Sports Briefs: Smithfield-Selma boys split first two games

November 22, 2013 

Spartans split first two contests

Smithfield-Selma’s boys’ basketball team opened its season with a 84-74 win over Southern Wayne on Monday night, but fell to Wilson File 53-45 on Tuesday. Quantez Leach (22) and Jeffrey David (20) both topped the 20-point mark in the win over Southern. Zay Best led Smithfield-Selma with 13 points against Fike.

Howell earns all-state soccer honors

Smithfield-Selma soccer standout Harrison Howell was named to the N.C. Coaches Association 3A all-state team after helping lead the Spartans to the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship this season. The senior midfielder was the only Johnston County player to make an all-state squad.

Howell led the Spartans in goals, assists and points scored this season. He registered 13 assists, 12 goals and 37 points.

Comets sweep South Johnston

Clayton pulled away from South Johnston’s girls’ basketball team with a big third quarter for a 56-40 season-opening win on Monday night. The Comets outscored the Trojans 20-9 in the third quarter.

Four Clayton players finished in double figures with Tanisha Murphy leading the way with 14 points. Amber Caudle (12), Ashley Murphy (12) and Jenna Harris (10) also finished in double figures.

Alexis Massengill had 14 points and 12 rebounds for South Johnston in the loss. Krista Collins added 11 points.

Clayton led just 20-18 at the half.

“We were very pleased with our play last night,” said South coach Ronda Langdon. “Our shooting percentage was poor for us and that was the deciding factor in the game. We missed too many easy shots that could have made big differences. We played scrappy and with more confidence than we have in a long time.

“Clayton is always tough and has a strong program.”

Clayton won the boys’ game, 78-30. Gary Clark (17 points) and Dawson Medlin (16) led the Comets in scoring.

Baseball team holding Toys for Tots fundraiser

The South Johnston High baseball team is selling $1 raffle tickets for a $100 Walmart gift card through its ninth annual Toys for Tots toy drive. Tickets are available from South baseball players and coaches through Dec. 12.

All proceeds go to purchase toys that will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Over the past eight years, more than $25,000 has been raised and used to buy toys for needy children.

For more info, contact South Johnston baseball coach Keith Durham at 919-894-3146.

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