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Kinston crushes North Johnston in first round

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KINSTON — The Kinston High girls varsity basketball team never trailed and cruised to a 64-33 victory over North Johnston.

The No. 3-seeded Vikings (22-5) won their 17th straight contest and will face No. 14 Roanoke Rapids in the second round Thursday. Kinston recorded 18 assists, spreading the ball well all night.

Lesley Sutton had three assists in a 10-2 run for the Vikings to start the contest. Kinston led by as many as 10 in the first quarter and although a Jordyn Scott basket to start the second brought North Johnston (14-11) within 20-13, Taliyah Jones followed with a basket to spark another 8-2 run as the Vikings took a 35-20 halftime advantage.

Kinston never let the lead get under double figures in the second half, using a 19-2 run to close out the third — punctuated by Zykia Andrews’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer — to go up 54-25 heading into the fourth. The Vikings stretched their lead to as many as 34.

Jones and Michyla Dove led the Vikings with 14 points each, and 11 Kinston players scored overall.

NORTH JOHNSTON (33)

Gibson 11, Pearce 8, Scott 6, Blue 2, Massey 2, Massengill 2, Hines 2.

KINSTON (64)

Dove 14, Jones 14, Cobb 6, Andrews 6, Sutton 6, Powell 6, Lee 5, Baker 2, S. Jones 2, Lane 2, Rivers 1.

Score by quarters:

North Johnston 11 9 5 8 — 33

Kinston 20 15 19 10 — 64

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