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In front of a packed gym at Greenfield School, the host Knights issued the first volley in the race for 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference varsity boys basketball supremacy Friday night with a 70-54 romp over archrival Wayne Country Day.
The Knights, currently ranked second in the North Carolina Independent School Association 1-A rankings on Maxpreps.com, rose to 22-4 on the season and 4-0 in CPIC action. The Chargers, No. 6 in the NCISAA 2-A rankings, dropped to 19-4 and 3-1, respectively.
Senior Dji Bailey led the Knights with 20 points and 12 rebounds while classmate Trey Pittman had 17 points and 12 rebounds.
“It was two really good teams playing tonight,” Greenfield head coach Rob Salter said. “I thought Trey Pittman was terrific tonight in the first half on the offensive glass and Dji was spectacular and showed some athleticism, but it was a complete team effort.”
Senior Collin Guilford had 19 points and senior Jordan Lynch added 15 points.
The Chargers were led by senior Linwood Grandy and sophomore Mike Best, a transfer from Beddingfield High, with 17 points each.
Greenfield will play 1-A fourth-ranked The Burlington School in the MLK Classic at Kinston High on Saturday afternoon at 3.
WAYNE COUNTRY DAY (71)
Raven 10, Grandy 17, Jad. Cooper 18, Best 17, Jor. Cooper 3, Hutcherson 6, Ervin.
Lebo 5, Guilford 19, Lynch 15, Bailey 20, Pittman 17, Evans 5, Peten 1, Holland 3.
Score by quarters:
WCD 17 12 23 19 — 71
Greenfield 22 18 22 23 — 85
Tigers’ defense shuts down Jaguars, 69-43
GASTON — A strong defensive effort by the Wilson Prep varsity boys basketball team helped propel the Tigers to a 69-43 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference win Friday at Northampton County.
Wilson Prep, now 10-5 overall, raised its league mark to 4-2 while the Jaguars tumbled to 3-7 and 1-4 in Tar Roanoke play.
“Very good conference road win tonight for my guys against Northampton,” WPA head coach Anthony Atkinson Jr. said. “We started out very sluggish in the beginning but we trusted what we do and started playing WPA basketball! Very proud of my guys for their defensive effort tonight. We didn’t shoot the ball well but we defended our tails off.”
Eric Wynn, a 6-foot-9 junior center, led WPA with 20 points to go along with nine rebounds while 6-5 junior Devyn Bullock came up with 11 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Omarreyon Johnson tallied 10 points, six rebounds and six assists while Nasiar Blackston had nine points, seven rebounds and six blocks.
Senior Eric Robinson’s 14 points led the Jaguars.
After four straight away games, the Tigers are back home Tuesday against North Edgecombe.
WILSON PREP (69)
Wynn 20, Blackston 9, J. Johnson 7, O. Johnson 10, Bullock 11, Farmer 2, Bryant 3, Smith 2, Land 5.
Robinson 14, Kendall 10, Smith 8, Corner 6, Newsome 2, Edwards 3.
Score by quarters:
Wilson Prep 10 19 22 18 — 69
Northampton 5 10 14 14 — 43
Chargers fall at Berean Baptist
FAYETTEVILLE — Senior Harrison Parker was the big gun for his Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team during Friday night’s game at Berean Baptist Academy. Unfortunately for the Chargers, the host Bulldogs had two big guns, sending Berean to a 70-54 win.
Joshua Thompson-Parker poured in 29 points while fellow junior Nehemiah McClain dropped in 28 for the Bulldogs, who improved to 7-5 overall and 5-1 in North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region play.
Parker canned six 3-pointers on his way to 23 points for the Chargers, who also got 15 points from Seth Thompson.
Wilson Christian, now 5-13 overall and 1-5 in region action, hosts Raleigh Christian on Tuesday.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (54)
Melvin 9, Ortiz, Horrell 2, Thompson 15, H. Parker 23, S. Parker 3, Spinella, Jackson, Provo, Wood 2.
BEREAN BAPTIST (70)
Thompson-Parker 29, Lee 1, Brown 5, Pike 6, McClain 28, Santos.
Score by quarters:
WCA 7 12 20 15 — 54
Berean 11 20 18 21 — 70
Lady Chargers shut down Berean for 5-0 region mark
FAYETTEVILLE — After falling behind 12-8 at the end of the first quarter of Friday’s varsity girls basketball game at Berean Baptist, Wilson Christian kicked up its defensive pressure and held the Lady Bulldogs to 12 points the rest of the way in a 48-24 blowout win.
The Lady Chargers, now 13-7 overall, remained perfect through five North Carolina Christian School Association 3-A East Region outings while Berean dropped to 4-8 and 1-3, respectively.
In addition to playing suffocating defense, the Lady Chargers shot 47% from the floor for the game, “which is a season-best by a mile,” said head coach Brian Trull.
Senior Ashley Hartsfield led WCA with 10 points while classmate Madison Carnes added eight points, six steals, five rebounds and three assists.
“She has become a well-rounded player, night in and night out,” Trull said of Carnes.
Junior Lea Gossett delivered four points and four steals.
Wilson Christian will host the Chatham County Thunder home school team Tuesday.
WILSON CHRISTIAn (48)
Hartsfield 10, Carnes 8, Tant 6, Hoskins 6, Vick 4, Gossett 4, Willard 4, Barnes 4, Provo 2.
BEREAN BAPTIST (24)
Wright 9, Jac. Woosley 8, Martin 5, Johnson 2.
Score by quarters:
WCA 8 11 13 16 — 48
Berean 12 1 6 5 — 24
Chargers edge Berean, 36-34
FAYETTEVILLE — The Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team clipped host Berean Baptist 36-34 on Friday.
Will Hoskins led the Chargers, now 11-6, with 12 points while Jordan Mills scored nine points.
Wilson Christian will host Raleigh Christian on Tuesday.