Fourth quarters trip up North Johnston boys basketball

The North Johnston basketball team continued its trip through the typically rough and choppy waters of the Eastern Plains 2A Conference last week.

Despite putting themselves into position to win games against SouthWest Edgecombe and league leading Farmville Central, the Panthers were not able to get the defensive stops necessary in the fourth quarters of those contests to pull out victories.

At Farmville Central, North Johnston outscored the Jaguars 15-10 in the third quarter to get to within two points but a 38-point outburst from Farmville Central in the fourth quarter followed and led to the 86-71 win for the Jaguars (15-3, 8-0).

Farmville Central’s Justin Wright had 30 points and Terquavion Smith had 14.

Against SouthWest Edgecombe, North Johnston tied the Cougars at 50-50 heading into the final quarter thanks to another strong third quarter in which the Panthers outscored SouthWest 21-15.

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