Jaguars hold off Kinston, 76-56
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Saturday, March 9, 2019
For the first time since 2006, the Farmville Central’s girls basketball team will be playing for a shot at the 2-A state championship.
The No. 1-seeded Jaguars punched their ticket after halting a furious Kinston comeback attempt late in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars walked away from Minges Coliseum victorious, 76-56.
“I’m really proud of this team,” FC coach Hollis Harper said. “They played really hard the whole year, they never gave up. Kinston was a great team. They came back from almost a 25-point deficit and cut the lead to like six or something like that. We withstood the storm and in the end, we made a good play and made them turn the ball over.”
FC held a healthy 56-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter when Kinston head coach Chris Bradshaw decided to make a change to the Vikings’ game plan, choosing to intentionally foul Jaguars forward Amiya Joyner. His plan paid off, as Joyner continued to miss at the line, finishing just 2-of-10 on the night.
“I told them just be patient,” Harper said he told his team during the Kinston run. “(Kinston) came with a game plan to foul our big girl, which my big girl at the time was not hitting her free throws. They came with a good game plan. So I had to take the big girl out and go with another execution and put the ball in the point guard’s hands.
The 18-0 run deep in the quarter pushed Kinston back to within eight points, 64-56. Harper’s response was to sub out Joyner in favor of handing the ball off to her sister, Jordan, who finished 6-for-8 from the stripe. The Jaguars scored the remaining 14 points of the game to reach the final.
Jordan Joyner led the way for the Jaguars, finishing with 23 points, three assists and four steals. Rashya Speight also provided a sizable contribution, dropping 20 points and three assists. Speight also shot well from beyond the ark, finishing 3-for- 5. Forward Ja’Shyra Carmon added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
FC’s Rashya Speight for 3! Jags lead Kinston 17-11 with 1:55 left in the first pic.twitter.com/6LSsiqgUZt— Jake Keator-Daily Reflector Sports (@JakeKeatorDR) March 9, 2019
Both sides came out firing from beyond the arc, trading three-pointers to open the game before FC, assisted by two triples from Speight, ended the first quarter on a 14-2 run to take a 20-11 lead.
The Jaguars continued to keep the pressure on in the second, as the squad worked its way to the free throw line, going into the break with a 37-23 lead.
Led by Speight, FC continued to cultivate its lead in the third quarter, opting to shoot mid-range jump shots rather than compete with Kinston’s Anzaryia Cobb in the low post.
The Jaguars will travel to Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh on Saturday, where they will face Mountain Heritage at 7:30 p.m..
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Parrott Academy 9, North Johnston 0
APA downed North Johnston on Friday as part of the Brittany Showcase in Wilson. Three players scored two goals, including Megan Blair, Alex Melk and Gisell Cervantes.
APA (3-0) will travel to face Fayetteville Academy Tuesday.
Washington 13, D.H. Conley 10
D.H. Conley fell to Washington on Saturday in an offensive showdown.
Maggie Craig went 3-for-4 on the afternoon, hitting a home run and knocking in four RBIs. Other Vikings with strong plate performances included Alexis Phllips (3-5), Carson Fleming (2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs) and Anna Sawyer (2-3, 2 2Bs, RBI).
Conley (2-1) will host C.B. Aycock Tuesday.
South Central 11, Southern Wayne 0
The Falcons had no issue dealing with Southern Wayne Friday night, as Isabelle Moore had another stellar performance form the circle. Moore gave up just two hits in the win.
From the plate, senior Amaya Evans finished with a perfect batting average after going 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs. Kennedy Fipps (2-3, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBIs) also had a solid outing.
SC (4-0) will host North Johnston on Monday.
North Pitt 7, Ayden-Grifton 4
Ayden-Grifton’s late comeback fell just short Saturday against North Pitt.
Blake McLawhorn (2-3, RBI) and Jordan Atkinson (1-4, HR, 2 Rs) spearheaded the effort.
Star pitcher Jacob Peaden picked up the win for NP, while Connor Allen was credited with the loss.
A-G (3-2) will host Farmville Central on Tuesday. North Pitt (6-0) travels to face Southside.