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SMITHFIELD — Freshman Anna Taylor scored 28 points by way of eight 3-pointers to lead the Neuse Charter girls basketball team to its fourth victory in a row to start the season, a 69-27 demolishing of Rocky Mount Preparatory on Tuesday night. 

The Cougars leapt out to a big lead early, scoring 33 points in the first quarter, then continuing to pile it on to lead by 40 points at the half. 

In the second half, the Cougars scored just 19 points, but the hard work had already been done. Through four games, a youthful Neuse Charter program has outscored its opponents by a combined 123 points.

The Cougars will host Dunn Midway on Friday at 6 p.m.

Rocky Mount Prep (27)

No statistics available.

Neuse Charter (69)

Taylor 28, Dargan Harris 14, Staten 12, Parrish 6, Manning 3, Delaney Harris 6.

SSS starts season 1-0

SMITHFIELD — A back-and-forth battle between the Smithfield-Selma girls basketball team and Corinth Holders was won by the Spartans, 56-53, on Tuesday night in the first game under first-year head coach Dedrick Payton.

Khaliyah Peacock scored 23 points to lead the way for SSS, while Zniah Thaggard added 12 points to pace the victors.

 The game was a low-scoring affair early, as SSS led 6-5 after the first quarter. By the end of the first half, Corinth Holders had overtaken the lead and the two schools were spearated 30-24.  Crawford Ramsey led the Pirates in the first half with 12 points.

By the end of the third quarter, that lead was narrowed to just one point and the Spartans overtook the lead for good down the stretch.

Drawing two free throws with 20 seconds left, Deonna Adams had a chance to bring Corinth Holders within a point of Smithfield-Selma, but the free throws were missed, allowing the Spartans to escape.

Corinth Holders will host Apex Friendship on Friday at 7 p.m. searching for its first victory, while Smithfield-Selma will go to Harnett Central for its next game at 6:30 on the same night.


Peacock 23, Thaggard 12, Robertson 9, McQueen 8, Reddick 2, Santos 2.

Corinth Holders (53)

No statistics available.


Pirates down Spartans in overtime

SMITHFIELD — When a hard-fought, close game went down to the wire, the Corinth Holders boys basketball team downed Smithfield-Selma 52-49 in overtime on Tuesday as the Pirates captured their first victory in what was the Spartans home-opener.

A 24-point effort from senior Gabe Brewington and the addition of 9 points from Sam Tilton helped the Pirates turn the tides in bonus basketball. Both teams entered the overtime period tied at 41, when Corinth Holders outscored SSS 11-8 to capture its first win of the season.

For the Spartans, Elijah Weir shot 7-for-16 to lead his team with 24 points, while six other players contributed. Weir also brought down a team-high six rebounds.

 Corinth Holders will travel to Apex Friendship at 6:30 on Friday night, while Smithfield-Selma will take a bus to Harnett Central for a tipoff at 7:30 the same night. 

Further statistics for Corinth Holders were not available.

Smithfield-Selma (49)

Weir 24, Faulk 6, Atkinson 5, Stokes 5, Hinton 4, Bryant 3, Altman 2.

Corinth Holders (52)

No complete statistics available.