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By From staff reports
Published in Sports on February 1, 2012 1:48 PM

Boys' basketball

Rosewood 60, Goldsboro 45

* Rosewood executed efficiently in its half-court offense and earned a critical 60-45 win over two-time defending Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season champion Goldsboro on Tuesday evening.

Zach Thornton paced the Eagles with 21 points. Joel Davis contributed 11 points. Jyonte Raynor and Dee Mabry both had 10.

"Rosewood did a great job executing their offense from the set," said Goldsboro High head coach Patrick Reynell. "They were able to work the ball around the perimeter and wait for a man to open up. I thought Thornton played extremely well on the low block and was physical, which made the difference on many plays."

Moses Ramsey scored 13 points for the Cougars and Julius Murphy had 10.

Rosewood (7-9 overall, 3-4 CC) travels to Spring Creek on Friday, while Goldsboro (13-7, 5-2) is the guest of Princeton.

Cleveland 58, C.B. Aycock 47

* PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock cut an 18-point deficit to single digits, but couldn't complete the comeback in a 58-47 loss to Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe Cleveland on Tuesday.

The Golden Falcons' 12-2 run, capped by Cameron Johnson's 3-pointer, trimmed the Rams' margin to 39-31 late in the third quarter.

Johnson's free throws with a little more than two minutes to play pulled Aycock to within 51-44. Cleveland (5-15 overall, 3-7 ECC) sank five of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

"We needed play in the first half like we did in the second half," Golden Falcons' head coach Steve Moats said. "We were trying to increase the speed of the game in the second half and it seemed to work fairly. We just have to convert on our offensive chances and we're not doing that."

Johnson led Aycock with 15 points and Derrick Loftin had 13 points. Chase Jackson scored 14 points for Cleveland. Austin Jacobs added 13 points and nine rebounds.

The Golden Falcons (3-15, 2-8) visit Eastern Wayne on Friday.

Princeton 95, North Duplin 65

* PRINCETON-- CJ Jeffreys poured in 27 points and Princeton cruised past North Duplin 95-65 in a Carolina 1-A Conference game Tuesday night.

Dalvin Stancil contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Bulldogs. AJ Smith added 14 points and Aaron Simpkins had 10.

Princeton knocked down 14 3-pointers and erupted for 33 points in the fourth quarter.

Daron Goodman scored 16 points for the Rebels. Tyler Royal provided 14 points and Breyon Johnson had 10.

Princeton (11-9 overall, 4-3 CC) visits Rocky Mount Prep tonight. North Duplin (4-12, 1-6) plays host to league-leading Ayden-Grifton on Friday.

Grace Christian-Sanford 82,

Wayne Christian 57

* Seth Slusher scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough in Wayne Christian's 82-57 loss to Grace Christian of Sanford in a Carolina Christian 1-A Conference game Tuesday evening.

Chris Easom contributed 13 points for the Eagles. Chase Darden added 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

Wayne Christian (4-19 overall, 1-12 CCC) travels to Grace Christian of Raleigh on Friday.

Oakwood 58,

Wayne Country Day 49

* Oakwood held on for a 58-49 win on Tuesday night at Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference opponent Wayne Country Day.

Brandon McCarter and Deshar Thomas led the Chargers with 16 points. Hil Tanner added 13 points.

Wayne Country Day (7-12 overall, 2-3 CPIC) entertains East Wake Academy tonight.

Girls' basketball

Eastern Wayne 54,

Southern Wayne 18

* DUDLEY -- Eastern Wayne gave its playoff hopes a major boost with a 54-18 beating of Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival Southern Wayne on Tuesday night.

The Warriors started strong and never looked back as they built a 28-9 halftime lead. Both teams found plenty of time for reserve players in the second half as the visitors slowed the ball down and controlled the clock.

Tianna Christopher led the Eastern Wayne attack with 19 points. Jasmine Benjamin added eight points in the win.

Jane Hamilton emerged the leading scorer for Southern Wayne with nine points.

Eastern Wayne (9-11 overall, 5-4 ECC) entertains C.B. Aycock on Friday night, while Southern Wayne (1-19, 0-9) is the guest of South Johnston.

Oakwood 50,

Wayne Country Day 30

* Oakwood clinched its third consecutive Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference regular-season championship with a 50-30 triumph over Wayne Country Day on Tuesday evening.

Catherine Ford scored 23 points for the Chargers.

Sarah Best, Gianna Democko and Katherine Roethling were presented their state championship rings at halftime. Best won the No. 2 singles flight crown, while Democko-Roethling claimed the No. 2 doubles flight title during the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A tennis tournament last fall.

Wayne Country Day (8-6 overall, 2-2 CPIC) entertains East Wake Academy in non-conference play tonight.

Princeton 53, North Duplin 31

* PRINCETON -- Princeton held North Duplin to 10 points in the second half and picked up a 53-31 win on Tuesday night in Carolina 1-A Conference action.

Nicole Melvin finished with 19 points and five steals for the Bulldogs. Charley Cox supplied nine points and Savanna Massengill had eight points.

Tearra Ammons scored 19 points for the Rebels.

Princeton (11-7 overall, 6-1 CC) travels to Rocky Mount Prep tonight. North Duplin (4-12, 2-5) plays host to Ayden-Grifton on Friday.

Grace Christian-Sanford 47,

Wayne Christian 42

* Wayne Christian came up just short in a 47-42 loss to visiting Grace Christian of Sanford in Carolina Christian 1-A Conference play Tuesday night.

Kelsey Kornegay led the Eagles with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Carly Hightower and Courtney Barrow each had nine points. Barrow also grabbed eight rebounds. Katie Isenhower provided eight points and 12 rebounds. Sara Davis pulled down eight rebounds.

Wayne Christian visits Grace Christian of Raleigh on Friday.

Goldsboro 49, Rosewood 24

* No details were reported.

JV sports

* Girls' basketball: Wayne Country Day 22, Oakwood 15 -- Taylor Sledge led the Chargers with 11 points and eight rebounds. Catherine Langston and Olivia Dively each had four points. Wayne Country Day entertains Faith Christian-Rocky Mount on Feb. 7.

* Boys' basketball: Wayne Country Day 61, Oakwood 59 -- Tyler Talton paced the Chargers with 21 points. Jamal Forde and Marlon Coley each had 14 points.

* Boys' basketball: C.B. Aycock 54, Cleveland 35 -- Neil Clark scored 23 points for the Golden Falcons in their Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference game. Javarius Williams had 16 points. Aycock (9-7 overall, 6-4 ECC) travels to Eastern Wayne on Friday.

Middle schools

* Boys' basketball: Wayne Country Day 56, Oakwood 42 -- Cory Carpenter scored 16 points for the Chargers. Tony Townsend had 14 points and Jacob Magera added 10. Wayne Country Day (15-0 overall) visits The Epiphany School on Friday.