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ROCKY MOUNT — A night after suffering its first loss of the season, the Hunt High varsity girls basketball team bounced back with a 58-30 nonconference victory Wednesday at Nash Central.
The 3-A Big East Conference Lady Warriors jumped out to a 19-6 lead after one quarter and took a 35-14 lead into halftime on the way to their third win in four outings. The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Bulldogs remained winless through three games.
“We did well on our press and had some pretty good transition,” Hunt head coach Tiffany Parks said.
Junior Bria Griffith led Hunt with 20 points while senior Tatiana Smith tossed in 16 points. Junior Imani Sutton had seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists. The Lady Warriors pulled down 34 rebounds as a team.
Hunt, playing the second of five consecutive away games, visits Beddingfield on Friday.
Griffith 20, Jones 4, Thorpe 2, Harris 2, Carlton 3, Spells 4, Smith 16, Sutton 7.
NASH CENTRAL (30)
Anstead 4, Eason 4, Richardson 5, Fox 2, Cherry 8, Roughton 4, Shrock 3.
Score by quarters:
Hunt 19 16 13 10 — 58
Nash Central 6 8 14 2 — 30
Lady Tigers romp past New Life
Despite not scoring in the final quarter, the homestanding Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity girls baskektball team overwhelmed New Life Christian 80-8 on Tuesday.
Trinity Mobley, Jadore Lucas-Barnes and Destiny Ainstead accounted for 68 of the points as the Lady Tigers cliamed a 30-0 bulge after one quarter and owned a 51-3 cushion at halftime.
Ainstead poured in 31 points, while Mobley drilled in 23 and Lucas-Barnes tossed in 14.
Mobley added six rebounds, seven steals and seven assists. Tyana Watkins contributed six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Haley Waddell managed five assists, while Reanetta Lusius-Reynolds grabbed six rebounds.
NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN (8)
No scoring available
WILSON PREP (80)
Mobley 23, Watkins 6, Robinson 2, Waddell 2, Lusius-Reynolds 2, Lucas-Barnes 14, Warren, Ainstead 31.
Score by quarters:
New Life 0 3 5 2 — 8
Wilson Prep 30 21 29 0 — 80
Warriors dealt pair of road defeats
ROCKY MOUNT — Road woes continued for the Hunt High varsity boys basketball team with a 59-51 loss to Nash Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Wednesday night.
The Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference were coming off a 64-51 defeat at East Wake on Tuesday.
With a 2-2 record, Hunt travels again Friday to oppose archrival Beddingfield of the Eastern Plains.
The Warriors of head coach Dwight Taylor battled Nash Central to a 6-6 tie after one quarter. The Bulldogs opened a 23-18 halftime lead.
Taylor commended Nash Central’s zone defense and noted “we turned the ball over a little too often.”
Malcolm Coley paced Hunt with 21 points, connecting on five shots from 3-point range.
Against East Wake, Hunt dug a 26-10 hole after one quarter. With a 23-point final quarter, the Warriors crept as close as seven points.
Taylor credited East Wake for “shooting the lights out.”
Shaquille Wade tossed in 15 points to lead Hunt, while Coley netted 11.
Demons roll past Ayden-Grifton 88-69
A 29-point explosion in the second quarter ignited the undefeated Fike High varsity boys basketball team to an 88-69 nonconference win in a rematch with Ayden-Grifton of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Wednesday evening.
The Golden Demons stretched their undefeated start to six games and next see action at Clinton on Friday evening.
With starting senior Elijahwon Cooper benched for displinary reasons, Fike trailed the Chargers (1-3) 14-13 after the opening quarter.
Cooper then came off the bench in the second quarter to trigger Fike to a 42-26 halftime lead.
The Chargers managed an 8-0 run in the third quarter before the Demons took command.
“Beginning with the second quarter, we played pretty good,” said Fike head coach Brent Secrest.
Moses Parker spearheaded Fike with a game-high 22 points. Cooper bucketed 16, followed by Kavaris Evens with 14 and Jeffery Dickerson with 10.
Jordan Atkinson emerged Ayden-Grifton’s top scorer with 17 points and Ahmad Hudson netted 12.
Cook 6, Richardson 7, Mitchell 5, Connell 3, Gunter 4, Hudson 12, Tufts 6, Atkinson 17, Wright 3, Harris 6.
Ward 7, T. Atkinson 2, Evans 14, Cooper 16, Dickerson 10, K. Atkinson 3, Wilder 9, Lee 5, Parker 22.
Score by quarters:
Ayden-Grifton 14 12 17 26 — 69
Fike 13 29 25 21 — 88
Cyclones climb to 3-0 in CIC
The Community Christian varsity boys basketball team climbed to 3-0 in 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference play with a pair of wins last week.
The 1-A Cyclones won 86-48 at Christ Covenant in Winterville and then topped Kerr-Vance Academy 64-48 on Friday at Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf’s Williamson Gym, where CCS plays its home games.
Junior Jimmy Forte led the Cyclones, now 4-3 overall, with 25 points while freshmen Eric Wynn and Jeremiah Williams each had double-doubles. Wynn had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Williams posted 18 points and 11 rebounds to go with six blocks.
In Friday’s win, Forte blistered the nets for 33 points. Wynn had 18 points and 13 rebounds while Williams totaled 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks.
The Cyclones will continue conference play Friday at St. Thomas More Academy in Raleigh.
Firebirds falter at SSS 67-64
SMITHFIELD — Down one with 20 seconds remaining, the Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team could not find the go-ahead basket and concded a 67-64 nonconference decision at Smithfield-Selma on Tuesday night.
The 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds (2-2) owned the lead for most of the contest, but lost it in the waning stages of the fourth quarter.
Senior Darius Edmundson led Southern Nash with 20 points, with junior Michael Parker adding 16.
Stats were not available for Smithfield-Selma (1-2), a member of the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference.
Southern Nash traverses to another Johnston County opponent on Wednesday when it visits Corinth Holders.
SOUTHERN NASH (64)
Rambert 5, A. Allen 6, C. Allen 6, Jones 8, Parker 16, Dellavalle 3, Edmundson 20.
No scorers available.
Golden Falcons split tri-match
DEEP RUN — The Charles B. Aycock High wrestling team went 1-1 in a pair of closely contested matchups Tuesday night in a tri-match against Richlands and South Lenoir.
The Golden Falcons moved their record to 8-3 with a 42-30 win over Richlands before a 39-36 defeat at the hands of the host Blue Devils.
CBA, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, separated from a 30-30 tie against Richlands in the final two matches with pins from Johnathan Parks and Canon Barrett.
Versus South Lenoir, CBA constructed a 36-15 with four matches remaining. But the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Blue Devils rallied off four consecutive wins via pin, netting 24 points and the three-point margin of victory.
A quintet of Falcons — senior Torrence Franklin, senior Alex Soroka, junior Tyler Hughes, junior Colby Perry and sophomore Turner Bass posted 2-0 showings during the tri-meet.
CBA travels to Wayne County rival Rosewood on Saturday for the 23rd annual USAF/Rosewood Eagle Invitational.
Golden Falcons win big, stay undefeated
Charles B. Aycock’s boys’ basketball team defeated Princeton, 53-36, Wednesday night.
Trever Reid was the high man for the Golden Falcons (4-0) with 16 points. Omarreyon Johnson added 13 points, while Quintavious Barnes, Ashton Perozeni, and Chase Hare had six points a piece for the Aycock.
Tigers get second win in two days
Devyn Bullock poured in a game-high 28 points for Wilson Preparatory Academy boys basketball team as the Tigers won 59-49 over Southeast Halifax Wednesday night.
Bullock also grabbed 23 boards, had five steals and four blocks. Cameron Bryant and Majesty Feldman had nine and seven points, respectively. The Trojans are now 2-2. The Tigers are 6-1 and will play Rocky Mount Preparatory next Wednesday.
Bulluck paces Tigers to 44-42 squeaker
Behind Devyn Bulluck, the Wilson Preparatory Academy boys basketball team pulled out a 44-42 victory against visiting New Life Christian of Fayetteville on Tuesday.
Bulluck responded with a performance of 24 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three blocked shots.
James Cooper added six points and four rebounds to the winning cause.
Hunt beats East Wake to reach 3-0
WENDELL — The Hunt High girls basketball team turned in a 25-16 victory on the road at East Wake on Tuesday night.
Sophomore Jaden Sauls had nine points for Hunt, unbeaten through three games. Sophomore Aaliyah Harris and freshman Madelyin Ellis each finished with six.
Hunt is back in action at Clayton on Tuesday, Dec. 11