01/21/12 — Weekend preps: North Duplin girls surprise Rosewood, end five-game skid

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Weekend preps: North Duplin girls surprise Rosewood, end five-game skid

By From staff reports
Published in Sports on January 21, 2012 11:07 PM

Girls' basketball

North Duplin 47, Rosewood 33

* CALYPSO -- Rosewood's misfortune turned into North Duplin's good luck Friday evening.

The Rebels' five-game skid is now history.

Jessica Jones and Tearra Ammons knocked down 14 and 13 points, respectively, in North Duplin's come-from-behind, 47-33 victory on the Carolina 1-A Conference scene.

The Eagles watched a seven-point lead evaporate during a horrid third quarter. The Rebels, behind Jones, went on a 13-0 run and seized a 27-23 lead heading into the final period.

Rosewood missed all six field goal attempts and committed nine turnovers during that eight-minute stretch.

"We worked on pressure defense in practice and knew it was coming because North Duplin scouted us against Goldsboro, and we broke down in the third quarter (in that game)," said Eagles head coach Ryan Wells, whose team committed 38 turnovers.

"You can't duplicate a defense that they run well and all the credit goes to North Duplin. They were all over us all night and we folded under the pressure."

Ammons' conventional three-point play early in the fourth gave North Duplin its biggest lead, 35-25. The Eagles climbed to within 40-33, but the Rebels scored the final six points of the game.

"We've been trying to do this the whole year, but not as intense as we did tonight," said North Duplin head coach John Oliver. "I told them we had to step it up tonight because they're a smart team. They don't turn the ball over unless you put pressure on them.

"I think that hurt them ... they just couldn't solve the problem."

Logan Bill and Hayley Mercer paced the Eagles' offense with six points apiece. Krystal Yelverton and Alicia Burns each supplied five points.

North Duplin (3-10 overall, 1-3 CC) concludes first-half league play Tuesday at Spring Creek, while Rosewood (3-12, 1-3) entertains archrival Princeton.

Wayne Country Day 50,

Greenfield 34

* Wayne Country Day enjoyed an offensive outburst by star guard Catherine Ford en route to a 50-34 win over Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference rival Greenfield on Friday night.

Ford enjoyed one of the best offensive halves of her career during the first two periods of play. She scored all of the Chargers' nine points in the first quarter and added 12 more in the second period as Wayne Country Day claimed a double-digit lead.

Ford finished with a game-high 27 points, while Ashanti Hardy added nine points.

Lexi Toney paced the short-handed Knights, who only had six players in uniform, with 19 points. Walker Finklea chipped in 11 points.

Wayne Country Day (6-5 overall, 1-1 CPIC) visits Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Tuesday.

Goldsboro 75, Spring Creek 27

* Shatoria Exum scored 20 points and Goldsboro rolled past Spring Creek 75-27 in a Carolina 1-A Conference game contested at Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium on Friday evening.

Alexus Myles added 12 points for the Cougars and Talaya Lassiter supplied 10 points. Kasheika Wallace pulled down nine rebounds, while Myles grabbed eight rebounds.

"Shatoria has been a spark in several different games," Goldsboro head coach LaTina Bullock said. "We did a nice job of putting pressure on the ball and forcing turnovers."

Janna Price led the Gators with 20 points.

The Cougars (14-2 overall, 4-0 CC) visit Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday, while Spring Creek (0-14, 0-4) entertains North Duplin.

Triton 39, C.B. Aycock 37

* ERWIN -- Charles B. Aycock suffered its first Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference loss with a 39-37 setback on Friday night at Triton.

Imari Howell led the Golden Falcons with 19 points. Ashley Darden had five points and Ivy Hartzell added four.

Aycock (10-5 overall, 6-1 ECC) plays host to North Lenoir on Tuesday.

Eastern Wayne 57, South Johnston 44

* FOUR OAKS -- Eastern Wayne swept the season series from South Johnston with a 57-44 victory on Friday night.

Tianna Christopher and Najah Muhammed each scored 10 points for the Warriors. Eastern Wayne (8-10 overall, 4-3 ECC) visits Cleveland on Tuesday.

Princeton 60, Ayden-Grifton 48

* PRINCETON -- Princeton stayed in the thick of the Carolina 1-A Conference race with a 60-48 win over Ayden-Grifton on Friday night.

Savanna Massengill scored a career-high 29 points to go with 13 rebounds. Nicole Melvin added 16 points, and Megan Gerrell had nine assists and three steals.

The Bulldogs (8-7 overall, 3-1 CC) travel to Rosewood on Tuesday.

Boys' basketball

Princeton 65, Ayden-Grifton 56

* PRINCETON -- CJ Jeffreys poured in 22 points and Princeton knocked off Ayden-Grifton 65-56 on Friday night.

The Bulldogs outscored the Chargers 22-10 in the fourth quarter and Princeton finished 18 for 22 at the free throw line. Dalvin Stancil provided 19 points and A.J. Smith had 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs (9-8 overall, 2-2 CC) visit Rosewood on Tuesday.

South Johnston 67, Eastern Wayne 41

* FOUR OAKS -- Eastern Wayne never got its offense going in a 67-41 loss on Friday night at Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe South Johnston.

Lee Atkinson led the Warriors with 12 points. Josiah Davis and Tyrick Kornegay each contributed eight points. Eastern Wayne (7-11 overall, 4-3 ECC) travels to Cleveland on Tuesday.

Triton 73, C.B. Aycock 38

* ERWIN -- Triton outscored Charles B. Aycock 44-15 in the second half and rolled to a 73-38 victory on Friday night.

Michael Williams led the Golden Falcons with 13 points. Cameron Johnson had seven points. Aycock (3-12 overall, 2-5 ECC) plays host to North Lenoir on Tuesday.

Northwood Temple 63, Wayne Christian 40

* Wayne Christian struggled to match Northwood Temple's speed and size in a 63-40 loss in Carolina Christian 1-A Conference play Friday night.

Chase Darden led the Eagles with 18 points. Seth Slusher added 15 points and Chris Easom provided seven.

Wayne Christian (3-18 overall, 1-9 CC) entertains Cresset Christian on Tuesday.

JV sports

* Boys' basketball: North Duplin 48, Rosewood 23 -- Cedrick Kornegay led three Rebels in double figures with 13 points. Cody Ivey and James Britt contributed 12 apiece for North Duplin, which won its first Carolina 1-A Conference game of the season. Victor Jenkins and Jamari McGown collected 12 and five points, respectively, for the Eagles. North Duplin (5-8 overall, 1-3 CC) is the guest of Spring Creek on Tuesday, while Rosewood entertains archrival Princeton.

* Boys' basketball: Goldsboro 72, Spring Creek 37 -- Rashien Mallette paced the Cougars with 19 points. Jaylin Davis supplied nine points and Rasheen Artis had eight points.

* Boys' basketball: Wayne Country Day d. Greenfield -- Jamel Forde finished with 18 points for the Chargers. Marlon Coley had 16 points and Tyler Talton contributed 14. Dennis Mitchell added 12 points. Wayne Country Day (11-3) travels to Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Tuesday.

* Girls' basketball: Faith Christian 27, Falls Road 9 -- Ambie Strickland led the Conquerors with 10 points. Morgan Hoskins and Tiffany Hoskins each had six points. Faith visits Berean Christian on Tuesday.

* Girls' basketball: Wayne Country Day 31, Greenfield 9 -- Logan Harrell scored 10 points for the Chargers. Taylor Sledge had eight points and Catherine Langston added seven points. Wayne Country Day travels to Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Tuesday.

Middle schools

* Boys' basketball: Northwood Temple 42, Wayne Christian 39 -- Seth Harrell emerged the Eagles' offensive leader with 23 points. Wayne Christian (6-7 overall) travels to Community Christian on Jan. 27.

* Boys' basketball: Wayne Country Day 55, Greenfield 13 -- Preston Edwards led the Chargers with 17 points. John Strickland had six points. Wayne Country Day (12-0 overall) visits Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Tuesday.