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North Johnston girls fall to Farmville Central

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KENLY — Fatigue set in for the North Johnston varsity girls basketball team Feb. 5 as Farmville Central’s full-court trap finally broke the Lady Panthers, 76-52, in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference matchup.

The Lady Panthers (13-6, 3-4 EPC) were able to keep the game close at halftime, 34-27. But as the trapping defense continued to press, the 20 turnovers became too much to overcome in the second half.

“I was hoping we could go into the fourth quarter at single digits or close to it and then you never know,” North Johnston head coach Jay Poole said. “It didn’t work out that way, their pressure and their depth got to us and they’re so talented.”

Poole was happy with the improvement from the Jan. 11 meeting with the Lady Jaguars (17-0, 7-0 EPC) where they only scored 17 points and got beat by 40-plus points. He said the main goal was not to let the clock run, and they accomplished that.

Janiya Foskey had a game-high 17 for the Lady Jaguars. North Johnston’s Arial Pearce finished with a team-high 15 points.

Farmville Central (76)

Joyner 13, Pitt 3, Speight 10, Sheppard 15, Williams 4, Foskey 17, Willoughby 2, Cavman 7, Barrett 2, Staten 3.

North Johnston (52)

Blue 4, Scott 5, Massey 6, Pearce 14, Massengill 7, Gibson 8, Hines 4, Gachuz 4.

Score by quarters:

Farmville Central 18 16 17 25 — 76

North Johnston 13 14 10 15 — 52