Panther boys take first win
North Johnston’s boys basketball team broke a five-game losing streak to open the season with a big 54-49 road victory over Princeton Friday. North held the Bulldogs to seven fourth-quarter points.
Four Panthers finished with 9 or more points in a balanced scoring night. Ben Howell had a team-high 14, while Adam Tucker chipped in 10. Brian Frazier and C.J. Jackson had nine each.
Princeton’s Michael Wooten led all scorers with 17 points.
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North Johnston girls overcome Princeton
North Johnston grabbed a road victory overall rival Princeton in girls basketball Friday, 55-45. Tangela Williams of North led all scorers with 22 points; Jankiva Blue added 19 for the Panthers (3-2).
Princeton’s Charley Cox helped keep her team in the game at the free throw line. Cox was 14-of-15 from the stripe on the night, finishing with 21 total points. Kelsey Peedin had 13 rebounds, 10 points and four steals in the loss for the Bulldogs (1-2).
South Johnston sweeps Neuse Charter
South Johnston grabbed boys and girls basketball wins in a doubleheader with Neuse Charter on Friday.
The South girls won, 49-28, to improve to 6-2 on the season. Anna Webster led South Johnston with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Sarah Pierce led the Trojans with 15 rebounds, while adding nine points. McKinley Johnson had 11 assists as well for South and Jatina Cradick grabbed seven rebounds off of the bench.
South Johnston’s boys outscore Neuse Charter in a wild fourth quarter for a 63-51 victory. The Trojans had 23 points in the final frame to NCS’s 19.
Stenborg leads Cleveland boys
Bobby Stenborg had 21 points and 15 rebounds to pace Cleveland to a 70-59 victory over Panther Creek Friday night. Jeff David added 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Rams in the win.
Rams jump to 7-0
Cleveland’s girls basketball team moved to 7-0 with a 41-36 victory over Panther Creek Friday night. Alliyah Sands (11 points) and Miranda Hinton (10) led Cleveland in scoring.
Sands also pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out five assists.
Corinth Holders wins first Two Rivers winter meet
The boys and girls track and field teams from Corinth Holders won their respective divisions in a Two Rivers 3A Conference meet on Dec. 3.
The Pirate girls finished with 97 points, 15 ahead of Western Harnett. Cleveland (64.5) was third, followed by South Johnston (47). Smithfield-Selma was sixth (31 points).
Corinth Holders had an easier time in the boys’ division with 154 points, 64 ahead of runner-up Western. South Johnston was fourth, Cleveland fifth and SSS sixth.
Event winners for the Pirates were Arden Vessie (girls 3,200 meters), Patrick Myers (boys 3,200), Sadavion Dixon (boys long jump, boys triple jump, 55), Kane Little (boys high jump), Kayla Ste. Marie (girls 1,000), Hannah Canterbury (girls 500), Bobby Beare (boys 500), Jared Johnson (boys shot), the 1,600 boys relay team and the girls 3,200 relay team.
Cassidy McNierney won the girls long and high jumps for Cleveland. The Rams’ boys 3,200 relay team also won.
South Johnston picked up victories from Jacob Gonzalez (boys 1,000), Savannah Creed (girls pole vault) and Emma Blackmon (girls shot).
Gwyn reece of Smithfield-Selma won the girls 1,600.
Fourth quarter helps lift Clayton boys
Clayton needed a big fourth quarter and got it Thursday night, holding Corinth Holders to eight points over the final eight minutes of play and grabbing a hard-fought 64-51 boys basketball victory on the road.
The Comets (4-1) led 36-34 at the half. Tre Armstead had another big night offensively for Clayton, throwing in a game-high 30 points. Corinth Holders (1-4) was led by Dymon Walker’s 18 points. Khalil Bryant, a night after scoring a school record 36, had an even dozen points.
Garner downs West Johnston
Garner topped West Johnston last week in a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference wrestling match, 40-33. The Trojans won five of the seven weight classes from 106-145 to help build their lead.
West’s Sam Campbell, Matthew Chandler, Tunstall Jefferson, Joseph Lama, Joseph Sewell and Nathan Vasquez were victorious in their matches.
Panthers top Bulldogs, Saints
North Johnston picked up wins over Princeton and Southern Wayne in a three-team meet on Thursday. The Panthers downed Princeton, 36-34.
R. Tyler Scott (145 pounds), Jonathan Perkins (152), Tyler Bass (220) and Robert Jackson (285) won via pins for North over Princeton.
North took a 42-41 decision over Southern Wayne.
Southern Wayne edged Princeton 42-34 in their match. Luke Brush (106), Michael Daughtry (132), Martin Bayles (138) and Cody Parrish (170) all had pinfall wins for the Bulldogs. Joseph Gomez won a decision for Princeton at 145.
Pirates blast Clayton girls
Corinth Holders girls basketball team started hot and stayed that way Thursday, rolling by rival Clayton, 61-31, in girls basketball at home. The Pirates led 37-10 at the half.
Khadijah Neal and Tajah Clark were the two Corinth Holders players that the Comets had no answer for. Neal rolled up 25 points, while Clark added 20 as the Pirates improved to 5-0.
Clinton beats Smithfield-Selma
Clinton defeated Smithfield-Selma 42-36 in a dual wrestling match Thursday. Anthony Masterton, Cole Davis, Culley Kerigan, Austin Young, Caleb Brown and Robert Hicks had the wins for SSS.