Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.
KENLY — Jordyn Scott and her North Johnston High varsity girls basketball teammates didn’t allow Beddingfield High’s Makayla Everette stop them from getting back to .500 in 2-A Eastern Plains Conference play, 57-45, Friday night.
Scott had a game-high 22 points while Everette finished the game with 20 points, but Lady Panthers head coach Jay Poole was at a loss with how to play the Lady Bruins 6-foot-2 junior standout.
“Credit to Beddingfield, we did everything we could to stop Everette, and she still ended up with 20 points,” Poole said. “She’s just a good player and Beddingfield does a good job of getting the ball into her.”
Lady Bruins head coach Debra Pegram said she was happy with how her team fought back in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 10 points despite being down double digits for most of the game. The problem for the Lady Bruins (3-14, 1-4 EPC) tonight and all season is trying to find scoring outside of Everette.
“We have to continue to work on turnovers and playing hard and just understanding the commitment and the energy it takes to be a varsity girls basketball player, and we’ve been trying to search for that all season,” Pegram said. “At times they look better. We just have to work on being more consistent.”
North Johnston got a big lift from Scott’s 22 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Pegram felt they did a better job on Arial Pearce Friday night than their Jan. 16th meeting where the sophomore had 17 points, but let Scott run free too much. Pearce still ended the game with 13 points and four steals.
Poole spoke highly of Mackenzie Gibson for scoring eight points in one of her first games back from knee surgery. Lindsey Massengill also added eight points, and Poole was happy to have the spread out scoring numbers.
In a conference with the No. 2 2-A team in the state, Farmville Central, and last year’s 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association champion, North Pitt, Poole knows there are only so many spots left to be eligible for the playoffs. The Lady Panthers are now 13-5 and 3-3 in EPC play and are in fourth place, which would likely get them to the playoffs if they can maintain their spot.
“Every conference game is huge, every conference game is hard,” Poole said. “You want to try to keep your head as high above water as you can because you can’t get into the playoffs until the team ahead of you gets in to the playoffs. Tonight was big to maintain our pecking order to stay right behind North Pitt.”
Beddingfield has a long road ahead as the playoffs and conference crown seem out of the picture, but Pegram said they will keep working through the end of the season to get better. The Lady Bruins will host North Pitt (12-8, 3-3 EPC) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The Lady Panthers will welcome in the aforementioned Lady Jaguars (16-0, 6-0) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Everette 20, Thomas 6, Best 7, Sherrod 4, Cooper 3, Dudley 5.
North Johnston (57)
Scott 22, Pearce 13, Massengill 8, Hines 4, Gibson 8, Narron 2.
Score by quarters:
Beddingfield 12 8 11 14 — 45
North Johnston 19 14 14 10 — 57