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D.H. Conley's C.J. Johnson goes up for a dunk during their game against J.H. Rose on Jan. 10, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

D.H. Conley’s boys’ basketball team didn’t make every play it could have Wednesday night against J.H. Rose, but it made the ones it needed to in the closing seconds to seal a victory.

The Vikings stayed unbeaten in the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference and pulled into a tie for first place with their 61-57 home triumph over their crosstown rivals. The game was played five nights after its originally scheduled date thanks to the winter weather that hit Greenville last week.

DHC (8-5, 3-0) is tied with South Central at the top of the league, while Rose (9-4) fell to 1-3 in conference play.

Guard Jahmois Barnhill scored seven of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, all of which came from the free throw line as part of an 11-for-16 team effort from the stripe in the final period. The Vikings used their strong free throw shooting to stave off a Rose rally in the closing seconds, with Johnson going 4-for-6 from the line and Barnhill going 7-for-9, including the game-sealer with 1.2 seconds remaining.

“That was huge,” Conley coach Rob Maloney said. “Jahmois is one of our captains as a junior, and that’s exactly why. He knows how to handle the pressure and looks forward to pressure. In one of our last timeouts, we were trying to draw up what we were going to do if we missed it, and he just looked and said, ‘Don’t worry about it. I’m going to make the free throw,’ and, of course, he made it and that gave us a four-point lead. Pat on the back to him for being a mentally strong athlete.”

Gavin Russell and C.J. Johnson added 10 points apiece for Conley, which outscored Rose 19-12 after a 3-pointer by Creighton Lebo gave the Rampants a 45-42 lead with 6:30 to play.

That was one of four 3-pointers Lebo knocked down en route to a game-high 21 points. Two of them came in the fourth, with the second pulling JHR within three points, 60-57, with two seconds remaining before Barnhill’s final free throw locked up the Conley victory.

The fourth quarter featured four lead changes. A 3-pointer by Keonte Goodman gave Rose its final lead, a 49-48 advantage with 3:58 remaining, but Conley’s Shea Ward, who hit a pair of crucial 3s in the final quarter, gave DHC the lead for good by answering with his second triple with 3:35 left.

Goodman had 13 and was the game’s only other double-figure scorer.


D.H. Conley 57

J.H. Rose 44

Just as Conley’s boys did, DHC’s girls pulled into a tie with South Central for the conference lead by answering a J.H. Rose flurry in the second half with one of their own to pull away for the win.

The Vikings (10-3, 3-0) won for the sixth time in their last seven outings, topping a Rose team (1-13, 0-4) that has lost 11 straight, but the Rampants stayed in this one, using a 7-0 spurt out of halftime to turn a nine-point deficit to just two at 32-30.

Conley, though, owned the rest of the quarter, outscoring JHR 16-5 to finish the quarter with an 11-point advantage and never looking back.

Mackena Batts led DHC with 18 points and Jenna Wooten scored 11. Rose’s Amira Brown led all scorers with 21 points, including four 3-pointers.

SC postponed

South Central’s return to the court after the weather-related layoff was postponed yet again, as the Falcons’ trip to New Bern was unable to be played due to a roof leak in New Bern’s gym.

The Falcons will now travel to take on the Bears on Jan. 29.

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


North Pitt 77, North Johnston 64

NP (77)

Matthew Council 18, Deonte Person 17, Dequan Hines 17, Nas Staton 14, Phillip Boykin 6, Jaquez Coffey 5, Jaimeze Arthur 2, Tony Peyton 1.

Record: NP 7-6, 1-1.


D.H. Conley 34, J.H. Rose 19

Leaders: DHC — Lauren Wiles 10, Arianna Crumpler 8.

Record: DHC 7-1.


D.H. Conley 49, J.H. Rose 43


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High Schools

October 22, 2018

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s release of volleyball state playoff brackets Monday afternoon saw two Pitt County teams earn No. 1 seeds. Matches begin Tuesday.

In the top of the 3-A East bracket is undefeated D.H. Conley (21-0), which opens in Greenville as 32nd-…


October 22, 2018

A game traditionally known to be a tight, high-scoring affair ended up being highly one-sided contest Friday night, as D.H. Conley defeated rival J.H. Rose 48-21 win for a second consecutive win over the Rampants.

The win put another punctuation mark on how dangerous DHC (6-2, 4-0 Eastern Carolina)…


October 21, 2018

Pitt County had a strong show­ing at the NCHSAA 3-A girls’ ten­nis re­gional at N.C. Wes­leyan Col­lege this week­end, high­lighted by a J.H. Rose tan­dem tak­ing top hon­ors in dou­bles ac­tion.

Maryah Stokes and Ginger Evans won the…

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October 20, 2018

South Central continued its undefeated football season with a decisive victory over New Bern on Friday night, 52-8.

In their first game in two weeks, the Falcons dominated with their multifaceted run game and took advantage of the Bears’ offensive mistakes.

After a sloppy but uneventful first…


October 20, 2018

Four Pitt County high school volleyball programs are ready to make some noise in postseason play. J.H. Rose, D.H. Conley, South Central and Ayden-Grifton all are eyeing a state title this year after terrific regular seasons.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association plans to reveal the…


October 19, 2018

D.H. Conley bested rival J.H. Rose on the gridiron for the second straight year Friday night, 48-21, increasing their win streak to six straight in the process.

“This is an awesome feeling,” Conley head coach Nate Conner said. “The most important thing is that it puts us in a…


October 19, 2018

It’s time for another installment of one of the best rivalries in the state as D.H. Conley (5-2, 3-0) travels just under seven miles down the road to face J.H. Rose (5-2, 2-1) tonight in high school football action.

With two high-scoring offenses coming together it will be a shootout, and…


October 18, 2018

The Ayden-Grifton Chargers volleyball team celebrated senior night by defeating South Lenoir Wednesday to improve to 19-1 on the season.

The Chargers (11-0 in league play) won in straight sets, 25-13, 25-8 and 25-19.

The match marked the final time seniors Jordan Cannon, Zion Hardy and Kristen…

October 18, 2018

Zion Hardy, known by her teammates as “The Beast,” is one of three seniors on a Chargers volleyball roster that has only 10 players. Hardy spoke with preps Beat Writer Jake Keator after a 3-0 win on senior night about the Chargers season and winning back-to-back conference titles.



October 16, 2018

J.H. Rose put on a performance reminiscent of the beginning of its season with a 55-0 rout of Southern Wayne last Wednesday night. 

The game seemed to be a walk in the park for head coach Dave Wojtecki and Rose (5-2, 2-1), who held a comfortable 42-0 lead at halftime.

The Rampants switched up…

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