Panthers down North Pitt
North Johnston’s boys grabbed an Eastern Plains 2A Conference road win with a big second half at North Pitt Friday. The Panthers outscored North Pitt 38-25 in the second half for a 63-50 victory.
“We limited their transition opportunities and handled their pressure well overall,” said North coach Derrick Johnson. “We also rebounded the ball very well and did a good job of not allowing them to score on second-chance opportunities. I was very pleased with the effort that was put in and to come home with a hard-fought win.”
Tyler Hodge led North Johnston with 19 points and Tanner Snipes added 16 points and eight rebounds. The Panthers were 21-of-28 from the free throw line, led by Hodges’ eight-for-eight effort at the stripe.
South Johnston sweeps Western
South Johnston swept a Two Rivers 3A Conference basketball doubleheader with Western Harnett Friday night. The Trojan girls took a 52-39 decision.
Alexis Massengill had a career-high 23 rebounds to go along with 17 points for South Johnston in the win. Kayla Allen came off of the bench to contribute 10 points for the Trojans.
South’s boys handed Western a 51-47 loss, the Eagles’ first conference loss this season. Alan Johnson led South with 13 points.
West boys win in overtime
West Johnston downed Harnett Central 65-60 in overtime Friday for a boys basketball win. The Wildcats outscored the Trojans 9-4 in the extra period.
Central won the girls game, 46-37.
Cougars win fourth league game
Neuse Charter’s boys basketball team downed Lakewood 63-52 Friday to move to 4-1 in the Carolina 1A Conference. The Cougars held the Leopards to 24 second-half points in the win.
“This was a big road win for our program,” said NCS coach Jimmie Sanders. “We came into a tough environment and off some adversity and were able to get a ‘W.’ Each game we get more comfortable dealing with teams trying to take certain players away with specialized defenses and the kids are doing a great job of responding.”
Four Cougars had 11 or more points on the night, led by Jimmie Sanders III’s 18 points and Darrius Stevens’ 13. Darrin Robinson had six steals and Tre’shon Charles notched 10 rebounds and six assists.