Loading...
I got the surprise of my life when people were complaining about a DR editorial. You mean the BYH column is not the...

Panthers cruise past Nash Central, 73-42

021919nphoops-4.jpg
1 of 4

J'Nadia Maye (#11) goes to shoot during a game against Nash Central on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.

021919nphoops-2.jpg
021919nphoops-1.jpg
021919nphoops-3.jpg
Loading…

By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Monday, February 18, 2019

North Pitt head girls basketball coach William Knight preached focus ahead of his squad’s opener to the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference tournament Monday night against Nash Central. 

The message was well received, as the Panthers dominated in a 73-42 victory. 

NP was led by the trio of Ashanti Hines, Aquarius Pettaway and J’Nadia May, with Hines leading all scorers with 24 points. Pettaway dropped 22, while May added 18. 

“Right now, if we stay focused we’ll be okay,” Knight said. “I got no complaints (about the win). As long as we stay focused, play as a team and play for each other, we’ll be fine.” 

The Panthers gained the lead from the opening tip and never looked back, going on a 15-0 run in the first quarter that eventually saw the scoreboard read 17-2 after one.

The run continued into the second, where the Panthers added another five points before Nash Central’s Zhaterrica Perry scored a basket and drew a foul to get the Bulldogs on the board once again. 

NP had no problems locking down shooters, with Perry (17 points) being the only Bulldog to break the 10-point threshold. With Pettaway patrolling the inside, the Panthers relied on Hines and May at the arc to produce steals and create turnovers. 

A 36-15 lead at the break kept the Panthers in firm grasp of the lead for the remainder of the game. 

The Bulldogs gained momentum in the fourth quarter as Knight rotated deeper into his bench to allow for other players to gain some playing time. Perry continued to attempt to put together a run, earning trips to the free throw line and distributing the ball, but the Panthers defense continued to close out quickly and force bad shots. 

With the win, NP advances to semifinals, where the Panthers will play SouthWest Edgecombe on Wednesday. The game will be played at Nash Central, with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.

Tuesday’s games

The Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A and ECC 2-A Conference tournaments will tip off Tuesday night. 

In 2-A competition, the top-seeded Greene Central boys will enjoy a first-round bye, while North Lenoir takes on Ayden-Grifton at South Lenoir. In the girls tournament, A-G will travel to face South Lenoir and Greene Central will hit the road to face North Lenoir.

In the boys 3-A/4-A tournament, top seed South Central will sit back, while D.H. Conley hosts Eastern Wayne. J.H. Rose’s boys team will also hit the road to face Southern Wayne. 

On the girls side, the Vikings will play host to New Bern, while the Lady Rampants host Southern Wayne. 

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

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

High Schools

August 23, 2019

Pope John Paul II is preparing for its first ever football season.

The Saints will play eight-man football, much like fellow private school Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston, and will be coached by the schools athletic director Shaun Murphy.

"Expect a lot of passing and high scoring games,"…

081019_gdr_jp2tour-11.jpg

August 23, 2019

There is a saying that goes, “What’s old is new again.” That statement has come true as “new” Farmville Central head coach Eddie Rhodes returns to the football field as a high school head coach for the first time since 1991. Rhodes, who enters his 39th season as a…

080819_gdr_farmvillecentral-1.jpg

August 23, 2019

As Greg Watford enters his second year leading the rebuild at North Pitt he returns a team that may not have many seniors, but holds plenty of leadership, especially on offense.

The Panthers will have a trio of returning players of various years ready to help quickly bring new players into the fold,…

080919-Alex Espinosa-Johnson

August 23, 2019

For three years J.H. Rose junior Wade Jarman watched as his brother, Grant Charles, led the J.H. Rose varsity football as the quarterback. This year it's Wade's turn.

It will be the third straight season the Jarman name graces the nameplate of the Rampants starting quarterback, and he is prepared…

080219_gdr_jhrfootball-7.jpg

August 23, 2019

For those around Greene Central it was no surprise to hear that Jay Wilson was named as the Rams next head coach. Former head coach Allen Wooten, who led the team to the postseason in each of his six seasons in charge, departed for perennial powerhouse Havelock, leaving the Rams with no leader mid-…

080619_gdr_greenecentral2.jpg

August 23, 2019

Ayden-Grifton head coach Paul Cornwell has built his 15-year legacy with the Chargers around an airtight defense and a physical, punishing ground game. In 2019, he hopes to shake things up, while keeping the game plan the same.

It’s no surprise that the historic football program emulates…

080219_gdr_agfootball-5.jpg

August 23, 2019

Last season D.H. Conley faced the daunting task of replacing a once in a generation talent in now-East Carolina quarterback Holton Ahlers. While others wondered and speculated as to who would fill the lofty shoes left by Ahlers one man knew from the start who he wanted to step in. That man was…

080719_gdr_dhcfootball-3.jpg

August 23, 2019

North Pitt head football coach Greg Watford spent the majority of his first season in Bethel assessing what tools he had to work with, followed by beginning to enact a total overhaul of the team's culture.

In the process, he watched a seniors fall away, while younger players stepped up looking for…

080919_gdr_npfootball-3.jpg

August 23, 2019

J.H. Rose returns to the field in 2019 looking to push up the table and fight for a 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference title. A third-place finish included only two conference losses to the two teams to finish above Rose, rivals D.H. Conley and conference champion South Central.

The Rampants will…

080219_gdr_jhrfootball-1.jpg

August 23, 2019

It’s a new look for the Greene Central Rams as they enter the 2019 season.

The team brings in first-year head coach Jay Wilson, who had been an assistant with the team the previous two seasons along with leading GC’s junior varsity program. The team also is without now-North Carolina…

080619_gdr_greenecentral3.jpg
114 stories in High Schools. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 12
        Next Page»   Last Page»