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UNC Chapel Hill basketball coach Roy Williams attends South Central's game against C.B. Aycock on Feb. 12, 2019. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

South Central cruised to its 12th straight victory in front of a packed crowd, and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, defeating C.B. Aycock, 56-25.

Williams visited Winterville to check in on commit and Falcons superstar forward Day’Ron Sharpe. 

“Coach Williams is a great man,” SC head coach Chris Cherry said. “He’s a great guy and stays in contact with us.” 

Sharpe led all scorers for SC (22-1, 11-0) with 12 points and a barrage of blocks in what was a fantastic defensive showing by the whole squad. 

“I thought we were great tonight on the defensive end,” Cherry said. “I think we only gave up two field goals in the first half. I thought that was as dominant as we’ve been all year, and that’s a good sign heading into the postseason.”

Shykeim Phillips scored eight points, but another Falcon continued to show that he is also a scoring threat. Shy’Quan Jones dropped 10 points in the win as the second-leading scorer for the Falcons in what has been a string of impressive performances.

The emergence of Jones has added to what is already one of the deepest squads in the state.

“It’s good (having the depth),” Cherry said. “Come playoff time people try to shut down your first and second options. You have to be able to get to your third, fourth and even fifth options sometimes. We’re so talented, and they mesh so well together. They each have different strengths and that makes us what we are.” 

SC came out with a plan to play physically and get to the basket. The Falcons drew eight fouls in the first quarter, accounting for 13 of the team’s 28 first quarter points.

Just before the end of the first half, SC picked up points in bunches, starting with Isiah Mills (six points) knocking down a 3-pointer while Jones drew a foul simultaneously.

Following the five-point outburst, Travon Ward (seven points) sank another three, followed up by a foul after being knocked down after the shot.

The Falcons allowed just six points in the first half. 

The defense continued through the second half, as Cherry used the rest of his deep bench to finish out the game. 

SC will round out the regular season by hosting D.H. Conley (13-8, 6-4) on Friday. 

GIRLS GAME

South Central 76, C.B. Aycock 56

The Falcons girls team also picked up its 11th straight win Tuesday night. 

SC was led by scoring leader Ninevah Reddick, who exploded for 30 points. Anna Mewborn added nine points, while Maria Flo and Kayla Friend dropped seven points.

After establishing a commanding 40-21 halftime lead, the Falcons sealed the win early after starting the second half with a 12-0 run. 

The SC girls also will finish the regular season Thursday by hosting D.H. Conley.

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Nash Central 59, North Pitt 45

North Pitt (8-15, 3-6) lost a battle to the Bulldogs (8-14, 5-4) on Tuesday night.

The Panthers couldn't overcome a rough two-minute stretch before the half, as the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run and created some separation at the break.

“We kind of lost focus,” North Pitt head coach Mark Carson said. “We had some turnovers, they made a little run, but credit them. We had a little momentum at that point, and then they got it right back before half.”

Despite a 23-point output by senior guard Nas Staton, the Panthers never closed the gap. Staton also collected seven rebounds and had three steals.

“We could've hustled more, could've got some more loose balls,” Staton said. “We have to play with each other more. Need to get our team chemistry together, then I think we'll be successful.”

“Defensive intensity,” said Carson of the key of emphasis before heading into the district tournament. “The other night we played North Johnston and had our best defensive effort, we didn't have that tonight.”

— Mitchell Thomas

Farmville Central 95, Beddingfield 61

Farmville’s boys basketball team moved to 23-0, 9-0 in the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference. 

The Jaguars will finish the regular season Friday at North Pitt. 

D.H. Conley 60, Southern Wayne 54

D.H. Conley snuck away with a road win over conference opponent Southern Wayne Tuesday.

Senior Jahmois Barnhill dropped 32 points in the win, while CJ Johnson added 14.

The Vikings finish the season Thursday when they travel to face ECC 3-A/4-A leader South Central.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

North Pitt 51, Nash Central 32

The Panthers (15-8, 6-3) struggled early in the first half, but accelerated past Nash Central (4-18, 0-9) on Tuesday night. 

North Pitt tallied 10 turnovers in the first two quarters and faced a tie game, 14-14 at halftime.

“He fussed us out,” Junior point guard Ashanti Hines said of NP head coach Williams Knight. “After that, we just played our game and were fine.”

“The first half was an ugly half of basketball,” Knight said. “Our man-to-man defense in the second half changed the momentum of the game. They came out and made up for it in the second half.”

Despite the early struggles, Hines brought her A-game, tallying 20 points to go along with her five rebounds and four assists.

“We started off slow, but I just had to let the game come to me.” Hines said. “We can't start off slow anymore, we gotta bring the energy.”

The Lady Panthers went on a 9-2 run to begin the second half and never trailed again. Tjuanna Williams racked up 12 rebounds and was one point shy of a double-double with nine points.

“When we have our players come in with the right state of mind, we can take care of ourselves,” Knight said. “We just gotta be focused, we gotta want it.”

— Mitchell Thomas

Farmville Central 79, Beddingfield 38

FC’s girls team continued to play its signature style of tough defense, holding Beddingfield to just 38 points.  

They will wrap up the season Friday at North Pitt.

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