12/08/11 — Thursday preps

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Thursday preps

By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on December 8, 2011 1:53 PM

Girls' basketball

Princeton 51, Hobbton 32

* PRINCETON -- Princeton forced 11 turnovers in the third quarter, went on a 22-4 run and claimed a 51-32, non-conference victory over Hobbton on Wednesday evening.

The Bulldogs led 21-16 at the half and used a full-court press to create turnovers and transition opportunities. The Wildcats committed four turnovers in the first three minutes of the third quarter as the lead swelled to 31-16.

"Creating turnovers was very important because we weren't executing very well in the halfcourt against their 2-3 zone," Princeton head coach Marty Gurganus said. "The press worked for us better in the third quarter than it had the whole game. We made some adjustments at halftime and talked about the rotation on the press. We were hoping the press would create some easy baskets for us."

Nicole Melvin led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Megan Gerrell supplied 14 points. Savanna Massengill added 11 points and six rebounds.

Princeton (4-3 overall) visits North Johnston on Friday.

Havelock 42, Eastern Wayne 29

* Eastern Wayne never got its offense going in a 42-29 defeat against Havelock on Wednesday night.

Nijah Muhammed led the Warriors with 10 points. Tamiya Dortch added seven points in the loss.

Eastern Wayne (1-4 overall) entertains South Johnston on Friday night.

North Johnston 35, Rosewood 33

* Rosewood fell to North Johnston for the second time this season in a 35-33 defeat on Wednesday night.

Rosewood (1-4 overall) plays host to Midway on Friday.

Boys' basketball

Goldsboro 57, North Lenoir 31

* LaGRANGE -- Goldsboro played its best defensive game of the season in a 57-31 win over North Lenoir on Wednesday night.

The Cougars held the Hawks to just 10 points in the second half.

Moses Ramsey paced the Goldsboro offense with 15 points. Demarian Henderson added 12 points and Octavius Alston finished with 10 points.

Goldsboro (2-3 overall) plays host to Chapel Hill on Friday night.

Eastern Wayne 76, Havelock 66

* Eastern Wayne earned a split of the season series with Havelock by claiming a 76-66 win on Wednesday night in New Hope.

The Warriors'' potent offense was led by Josiah Davis' 22-point outing that also included 15 rebounds. Lee Atkinson finished with 19 points and six assists. Tyrik Kornegay added 16 points.

Eastern Wayne will open Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play on Friday night against South Johnston.

James Kenan 64, East Duplin 52

* WARSAW -- James Kenan put together a superb second half in a 64-52 win over East Duplin on Wednesday night.

The Tigers overcame an early deficit with hot shooting from Jeremy Smith and Michael Moore. Smith paced the Tigers with 23 points. Moore added 20 points in the win.

James Kenan (2-3 overall) travels to North Duplin tonight.

JV sports

* Boys' basketball: Goldsboro 59, North Lenoir 49 -- Jaylen Moore paced the Cougars' offense with 14 points. Joe Baker added 11 points in the win. Goldsboro entertains Chapel Hill on Friday.