Junior Harrison Parker had 11 points as the third Wilson Christian player in double figures.

Faith Christian, in dropping a game that won’t count in the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East standings, departed 4-10.

WCA is at Rocky Mount New Life Christian on Tuesday.



Miller 5, Voeller 2, Pittman 10, Ford 15, Conlon 2, Reese 2, Hill 1, Woodard 3.


Murray 17, Dehart 4, Parker 11, Hunter 23, Blalock, Thompson 6, Paul 3, Melvin 2, Peacock 5.


Score by quarters:

Faith Christian 12 14 7 11 44

Wilson Christian 12 21 14 23 70


Knights outlast archrival Chargers in double OT

GOLDSBORO — Another classic installment in the Greenfield-Wayne Country Day varsity boys basketball rivalry played out Friday night in WCD’s gymnasium.

With the Knights holding a six-point lead with a minute left in regulation, missed foul shots and turnovers allowed Wayne Country Day to get back into it, and a 3-pointer from senior Bryson Baker to win the game was off the mark, forcing overtime.

But following a 3-pointer from junior Collin Guilford with two seconds remaining in the first overtime, the Knights outpaced the Chargers 9-2 in the fourth quarter to eke out an 85-78 victory.

Greenfield secured its 20th win against four losses and improved to 5-0 against 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference opposition. Wayne Country Day fell to 11-9 in all games, 2-2 within the CPIC.

“It was a typical Wayne Country Day-Greenfield rivalry game,” Greenfield head coach Rob Salter said. “We found a way to win.”

Junior Jacari Outlaw led the way for Greenfield with a double-double, bucketing 24 points and 10 rebounds. Trey Pittman, a junior, added a  double-double of 16 points ad 11 rebounds. In addition to his game-tying 3-pointer in overtime, Guilford finished with 15 points and eight assists. 

Creighton Lebo was the fourth Knight in double figures with 13 points. Greenfield was without junior point guard Dji Bailey.

Buoyed by Outlaw, Greenfield was 14 for 22 from the free-throw line. 

Salter said the Knights were “glad” to get into overtime, and once Guilford sank his 3-pointer to force a second extra period, noted that Greenfield received its extra wind.

“We made plays in the second overtime,” Salter said. “We showed some toughness.”

Greenfield will have little time to recover, as it hosts West Carteret on Saturday afternoon in the BSN Classic.

Tracy Whitfield’s 24 points led Wayne Country Day.



Baker 4, Guilford 15, Pittman 16, Lebo 13, Outlaw 24, Lynch 8, Holland 5, Foster.


Raven 4, Whitfield 24, Cooper 16, Metcalf 14, Outlaw 14, Rose 6.


Score by quarters:

Greenfield 20 15 12 23 6 9 85

Wayne Country Day 16 14 14 26 6 2 78

Hinton’s clutch play boosts SouthWest

BETHEL —Clutch plays from junior Slate Hinton in the final minute boosted the visiting SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity boys basketball team to a 68-59 2-A Eastern Plains Conference triumph against North Pitt on Friday evening.

With the score tied, Hinton sent the Cougars ahead with a 3-pointer. Seconds later, Hinton added a defensive gem and provided SouthWest with a working margin with a pair of free throws.

SouthWest and the Panthers were tied 42-42 entering the final quarter.

The Cougars of head coach Shelton Langley evened their conference mark at 1-1 and improved to 7-8 overall. They venture outside the league to welcome 1-A archrival Tarboro at 6 p.m. Saturday.

After being plagued by foul trouble and not scoring in the first half, junior Keishon Porter bounced back to lead SouthWest with 18 points. Hinton tossed in 12, senior Jayden Lewis 11 and freshman Zay Mayo 10.

Nas Staton drilled in 19 points and Matt Council bucketed 16 for North Pitt, which dropped to 0-2 in the EPC and 4-11 against all foes.



Porter 18, Mayo 10, Lewis 11, Hinton 12, Ruffin 4, Williams 2, Richardson 8.


Staton 19, Council 16, Coffey 1, Harris 8, Lee 4, Payton 3, Ward 4, Vox  4.


Score by quarters:

SW Edgecombe 14 10 18 26 68

North Pitt 14 12 16 17 59

Golden Demoms fall from share of lead

ROCKY MOUNT — The visiting Fike High varsity boys basketball team toppled from a share of the 3-A Big East Conference lead with a 70-45 loss at Northern Nash on Friday night.

Northern Nash assumed sole possession of the top spot at 4-0 and won for the 16th time in 17 games.

The Demons slipped to 3-1 and 12-5, respectively.

Fike is now tied with archrival Hunt for second place and welcomes the Warriors to complete the first half of conference play Tuesday night.

Additional details were not available.



Lady Chargers cruise past Faith Christian

After a tough nonconference road win Thursday, Wilson Christian’s starters caught a bit of a break in Friday’s home matchup against Faith Christian of Goldsboro.

After the Lady Chargers spurted to a 26-7 lead after the first quarter, head coach Brian Trull was able to empty his bench and let everyone play in the 59-22 blowout. The win, which did not count in North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region play, was the Lady Chargers’ fifth in their last six games and boosted their record to 14-4.

Junior Ashley Hartsfield had a game-high 14 points to go with three rebounds while classmate Olivia Vick had nine points and six assists. Senior McKenna Griffin recorded six points and eight rebounds while Kayla Tant added eight points.

The Lady Chargers off until Friday, Jan. 25, when they return to region play against Hilltop Christian in Fuquay-Varina.



Howard 4, Miller 8, Taylor 6, Persons 2, Leroy 2.


Barnes 6, Carnes 4, Tant 8, Petty 2, Hartsfield 14, Vick 9, Parker 4, Jones 4, Gossett 2, Griffin 6, Reams, Reece.


Score by quarters:

Faith Christian 7 3 6 6 22

Wilson Christian 26 14 8 11 59

Fike falls into tie for Big East lead

ROCKY MOUNT — The Fike High varsity girls basketball team dropped into a three-way tie for the 3-A Big East Conference lead with a 41-28 loss at Northern Nash on Friday night.

The outcome left the Lady Golden Demons, Hunt and Northern Nash deadlocked for the top spot at 3-1. Overall, Fike stands 10-6, while the Lady Knights are 5-8.

Fike welcomes archrival Hunt on Tuesday.

Additional details were not available.

3 double-doubles ignite SouthWest

BETHEL — Three players registered double-doubles in triggering the SouthWest Edgecombe High varsity girls basketball team to a 68-54 road 2-A Eastern Plains Conference victory against host North Pitt on Friday.

Sophomore point guard Jada Battle, accurate on all 14 of her free throws, poured in 30 points for the second straight game and handed out 12 assists. She also recorded six steals.

Senior Selena Moody, on her 18th birthday, notched 12 points and 13 rebounds, while 6-foot sophomore Alonee Smallwood supllied 11 points and 14 rebounds.

The Lady Cougars climbed to 2-0 in the conference and to 13-2 overall.

But huge, said head coach Sandra Langley, was switching to a box-and-one defense on North Pitt’s high-scoring Ashonti Hines, a junior, with some two minutes left in the first half. Hines wound up with 26 points and managed only a 3-pointer after the defensive switch. Langley hailed lthe defensive effort of sophomore Keneja Dunn in the box-and-one. Dunn also had nine points.

Leading 35-34 at halftime, the Lady Cougars took command by outscoring North Pitt 19-4 in the third quarter. SouthWest was without the services of injured junior Bailey Davis, its leading scorer.

SouthWest welcomes archrival Tarboro at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and then faces undefeated Farmville Central next Tuesday.

Senior Cassandra Watson added 14 points for the Lady Panthers, who slipped to 1-1 in the EPC and 9-6 overall.



Battle 30, Moody 12, Smallwood 11, Dunn 9, McKinney 4, Jenkins 2.


Hines 26, Pettaway 8, Williams 5, Frizzell 3, Maye 2, Newton 6, Watson 14.


Score by quarters:

SW Edgecombe 15 18 19 16 68

North Pitt 22 12 4 16 54



C.B. Aycock ends 3-3 in ECC duals

DUDLEY — The Charles B. Aycock High wrestling team finished with a 3-3 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference duals record after splitting a pair of matches in the final conference match at Southern Wayne on Friday.

The Golden Falcons, 16-11 overall, were pinned 58-18 by New Bern but posted a 57-24 conquest of Eastern Wayne.

Seniors Torrence Franklin and Alex Soroka, junior Tyler Hughes and sophomore Kevin Dickenson each won both of their matches.

Hughes boosted his record to 41-3, while Franklin stands 30-9, Soroka 32-11 and Dickenson 28-16.



DASH posts 20th win, clips Durham

ROCKY MOUNT — The DASH United boys basketball team hiked its record to a sensational 20-2 with a 59-33 victory against Durham Flight on Friday night.

United constructed a 32-13 halftime lead and cruised.

Leading the balanced DASH scoring were Jacob Dienes with 11 points and Jordan Bailey and Elijah Skinner with 10 each.

Brian Bullock paced Durham with 15 points.

DASH opposes Chatham County in Pittsboro on Saturday.

Wilson Christian climbs above .500

The host Wilson Christian Academy boys basketball team climbed above .500 Friday night with a 34-24 win against Faith Christian of Goldsboro.

The Chargers rallied from a 17-16 halftime deficit to claim their ninth win against eight losses.

Leading Wilson Christian were Will Hoskins with 14 points and Matthew Wood with 13.

WCA travels to Rocky Mount to oppose New Life Christian on Tuesday.

Hunt posts first conference victory

The Hunt High girls basketball team notched its first Big East Conference victory by rallying to a 30-24 conquest of visiting Southern Nash on Tuesday.

The Lady Warriors, now 1-2 in the conference and 6-4 overall, trailed 17-14 at halftime.

Kentasia Taylor triggered Hunt with 10 points, while Madison Mercer netted seven.

Hunt was coming off a 29-25 conference loss at Rocky Mount. The Lady Gryphons owned a 14-8 halftime advantage.

Leading Lady Warriors’ scorers were Mercer with nine points and Madeline Ellis with eight.

Hunt continued conference play at home Friday evening against Franklinton.