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Jags win for Williford's 300th win

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Farmville Central's head coach Larry Williford motions to players during their game against Greene Central on Nov. 30, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Farmville Central Jaguars maintained their perfect record and netted Larry Williford’s 300th-career win in the process after defeating Greene Central, 65-45, on Friday night in high school basketball action. 

The Jags were led by their dynamic backcourt duo of Terquavion Smith and Justin Wright, who both finished with 18 points. Rande Harper contributed 11 points and a series of dunks that made it feel as if the FC gym was shaking. The Rams were led by Imajae Dodd, who had 17 points, far outpacing his teammates.

Despite the milestone win, Williford saw areas that needed improvement from his team. 

“We didn’t shoot the ball nearly to our capability,” Williford said. “What I take away from it was we won a grind game. It wasn’t the prettiest of basketball. We manufactured a good amount of points off of turnovers and our defense, we were taking charges, we were diving for balls, we were doing a lot of things for the betterment of the team.”

GC head coach Blue Edwards now moves to 1-2 with the young Rams squad. 

“This is an easy game to get up for because it’s a rivalry,” Edwards said. “There’s a lot of passion, a lot of intensity. Tonight we came out with intensity and gave them pretty much all we had. They are really well-coached basketball team, a lot of shooters and they’re very tough, and tonight we just couldn’t get it going.” 

The defining moments of the game came just before halftime. After trading the lead, the two teams found themselves tied at 17 before Dyquavious Williams delivered a huge dunk that belonged on a poster. The play elevated the packed FC gym to new levels of sound, making it almost impossible to hear anything from coaches yelling to their players. Harper (11 points) then took over, sinking a bucket and drawing a foul.

GC stuck around, trailing by just one point, 22-21. Samage Teel (eight points) sank two free throws, followed by a smooth transition dunk from Smith. A foul a few moments later prompted a heated discussion between Teel and GC’s B.J. Corbitt. Both players were given technicals.

Teel came back by drawing a foul after that, sinking both attempts. At that point, Smith and GC’s Hysaan Hudson (eight points) had a chat and were pulled apart and sat down by their respective coaches to cool off. Wright and Smith both drew fouls and sank their buckets, followed by Short and once again Smith getting the ball into the net. 

The run jumped the score to 36-21. The deficit remained above 10 points for the rest of the contest, including a late push for the Rams led by Dodd, who scratched and clawed with his team to get back into the contest. 

The Rams (1-2) make the second stop on their three-game road trip when they travel to Eastern Wayne. The Jaguars (3-0) will also hit the road as they travel to face rival Ayden-Grifton. Both games take place on Dec. 4. 

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

Conley 70, Washington 54

D.H. Conley managed to hold off a late charge for a win over visiting Washington.

It was back and forth for most of the game. The Pam Pack started in front before the Vikings went on a big run to close the first quarter with a 19-8 lead.

Washington continued to make three-point attempts in the second quarter, however, and managed to close the deficit to 31-25 at halftime.

In the end, ECU football commit C.J. Johnson and his teammates managed to pull away.

Using a 39-29 second half advantage, Washington wasn’t able to make another run to stay in the game. Johnson had 24 points and Jahmois Barnhill added 18 for the Vikings. Jamauri Bryant led the Pam Pack with 15 points.

“At times, we had impressive runs and it showed us what we’re capable of doing,” Vikings head coach Rob Maloney said. “However, we weren’t consistent with those runs. I give a lot of credit to Washington. They were very impressive and they played very hard even in defeat. Hopefully, we can stay consistent so that we can become a better team.”

Washington made a big run to take the lead early in the third quarter. Maloney was frustrated with how the team came out of the halftime break and called an early timeout. Pam Pack head coach Lane Raper was pleased with his team's effort despite the tough result.

“We didn’t perform at our best,” said coach Raper. “We weren’t able to run our offensive sets and we didn’t do well on the glass. Those two things are what we’d like to work on before conference play starts. Conley has a lot of size and we weren’t able to matchup with them.”

Conley hosts Wake Forest this afternoon. Maloney wants his team ready to play even after a quick turnaround from Friday night's contest.

“We have to be physically ready for Wake Forest,” he said. “We’re gonna have to be better defensively to have a chance to win this game. We want to make sure that every shot is contested because they’re a great team. It is a tough turnaround so hopefully our team will be focused and ready to execute the game plan.”

— Laieke Abebe

Currituck County 74, North Pitt 66

Currituck County was led by senior Ricky Owens and his 29 points and junior K.J. Harvey’s 23 in a road win against North Pitt.

Owens alone tied North Pitt in the first quarter with nine points. Both he and Harvey are showing vast improvement over their output last season, during which they averaged 7.7 and 4.4 PPG, respectively. The score at halftime was 40-24. North Pitt fought hard to come back in the second half, culminating in a fourth quarter that saw the Panthers outscore Currituck 26-13, but it wasn’t enough.

The Panthers were led by senior Nas Staton, who poured in 21, and Matt Council, who added 17. North Pitt coach Mark Carson was animated on the sideline in the second half, regularly decrying the officiating.

Second-year Currituck coach Gunnell Rupert said, “They learned my system last year. They’re all starting to buy in already. The sky is the limit for us. We’ve been a program that has struggled a bit over the past 10-15 years, and we’re on the way up. This is a big win for their confidence.

— Matthew Edwards

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Farmville Central 67, Greene Central 14

Farmville Central’s girls basketball team made quick work of the visiting Rams.

FC was lead by Jordan Joyner, who posted a game high 16 points. JaShyra Carmon also contributed 13 points.

The Rams failed to gain any traction from the opening tip, as turnover problems that plagued the squad Tuesday in its blowout loss to South Central once again resurfaced. Meanwhile the Jaguars had their way in just about every aspect of the game, including utilizing Carmon in the post. 

The Jaguars (2-0) will hit the road on Tuesday to face rival Ayden-Grifton. The Rams (0-3) will travel to take on Eastern Wayne on Tuesday. 

D.H. Conley 62, Washington 47

Conley used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from Washington at Hollywood Crossroads.

The Lady Vikings outscored the Pam Pack 33-26 in the second half to separate from a feisty Washington squad.

Kiara Johnson led the way with 28 points for the Lady Vikings and Jenna Wooten added nine points. The Vikings improved to 3-0 on the season, adding to wins over Wilson Fike and Northern Nash.

“Our pressure wore them down, especially in the second half,” Vikings head coach Shawn Moore said. “We like to get up and down the floor, but we couldn’t get into our game for the most part because we fouled a little too much. However, we’re happy to get the win and we took care of business.”

The game was close until late in the fourth quarter.

They Vikings face Wake Forest in a big home matchup Saturday afternoon.

“We have to play good defense, rebound the basketball and make some free throws,” Moore said of the Vikings and their upcoming game against Wake Forest. “If we do that, we’ll be in a good position to win against a great team.”

— Laieke Abebe

SWIMMING

Conley dominates meet

The D.H. Conley boys and girls swimming teams ran away from the field on Friday in conference action, claiming first place on both sides.

The boys got a slew of first-place finishes on the way to topping Croatan, New Bern and South Central in that order.

Those wins included the Seth Tillery (200 free, 1:53.45), Conner Dennison (200 IM, 2:08.00; 500 free, 5:06.45), Trevor Torres (50 free, 21.99; 100 breast, 1:04.13) and the 200 free relay team of Toby Bryson, Torres, Turner Cook and Tillery (1:36.35).

The Conley girls coasted to victory over Croatan, New Bern and South Central.

They got first-place finishes from Abigail Burns (50 free, 26.40), Faith Koesters (100 Breast, 1:16.48) and the 200 free relay team of Brooke Despres, Koesters, Ruth McGee and Julia Kohake.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

BASKETBALL

Hope girls 47, C.M. Eppes 22

Kylah Silver drained a game-high 17 points to lead Hope (1-0), while Karma May added 12 in the win and Charlazer Jordan eight.

Hope boys 63, C.M. Eppes 55 OT

The Hope boys outlasted Eppes in overtime, led by Jamir Wright's 16 points.

Isaiah Crumpler added 14 and Ethan Jones 12 in the Hope win.

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