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Eleven players scored for the Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys basketball team, and the Tigers had no trouble sending well traveled Cape Hatteras back to the coast with a lopsided 76-27 defeat Friday night.
Wilson Prep, winners of three in a row, didn’t allow the Hurricanes to reach double digits in a quarter and enforced the 40-point running clock in the third period. The Tigers owned a 75-26 advantage entering the continuous fourth quarter, where each team sank a single free throw.
Senior Tyrone Whitaker led three WPA performers in double figures, netting 23 points and connecting on 5 of 6 shots from 3-point range. Classmate Righteous Tomlin had 13 points and a third senior, Denardrick Gray, chipped in 10 for the Tigers of the Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Capital City East Conference.
Senior Cody Taylor finished with five assists. On the backboards, Gray and freshman Ja’kwon Moore each pulled down nine rebounds. As a team, Wilson Prep incinerated the nets at a 66-percent pace on 31-for-47 shooting. The Tigers made 8 of 12 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.
Cape Hatters, playing out of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A Atlantic 5 Conference, lost its season opener.
WPA returns to the floor Monday, Nov. 27 at Northwest Halifax.
CAPE HATTERAS (27)
No scorers available.
WILSON PREP (76)
Whitaker 23, Gray 10, Taylor 5, Adams 1, McTaggart 2, Tomlin 13, Blackston 6, Artis 3, Moore 6, Sanders 4, Buck 3.
Score by quarters:
Cape Hatteras 9 8 9 1 — 27
Wilson Prep 16 34 25 1 — 76
Forte goes for 62 in CCS runaway
Junior Jimmy Forte thrived in the pressure environment put forth by head coach Kenneth Atkinson and the Community Christian School varsity boys basketball team Friday night.
So much so, he single-handedly outscored the evening’s opponent in Winterville Christ Covenant.
Forte connected on seven 3-pointers and had nine steals, on his way to a massive 62-point display as the Cyclones (2-2) owned a 15-point lead after one quarter and coasted to the 93-52 win in the 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference opener for CCS in ENCSD’s Barney Williamson Gym.
Junior Christian McFarland had nine points and six steals, while Jeremiah Williams, a freshman tallied six points, four blocks and 19 rebounds.
The Cyclones play host to Greenfield on Monday in Williamson Gym.
CHRIST COVENANT (52)
Evans 23, Furlough 12, Myers 5, Stryon 3, Aja 4.
Forte 62, McFarland 9, Piccolo 7, Williams 6, Manning 2, Lane, Williams 5, Moran 2
Score by quarters:
Christ Covenant 14 11 16 11 — 52
CCS 29 28 20 16 — 93
Lady Tigers claw Cape Hatteras 50-23
The Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity girls basketball team extended its winning streak to four games Friday night with a 50-23 triumph over visiting Cape Hatteras.
Eighth grader Destiny Ainstead had 24 points to lead the Lady Tigers, converting 9 of 13 field goals and sinking 6 of 7 attempts from the free-throw line. Junior Trinity Mobley was credited with a double-double, bucketing 16 points and generating 10 of her team’s 14 steals.
Wilson Prep (4-1), which didn’t permit Cape Hatteras a point in the opening quarter, jumped out to a 14-0 cushion, led by 11 at halftime and extended the lead to 37-14 after three quarters.
The Lady Tigers of the Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Capital City East Conference connected on 21 of 35 field goals for 60-percent accuracy, while holding Cape Hatteras (1-1), members of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A Atlantic 5 Conference, to a paltry 9-for-53 showing from the floor, good for a 17-percent effort.
Wilson Prep, which outrebounded Cape Hatteras 36-30, was paced on the boards by senior Jadore Lucas-Barnes. Haley Waddell, a senior, pulled down nine rebounds. Mobley had five of her team’s 11 assists.
Lexus Meekins led Cape Hatteras with eight points.
WPA begins an 11-day break for the Thanksgiving holiday and returns to play Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Northwest Halifax.
CAPE HATTERAS (23)
Meekins 8, Fairbanks 4, Garvey 2, Quidley 3, Delmonte 2, Barley 4.
WILSON PREP (50)
Mobley 16, Watkins 4, Robinson, Waddell, Lusius-Reynolds, Lucas-Barnes 6, Ainstead 24.
Score by quarters:
Cape Hatteras 0 7 7 9 — 23
Wilson Prep 14 4 19 13 — 50
CCS girls hold off Christ Covenant
Turning up the defensive pressure was the right call for the Community Christian varsity girls basketball team Friday night as the Lady Cyclones rallied to beat visiting Christ Covenant 35-30.
It was the first 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference game for both teams.
CCS, which rose to 2-0 after the win at Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf’s Williamson Gym, had to back off pressure defense after getting into early foul trouble, head coach Mark Kent said.
But trailing at the start of the fourth quarter, Kent signaled to turn on the pressure again.
“We just turned up the D because the strength of our team is our defense,” he said.
Alexis Langley, a 6-foot center, had 10 points to go with eight rebounds and seven blocks for CCS. Olivia Walker added nine points for the Lady Cyclones, who will host Greenfield on Monday at ENCSD.
Olivia Entzminger had a game-high 15 points for the Spartans, who dropped to 0-3.
CHRIST COVENANT (30)
Kirk 8, Crabtree 7, Entzminger 15, Hollenbaugh, Draper, Simpson, Keesler, Seyler, Jones.
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (35)
Lenhart 6, Strange 3, Langley 10, Manning 1, Walker 9, Gardner 3, Webb 3, Lee.
Score by quarters:
Christ Covenant 8 7 7 8 — 30
CCS 5 8 8 14 — 35