BY MICHAEL HELD
KENLY—The North Johnston boys basketball team got off to a slow start last Tuesday against Farmville Central in its Eastern Plains 2A Conference opener and although the Panthers corrected their mistakes, the hole dug in the opening quarter was too much to overcome.
The Jaguars (7-3 overall, 1-0 EPC) held a six-point lead after the opening quarter and went on to get the 69-62 win.
Turnovers were the name of the game early on as North Johnston turnovers quickly turned in Farmville Central points during the Jaguars’ 20-point opening quarter.
“We turned the ball over too much at the start of the game,” said North Johnston coach Chris Batten. “We struggled to see their double teams coming and made some poor decisions. Once we adjusted, we handled their pressure pretty well.”
In addition to starting to limit turnovers when they had the ball as the game wore on, the Panthers did a good job defensively getting to the Farmville Central shooters and limiting any offensive rebounding.
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