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Farmville Central's Terquavion Smith, left, and teammate Shihe Pettway celebrate during their game against Beddingfield on Feb. 6, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

FARMVILLE — After his team flirted with hitting 100 points Tuesday night against Beddingfield, the first thing Farmville Central coach Larry Williford wanted to talk about was his defense.

In all honesty, he could really have just taken his pick of what part of the Jaguars' performance he wanted to laud, because there were few weak spots.

Farmville Central sealed its fifth consecutive Eastern Plains 2-A Conference championship in style with a 94-50 drubbing of Beddingfield. FC (16-3, 9-0) ran its winning streak to 11 games and has not lost since the calendar turned to 2018.

The Jaguars had five players score in double figures, led by sophomore Justin Wright (26), and combined to score 61 points in the second and third quarters alone to blow the game open, but Williford's greatest praise was for the defensive effort that produced an ample amount of steals and fast-break layups throughout the night.

"Defensively, I thought we were exceptional," he said. "We were active, on our rotations, and for this team to be as young as they are, they don't play like they're young. We rotate very well and they've bought into that 'do your job' mentality, and we tell them if they buy into that mentality, the defense will make the offense look easy.

"Tonight, the defense made the offense look easy."

A 34-14 advantage helped FC put a stamp on its second meeting of the year with the Bruins, the team the Jaguars split the conference title with a year ago. That turned what was a 17-15 advantage after a quarter into a 51-29 lead at halftime.

Farmville Central closed the door by outscoring Beddingfield 27-12 in the third. A 3-pointer by Shihe Pettway to start the fourth pushed the lead to 40 and enacted a running clock.

The freshman guard combo of Terquavion Smith and Dontavious Short combined for 32 points (Smith 22, Short 10), and Rande Harper and Pettway had 14 and 12, respectively.

The Jaguars have one regular season game remaining, Friday night at home against North Pitt. They enter that contest averaging 72.5 points per game, but Williford said he was excited about the prospect of combining that with an improving defense like the one that bothered Beddingfield throughout Tuesday's contest.

"That's the hardest thing to get a high school kid to believe in is that it transcends offense," he said. "It makes the offensive end so much harder because the other team has to play so hard offensively and then they have to play so hard defensively. That's how we practice."


Farmville Central 81

Beddingfield 53

FC's boys put the cap on a pair of lopsided wins for the Jaguars, as the girls used a big fourth-quarter push to pull away from Beddingfield in a game in which they never trailed.

Farmville Central (11-8, 3-6) got 23 points from Monique Erazo, 18 from Ja'shyrah Carmon and 15 from Jordan Joyner. The Jaguars led 56-47 going to the fourth, but outscored the Bruins 25-6 in the final eight minutes to pull away.

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


D.H. Conley 66

Southern Wayne 58

DHC (66)

Jahmois Barnhill 17, Gavin Russell 5, Fuller Lawson 4, Shea Ward 2, Coleman Ferrell 2, Tremaine Pugh 10, CJ Johnson 14, Lashawn Owens 10, Colin Watts 2.

Record: DHC 13-10, 7-4.

Up next: South Central at DHC on Thursday.


North Pitt 67

Nash Central 61, OT

NP (67)

Nyjanique Langley 32 (11 rebounds), Alyssa Kerns 2, Ashanti Hines 12, Tjuanna Williams 14 (13 rebounds), Tamia Frizzell 4, Casandra Watson 3.

Record: NP 18-4, 7-1.

Up next: NP at Farmville Central on Friday.

John Paul II 36

Christ Covenant 26

JPII (36)

Lacey Ross 19, Megan Zelaski 4, Nicole Wynn 5, Madison Tivnan 2, Maggie Geiger 6.

CC (26)

Julie McKee 6, Bethany Laurel 4, Patience Kirk 16.


D.H. Conley 42

Southern Wayne 7

DHC leaders — Nadiayah Randolph 15

Record: DHC 17-1.



Eppes 30, Bethel 26

Leading scorers: B — Miranda Tucker 12, E — Zekanda Smith-Crandall 16.

Records: B 7-5, 7-4.


Hope 48, PS Jones 43

Leading scorers: H — Deontay Joseph 17, Jayden Grimes 11 points.

Record: H 6-5, 4-4.


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High Schools

November 13, 2018

Pitt County high school football teams finished a perfect 4-0 in the final week of the regular season, while Greene Central almost pulled out an upset of 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference champion Kinston.

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November 10, 2018

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released its brackets Saturday afternoon informing teams of their paths to a state title. 

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November 09, 2018

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November 08, 2018

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November 07, 2018

The J.H. Rose soccer team saw its season end in the second round of the state playoffs Tuesday night after a 1-0 upset loss to Chapel Hill. 

The 12-seeded Tigers got on the board early in the first half, as Kevin Morales got the ball past Rose (18-5-1) goal keeper Trey Burelson just over six…


November 06, 2018

Fines, multiple suspensions and student penalties were among the punishments in the wake of last Thursday’s post-game brawl between the D.H. Conley and South Central High School football teams, according to a Pitt County Schools statement on Tuesday.

“School fines were levied,…


November 06, 2018

Thursday’s 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference football championship game ended in an all-out brawl, as South Central (10-0, 6-0) defeated D.H. Conley (7-3, 5-1), 28-27.

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November 04, 2018


I saw something new Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum. D.H Conley’s volleyball team was trailing.

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