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Lady Panthers shut down Hobbton 54-9

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KENLY — The North Johnston’s girls basketball team enjoyed its most dominant performance of the season with a 54-9 win against Hobbton, 54-9, Friday night.

The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Panthers, now 3-2, scored a season-high in points and allowed a season-low. Senior guard Jordyn Scott led the way with 21 points and 10 steals.

“I love defense,” Scott said. “That’s what my favorite thing is on the court — defense. Defense wins you games.”

Defense has been the theme for North Johnston early this season after losing Tayanna Jones and Levossie Taylor to graduation and transfer, respectively. The Lady Panthers have had to rely on defense turning into offense to score, and Friday they racked up 20 steals.

North Johnston relies a lot on young players with half of its roster being freshmen or sophomores, and sophomore Arial Pearce was the second fiddle to Scott with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist. Senior Lindsey Massengill also put in eight points.

The 1-A Carolina Conference Lady Wildcats remained winless through five games.

The Lady Panthers play their final pre-Christmas game Thursday at home against South Johnston.


Bustamante 5, Parker 2, Wilkes 2.


Scott 21, Pearce 12, Massengill 8, Massey 6, Blue 4, Barnes 2, Gachuz 1, Gibson, Hines, Narron, Jones.

Score by quarters:

Hobbton 4 1 2 2 — 9

North Johnston 15 12 20 7 — 54