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Senior Kaelyn Wall outscored the entire John Paul II team — in the opening quarter — in leading the Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team to a 55-11 triumph in its North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference opener at home Monday evening.
Wall drilled in 14 of her game-high 21 points in the first eight minutes. With 13 rebounds, she posted a double-double and also notched seven steals.
Also claiming a double-double was freshman Jaeleen Holland with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Eighth-grader Serenity McNair netted 12 points and handed out five assists.
Greenfield head coach Bruce Wall was also pleased that eighth-grade starter Abigail Parker and seventh-grade reserves Darcy Dean and Avery Williams also scored. The points were the first at the varsity level for Dean and Williams.
“We played really good defense and shared the ball well,” Wall said of the Lady Knights, who pitched a shutout in the second half. Greenfield faces three games this week and Wall was also pleased he was able to rest Wall and McNair the fourth quarter.
Dana Galinas led John Paul with six points.
Greenfield, which evened its record at 3-3, welcomes Henderson Collegiate on Tuesday evening.
JOHN PAUL II (11)
McKee 3, Kaud 2, Galinas 6.
Wall 21, McNair 12, Holland 10, Stroh 2, Parker 2, Dean 4, Williams 4, Godwin.
Score by quarters:
John Paul II 3 8 0 0 — 11
Greenfield 21 13 18 3 — 55
WCA turned back 40-37 by RMA
The combination of poor shooting and defensive lapses in the fourth quarter proved insurmountable for a Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team that dropped a 40-37 decision to visiting Rocky Mount Academy of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A ranks Monday night.
The final-quarter woes negated a third-period charge that rallied the Lady Chargers from a 20-18 halftime deficit to a 33-28 advantage going into the final quarter.
With less than a minute remaining, WCA trailed 38-37, needed possession and was attempting to foul the Lady Eagles. However, a Rocky Mount player escaped a double-team with a pass to a wide-open Mackenzie Davis. Davis missed the layup but scored on a putback.
Trailing by the final margin, the Lady Chargers of head coach Brian Trull got a time-out with 12 seconds remaining. Senior guard Ashley Hartsfield got a good look from 3-point range but, at the buzzer, her shot didn’t fall.
Trull said poor shooting has been a season-long malady for a Wilson Christian team of the North Carolina Christian Athletic Association 2-A ranks that dropped to 5-3.
Against Rocky Mount, the Lady Chargers connected on just 15-of-55 attempts for 27-% accuracy. WCA was a paltry 8 of 34 from inside the 3-point arc.
Davis tossed in 12 points for Rocky Mount and was complemented by four teammates with six points.
Sophia Nesbit, a 5-foot-11 freshman, bucketed a season-high 11 points for the Lady Chargers and claimed six rebounds. Hartsfield also scored 11 points. Senior Olivia Vick managed five rebounds and five assists.
WCA tips off East Region District III competition at home Tuesday evening against Berean Baptist of Fayetteville.
ROCKY MOUNT (40)
Davis 12, Jenkins 6, Bryant 6, L. Kitchen 6, D. Kitchen 6, Adcock 3, McKnight 2.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (37)
Nesbit 11, Hartsfield 11, Vick 5, Parker 4, Tant 3, Barnes 2, Carnes 1, Willard, Hoskins.
Score by quarters:
RMA 9 11 8 12 — 40
WCA 13 5 15 4 — 37
Srong opening half triggers WCA win
A strong first half boosted the host Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks to a 74-66 conquest of Rocky Mount Academy on Monday night.
The Chargers upped their record to 2-4 going into Tuesday night’s East Region District III opener against visiting Berean Baptist of Fayetteville.
Rocky Mount Academy, a member of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A division, dropped to 3-2.
Sophomore Deston Melvin led the Chargers of second-year head coach Kevin Zander to a 13-9 margin after one quarter.
Wilson Christian then erupted for 25 points in the second quarter behind Melvin, junior Seth Thompson, senior Harrison Parker and junior Spencer Parker, outscoring the Eagles by eight points in the quarter.
Behind Thompson and Melvin, WCA’s lead widened to 57-42 after three quarters. The Chargers then held off a late RMA comeback fueled by senior Jackson Bryant’s nine points.
Wilson Christian buried seven shots from 3-point range and swished 16-of-27 free throws. Harrison Parker went 5 of 6 from the foul line in the final quarter.
Harrison Parker wound up with a game-high 20 points, while Melvin drilled in 19 and Thompson bucketed 13.
Bryant’s 18 points paced RMA, while senior Colby Freeman and junior Graham Turnage each netted 14 and senior Colin Legaj had 10.
ROCKY MOUNT ACADEMY (66)
Freeman 14, Turnage 14, Pittman 1, Mayo 3, Dunn 6, Legaj 10, Bryant 18, Bilicki.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (74)
Melvin 19, Ortiz 3, Horrell, Mills 6, Thompson 13, H. Parker 20, S. Parker 4, Peacock 3, Hood 6.
Score by quarters:
RMA 9 17 16 24 — 66
WCA 13 25 19 17 — 74