Yellow Jackets fall at Holly Springs
Holly Springs 62, Lee County 47
Holly Springs (12-11, 8-8) jumped out to a 22-7 lead through the first quarter and beat the visiting Yellow Jackets (12-12, 9-7) for a season split as the regular season wrapped up Friday night.
Lee County was within striking distance, a 42-35 deficit, headed to the fourth quarter, but couldn’t rally back.
Anthanee Doyle led Holly Springs with 30 points.
Dewaun McEachin had 19 points and Dante Graham scored 17 points for the Jackets.
No. 4-seeded Lee County will host No. 5 Panther Creek in the first round of the Tri-Nine Tournament Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Reidsville 63, Jordan-Matthews 48
After a Jet win at Reidsville on Tuesday, the Rams returned the favor in Siler City Friday night.
The Jets led 26-25 at halftime before Reidsville moved ahead to a 49-36 lead with a quarter to go. Rashard Galloway led the Rams with 14 points.
Center Derek Hamilton led Jordan-Matthews with 13 points. Jaleel Dunn added nine points.
The Jets (18-6, 6-6) will host Reidsville, for a third straight meeting, in the first round of the Mid-State Conference Tournament Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Chatham Central 53, North Moore 46
The Bears avenged an earlier 61-60 loss to the Mustangs with a win in Robbins as both sides closed their regular seasons Friday night.
Junior forward Zack Burke led the Bears with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. LaQuinn Mordecai scored 18 points. Jeremy Kerr added eight points and six boards.
Chatham Central (7-14, 6-10) is the No. 7 seed going into the Yadkin Valley Conference Tournament. North Moore (13-10, 10-6) is the No. 3 seed in the YVC.
Northwood 65, Granville Central 54
The Chargers (15-9, 12-4) kept their hold on the No. 2 seed for the 2A Carolina 12 Tournament with a home victory Friday night. Northwood ran out to a 36-16 halftime lead.
Carrboro (16-0 Carolina 12) is the top seed heading into the conference tourney which starts Wednesday.
Garner 75, Harnett Central 66
Senior Hunter Baker and sophomore Don Singletary scored 23 points apiece for the Trojans but Garner (19-3, 13-1) topped visiting Harnett Central (9-14, 4-10) Friday night.
Senior Demarcus Sanford led Garner with 23 points, six assists and five rebounds. Harnett Central led 31-30 at halftime. Garner led 52-51 through three quarters.
No. 6-seed Harnett Central plays No. 3 Southeast Raleigh in the first round of the Greater Neuse River Conference Tournament at Clayon Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Hoke County 83, Pinecrest 54
Hoke County (22-2, 10-0) completed a perfect Southeastern Conference regular season routing the visiting Patriots (15-8, 5-5) Friday night.
Tarique Thompson led the Bucks with 23 points. Adam Cummings led the Patriots with 12 points.
Pinecrest, No. 3 in the SEC, will host No. 6 Purnell Swett in the first round of the conference tourney Monday at 7 p.m.
O’Neal 82, Fayetteville Academy 72
After Fayetteville Academy beat the Falcons twice in the regular season, O’Neal (12-13) rallied in the second half to beat higher seed in a semifinal of the Cape Fear Independent Conference Tournament Friday night in Southern Pines.
Fayetteville Academy (19-8) led 42-35 at halftime. The Falcons scored 22 points in the third quarter and 25 in the fourth.
Senior Jacob Talbert, who became the program’s all-time leading scorer earlier this season, led O’Neal with 33 points. Theo Johnson scored 16 points and Jack Johnston scored 14 points.
O’Neal advanced to face Village Christian in last night’s CFIC championship game.
Holly Springs 65, Lee County 20
Holly Springs (21-3, 14-2) jumped out to a 33-9 lead by halftime and spoiled Senior Night and the season finale for the Lady Yellow Jackets (5-19, 0-16).
Lee County’s seniors are Allie Eyers, Meredith Love, Olivia Sturdivant, De’Ja Bland, Nikki Hoover and Sarah VanSteen.
Holly Springs is the No. 2 seed, behind season-champ Green Hope, for the Tri-Nine Conference Tournament.
Reidsville 52, Jordan-Matthews 40
Reidsville earned a season split, a three-way tie atop the Mid-State Conference, and with a coin toss Saturday morning, the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, thanks to a win in Siler City Friday night.
Kennethea Galloway led Reidsville with 17 points.
Mylia Garner led the Lady Jets with 18 points and Erin Bristow added seven points.
The Lady Rams led 30-17 at halftime. Jordan-Matthews closed to as close as five points, but no closer, in the second half.
The Lady Jets (21-3, 10-2) drew a home game against Providence Grove Monday at 6 p.m. in the Mid-State first round.
Harnett Central 57, Garner 39
Harnett Central took control after a 25-25 halftime score at Garner Friday night. Senior forward DeAnneisha Jackson scored 27 points, with 12-of-16 field goal shooting, and got 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Harnett Central (19-4, 10-4) won the third period 18-4. Keshonta Williams had 10 points, six steals, five assists and five rebounds for Harnett Central.
Kiyana Stokes led Garner (3-17, 3-11) with 25 points.
No. 3 Harnett Central has a rematch with No. 6 Garner in the first round of the Greater Neuse River Conference Tournament Monday at 5:30 p.m. at East Wake.
Pinecrest 61, Hoke County 32
Pinecrest (14-8, 7-3) finished its regular season with a win at Hoke County Friday night.
Jasmine Chalmers led the Lady Patriots with 18 points, four steals and three assists. Janea Williams had 12 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks. Felicia Painter added 10 points and seven rebounds.
No. 3-seeded Pinecrest will host No. 6 Purnell Swett in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Northwood 61, Granville Central 26
Northwood rolled to a 40-13 halftime lead to beat visiting Granville Central Friday night.
Shontai Totten led the Lady Chargers with 14 points and Alexis Brower scored 12 points.
Northwood (20-4, 15-1) finished runner-up in the Carolina 12 season race to 16-0 River Mill Academy. Northwood is the No. 1 seed for the 2A Carolina 12 Tournament which starts Wednesday.