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Kinston hands Rose first loss

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J.H. Rose's Silas James, right, defends Kinston's Chance Minott during their game on Dec. 1, 2017. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By JORDAN ANDERS
The Daily Reflector

Friday, December 1, 2017

J.H. Rose’s boys’ basketball team performed well in some areas of the game against an athletic Kinston team Friday night.

The Rampants fell short, though, because they failed to take advantage of what coach James Rankins called “gifts.”

Kinston handed Rose its first loss of the season with a 61-52 victory at JHR. The Rampants, playing their second game in as many nights, fell to 5-1 while Kinston improved to 2-0.

A night after scoring 70 points in a two-point victory over North Pitt, Rankins’ squad had just 25 at halftime and was harassed all night by the Vikings’ pressure defense. Still, JHR kept Kinston within arm’s reach throughout, but didn’t capitalize enough on the offensive opportunities it created.

“I thought, especially at the end, we had the drive and heart to win the game,” Rankins said. “We needed to make layups and free throws. We tell the kids all the time that the best two shots in the world are gift shots. If you’ve got a layup, that’s a gift because you got to the basket. If you’ve got a free throw, that’s a gift because nobody’s defending you. We didn’t do very good with those tonight.”

The Rampants were 11-of-19 from the free throw line, eight missed points that loomed large in a nine-point loss. The teams traded the lead six times in the first five minutes, but after Kinston took the lead on a layup by Damian Dunn — part of his game-high 18 points — with three minutes left in the first quarter, the Rampants never led again.

Tymize Barnhill scored 14 to lead JHR. Ben Harris added 11, the final two of which came on a putback with 2:15 left to cap a 9-1 run that pulled Rose back to within seven points after trailing by as many as 15.

Rose closed to within six on a 3-pointer by Silas James with 1:10 remaining, but was never able to pull any closer than that.

“We turned the ball over a lot, but we took it back more (with steals),” Rankins said. “We had as many steals as we had turnovers and a lot more rebounds than we had turnovers. We also had almost as many assists as turnovers, so you look at the ratios, we did a very good job. The problem was we just didn’t make easy shots.”

GIRLS

Kinston 50, J.H. Rose 31

Freshman point guard Ania Sands scored 16 points to lead all scorers, but Rose’s girls fell to 1-6 with a loss at home to Kinston.

Sands was the only player to score more than five points for JHR, which scored just two points in the first quarter and never led.

McLaughlin signs

Through three ACL tears in her left knee, D.H. Conley soccer player Alysa McLaughlin remained committed to playing college soccer.

McLaughlin signed Friday afternoon to play at UNC Wilmington, following through on that desire despite her third ACL tear robbing the midfielder of her entire junior season in the spring.

““It feels great,” she said of signing. “I’ve wanted this ever since I was young, so it finally coming true just means a lot.”

McLaughlin plans to graduate early and be on the field for the Seahawks next spring. Though she missed out on what would have been her final season of high school soccer, she played travel ball and ran cross country in the fall and said her knee is back to 100 percent.

Her connection to UNCW began when Seahawks coach Paul Cairney coached her in the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. Western Carolina swooped in with McLaughlin’s first offer, but it wasn’t enough to sway her from her desire to go to UNCW.

“I thought Wilmington was the better fit for me, personally,” she said. “It had my major — exercise science is what I want to major in. The campus is beautiful and I love the girls and the team, and my sister goes there too.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

DH Conley 66

Washington 54

DHC (66)

Kiara Johnson 23, Mackena Batts 12, Jenna Wooten 9, Kamara Haywood 8, Hikaru Iwata 6, Kayla Knight 4, Alisha Anderson 2, Denisha Foxx 1.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

John Paul 84

Parrott Academy 75

Leaders: JP — Hill 30 points, Collin Guilford 11, Wilkins 11, Jordan Yarrell 12, Omar Payton 14; P -— AJ Banker 12 rebounds.

Records: JP 4-0; Parrott 4-2.

DH Conley 57

Washington 47

DHC (57)

Jahmois Barnhill 11, Gavin Russell 6, Fuller Lawson 5, Coleman Ferrel 11, Tramaine Pugh 3, CJ Johnson 12, Lashawn Owens 7, Colin Watts 2.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Parrott Academy 52

John Paul 5

Record: Parrott 5-1.

Leaders: JP — Hill 30 points, Collin Guilford 11, Wilkins 11, Jordan Yarrell 12, Omar Payton 14; P -— AJ Banker 12 rebounds.

Records: JP 4-0; Parrott 4-2.

JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL

South Central 62, Bertie 46

Leading scorers: SC — Hill 16, Page 13.

Record: SC 2-0.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Ayden 37

Greene County 26

Leading scorers: A — Quentin Mitchell 17, Christian Shearouse 6.

Record: Ayden 1-0.

Hope 46, CM Eppes 40

Leading scorers: H — Deontay Joseph 20, Isaiah Crumpler 8, Jayden Grimes 6; C — Nijay Lee 12, Montez Green 7.

Record: Hope 1-0.

Contact Jordan Anders at janders@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 or follow @ReflectorJordan on Twitter.

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