Serving Kenly, Selma, Smithfield, Princeton & Pine Level since 1973

NCHSAA first round: Princeton, Clayton teams moving on

Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.


SMITHFIELD — Freshman Anna Taylor scored 33 points and added seven assists and seven steals to lead the No. 15 seed Neuse Charter girls basketball team past 18th-seeded Durham Voyager 63-40 in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A playoffs on Tuesday.

The Cougars came right out of the gate and took over, leading by 13 points after the first quarter. The host team then added 10 more points onto its lead before halftime, holding the Vikings to just four points in the second quarter.

Dargan Harris aided the Cougars with 11 points.

After an evenly-matched second half, the Cougars earned a roadtrip to No. 2-seeded Vance Charter on Thursday for the second round.

Voyager (40)

Statistics not available

Neuse Charter (63)

Staten 6, Taylor 33, Dargan Harris 11, Lynsey Parrish 6, Manning 3, Delaney Harris 4.

Score by quarters:

VA 8 4 12 16 40

NC 21 14 12 16 63

Wooten’s big night paces Princeton

PRINCETON — Junior Meredith Wooten dropped 30 points in a big performance that advanced the Princeton girls basketball team onto the second round of the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs with a 74-38 dominant win over Rocky Mount Prep of the 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference.

Wooten led all scorers in the win, while senior teammate Reanna Braswell added 16 points.

The Bulldogs held the Jaguars to just nine and six points in the first and second quarter, respectively, and took a big 27-point lead into halftime. 

Princeton continued to pile it on in the second half and hosts No. 22 seed Chatham Central on Thursday night at 6.

Further statistics were not available.

Rocky Mount Prep (38)

Scorers not available

Princeton (74)

Scorers not available.

Score by quarters:

RM 9 6 10 13 — 38

PHS 15 27 16 16 74

Lady Comets trump Vance County

CLAYTON — The No. 7 seed Clayton girls basketball team dismantled 26th-ranked Vance County in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs on Tuesday night. 

Further statistics for the Lady Comets’ win were not available. Clayton will host 10th-seeded Wilson Hunt on Thursday.

Panthers fall on the road

RANDLEMAN — The North Johnston girls basketball team, the No. 31 seed in the NCHSAA 2-A playoffs, fell hard, losing to 42-23 to have its season ended by No. 2-seeded Randleman on Tuesday night.

Further statistics from the Panthers’ loss were not available.



Bulldogs bully Falls Lake

PRINCETON — The Princeton boys basketball team, seeded eighth in the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs, had no trouble dispatching No. 25 seed Creedmoor Falls Lake Academy 94-50 on Tuesday night to advance onto the second round.

Nayshin Waller led the home quad with a double-double 19 points, 10 rebounds and six rebounds that earns another home game against No. 24 seed Warren County on Thursday.

Zion McPhatter added 17 points, Ethan Potts contributed 14 points and Jacob McCain pitched in 12 points for the Bulldogs, who have now won 10 games in a row. 

The turn for the Bulldogs came in the second quarter, when they outscored the Firebirds by 11. After halftime, the home team added to its lead dramatically, outscoring Falls Lake 24-7. 

In the fourth, a 16-point advantage closed out the game. Tipoff on Thursday night begins at 7:30.

Falls Lake Academy (50)

List all scorers here.

Princeton (94)

McPhatter 17, McCain 12, Waller 19, Taylor 4, Bartholomew 4, Woodring 3, Keokanya 2, Perris 6, Brooks 9, Bailey 4, Potts 14.

Score by quarters:

FLA 16 12 7 15 50

PHS 16 23 24 31 94

Comets advance

CLAYTON — The No. 4-seeded Clayton boys basketball team beat 29th-seeded Harnett Central 84-57 in the NCHSAA first-round matchup on Tuesday night at home. 

Further stats from the Comets’ win were not available.

Clayton will host No. 13 seed Northern Nash on Thursday.

Rams fall at West Carteret

MOREHEAD CITY — The No. 27 Cleveland boys basketball team had its season ended 64-38 by sixth-seeded West Carteret in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-A first round on Tuesday.

Trey Field scored 11 points and Austin Robinson scored 10 in the low-scoring loss.

The Rams struggled to score in the second half, scoring just eigh points in the third quarter and six in the fourth. 

By contract, West Carteret gained a 22-point advantage during that point.

Cleveland (38)

Matthews 6, Robinson 10, Ghaffar 2, Wiggins 4, Dawson Smith 2, Dylan Smith 3, Fields 11.

West Carteret (64)

Williams 9, Bradberry 9, Jones 18, Jones 13, Ellingsworth 2, Gilikin 4, Kenon 9.

Score by quarters:

CvHS 11 13 8 6 38

WCHS 21 7 12 24 64