Falcons dominate Rams, 80-41
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, December 6, 2018
South Central boys basketball took down Greene Central once again Wednesday night, earning an 80-41 victory.
It was the second meeting of the young season for these two teams, with the Falcons also taking the win on the road, 92-61 on Nov. 27.
The Falcons were once again led by North Carolina commit Day’ron Sharpe, who led all scorers with 18 points. Jahzeer Baker had 14, while Shykeim Phillips played the role of the passer, but also finished with 10 points. The Rams leaned heavily on Imajae Dodd for production, and he had 13 points in the match-up.
The Falcons girls also dominated with a 67-17 shelling.
“We stuck to the script tonight, do what we do,” Falcons head coach Chris Cherry said. “Last time we had a lot of first-game jitters, first-game mistakes. We played a lot more fluid game offensively tonight.”
Fluid was the perfect word to describe the Falcons offense, as they quickly jumped to an 11-2 lead that set the tone for the rest of the game. The Rams struggled to get any of their shots to fall.
Dodd made his presence known early rocking the rim to try and jump start a run, making the score 11-5. Sharpe responded quickly, gathering up a missed shot and slamming it down to energize a rowdy SC student section. Shortly thereafter Baker kept the energy going, nailing back to-back triples to push the score to 27-13.
On defense, the Falcons played a strong half-court set, forcing GC guard B.J. Corbitt into several traps in the corner. GC head coach Blue Edwards continued to try and help his struggling squad navigate through the SC defense.
Dodd and Sharpe did not meet in the post as much as they did in their first meeting in Snow Hill, as Dodd worked to try and stretch the floor to get his team’s shooters hot. He did, however, nail a nice turnaround jumper with Sharpe’s hand in his face to the delight of the onlooking Rams faithful.
On the other side, Sharpe worked hard on the defensive glass, picking up the loose balls left by missed GC shots. The Falcons then slowed the pace to kill clock as they moved methodically up the floor.
In the second half, shots started to fall for the Rams, as they began to push the floor in transition more leading to easier and more plentiful shots.
The Falcons (4-0) will travel to First Flight High School for their next matchup, taking on Woodside High School (Va.)
Cherry is ready to get into preparing for an opponent with which he and his squad are unfamiliar.
“We’ll take a look at them,” Cherry said. “More than anything here at South Central we take pride in being us. We’ll identify the things we don’t do so well and work on improving those areas in this game.”
The Rams (2-3) will host another difficult opponent in Farmville Central Friday night in Snow Hill.
Like the boys’ team, SC’s girls team defeated their Greene Central counterpart.
The Falcons took control from the first tip, jumping out to a 23-0 lead. The Rams didn’t get on the board till the second quarter, when Leaudrea Mason (three points) made a layup.
The Falcons were led by Ninevah Reddick, who had 13 points. Kayla Friend (nine points), Anna Mewborn (eight points) and Cyanni Whitfield (eight points) also had solid contributions.
SC saw many of its points come off of GC turnovers. The Rams struggled to get any good looks, with the majority of their points coming in the fourth quarter. They also struggled from the free throw line.
The Falcons will host Bertie Dec. 12, while the Rams will take on Farmville Central in Snow Hill on Friday.
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Kinston 59, J.H. Rose 17
An 18-0 first quarter run sparked Kinston en route to a victory over J.H. Rose. The Lady Rampants fell to 0-4 on the season while the Vikings improve to 3-0.
The Vikings led 18-1 at the end of the first quarter and 29-5 at halftime. Kinston was able to get its first field goal with 5:53 left in the second quarter as Kamya Brown scored on a layup.
The Vikings were clicking on both sides of the ball and Rose couldn’t recover from the excellent start from Christopher Bradshaw’s team. Rose head coach Mark Johnson pointed to many things his team could have done better.
“While it wasn’t the result we wanted, it is still very early in the season,” Johnson said. “We just want to improve each day so that we can be good when it counts. That’s why it’s a long season. We haven’t started conference play yet, but the bottom line is that we have to be better.”
In the end, the search for the Rampants’ first win continued. Rose takes on Bertie on Friday night. The Falcons defeated Rose 67-43 in their first matchup on Nov. 27th.
— Laieke Abebe
Kinston 77, J.H. Rose 52
While the game was close during the first half, a second-half blitz from Kinston led the Vikings to a huge victory over J.H. Rose. The Rampants weren’t able to overcome poor free throw shooting and a huge disadvantage on the glass.
Rose managed to keep up with Kinston early in the game. There was a lot of back-and-forth action with countless hustle plays. In the end, the Vikings led 15-13 at the end of the first.
The Vikings played a lot better in the second quarter, but the Rampants continued to stay in the game. Free throw shooting was big in this game and Rose left points on the line. They trailed Kinston 28-21 at halftime, but then the Vikings imposed their will in the third quarter.
Kinston outscored Rose 30-14 in the third period and it was mostly because of their work on the offensive glass. This, among other things, was on the mind of Rose head coach James Rankins.
“Towards the end of the first half, we were a little too aggressive,” he said. “We also left a few points out there. Credit to Kinston for playing an excellent second half. Once we were in a hole, it was tough to get out of it. We’re a really young team and my players are still learning the concepts of varsity basketball.”
Rose shot 6-for-21 from the free throw line and were also out-rebounded by a wide margin, especially on the offensive glass. Montez Green led the Rampants with 12 points and Aaron Murphy added 11. For the Vikings, Cardiaa Koonce had 15 points and Issac Parson pitched in 12.
“We were in foul trouble early,” Rankins added, “but the guys competed and gave a lot of effort. Kinston has a lot of really good players. The bottom line is we always have to keep fighting if we want to have a chance to win games.”
Rankins will be looking for a better performance from his team when the Rampants host Bertie on Friday night. Rose will be looking to avenge a 75-70 loss to the Falcons in their first meeting.
“When you’re playing games like this early in the season, it helps the coaches and the players be better,” Rankins added. “It helps the team with practicing at game speed. There are many other good things we can take from this game so we can be even better going into a quality conference schedule.”
— Laieke Abebe
Conley dominates meet
The Conley girls finished first in every event except one on Wednesday, distancing itself from Swansboro, New Bern, South Central, Havelock and West Carteret.
Winners included the 200 medley relay (Meredith Bullard, Abigail Burns, Brooke Despres, Faith Koesters), 200 free (Helen Dennison), 50 free (Ruth McGee), 100 butterfly (Meredith Bullard), 100 free (Burns), 500 free (Jariana Vasques-Soto), 200 free relay (Burns, Despres, Bullard, Koesters), 100 breast (Burns), 400 free relay (Koesters, Lexi Blatt, Kylie Gross, McGee).