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Rams, Pitt County trio all in Minges

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Farmville Central's Dantavious Short, right, goes up for a shot while being guarded by Greene Central's Zach Taylor during a game on Dec. 7, 2018.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Greene Central’s boys plus three Pitt County basketball teams advanced to Saturday’s NCHSAA Eastern Regional final round, including a pair of familiar opponents.

Farmville Central’s boys and girls in addition to Greene Central and South Central’s nationally ranked boys all will play Saturday in East Carolina’s Minges Coliseum.

The schedule for Minges on Saturday is: Farmville girls versus Kinston at noon, FC boys against Greene Central at 2 p.m., Washington County boys against Henderson Collegiate at 4 and then Millbrook versus South Central at 6 in an anticipated 4-A showdown.

Winners advance to state championship games for the following weekend.

When Farmville Central’s boys face the Rams in the 2-A East final, the Rams and Jaguars will meet for the fourth time this season in a battle between the top two seeds. The Jags (30-0) won the three previous meetings over the Rams (23-7) — one was at home, another on the road and also at J.H. Rose in the Pitt County holiday tournament.

“We’re really honored to be here,” FC coach Larry Williford said Wednesday. “We knew there was a good chance we would see them again, and we’re looking forward to the challenge. This deep in the playoffs, it’s just about taking care of your team first, and the mindset you have going into the basketball game.”

Williford, also the school’s athletics director, praised the Farmville community for the support shown during a tremendous run for Jaguar basketball.

“Farmville is a great community,” he said. “We get so much support from alumni, the student body and the community. We’ve really built up a basketball culture, and the community expects us to succeed. It’s truly a great place to be a coach and the athletic director.”

South Central (28-1), fresh off a 79-45 road win over second-seeded Wakefield on Tuesday, moves to the 4-A East final to face a team from Wake County for the third straight season. SC lost to Wake Forest Heritage in overtime in Minges in 2018.

“We’re just a proud program and we play for each other,” Cherry said Tuesday in Raleigh. “We play for the name on the front of the jersey. Our program record speaks for itself, we have nothing to prove to anybody. Our record over the six years we’ve been 4-A speaks for itself.”

FC’s girls (26-0) also will face a familiar opponent in rival Kinston (25-5). While the two sides have not met this season, both squads typically bring large followings wherever they play. 

The Jaguars enter as the top seed. Kinston is No. 3 and and made it to Minges after edging No. 10 Ledford 48-47 on Tuesday night.

Two Pitt County teams played in Minges Coliseum a year ago, including the North Pitt girls winning their regional final and then the 2-A state championship.

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

GIRLS’ SOCCER

D.H. Conley 9

Eastern Wayne 0

D.H. Conley led 6-0 at halftime and cruised to its first Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference win of the season.

Maeve English and Ella Philpot earned a combined shutout. DHC’s offense featured four goals by Mary McKnight and three from Gabrielle Kirkman.

Parrott Academy 4

RMA 2

Two unan­swered goals by Par­rott af­ter a 2-2 tie sealed APA’s first vic­tory of the sea­son. Gisell Cer­vantes and a PK from Rachel Alexan­der Lee were scored af­ter it was 2-2.

Alex Melk had the first two goals. Ele Wooten made five saves.

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