South Johnston stays on title track
South Johnston took another step toward ending its run of 18 seasons without a girls basketball conference championship with a 56-40 win over Western Harnett Friday night on the road.
The Trojans have won 15 straight and led Cleveland by a game in the Two Rivers 3A Conference standings entering this week’s schedule.
Alexis Massengill had 17 points and 15 rebounds for South, while Anna Webster had 18 points and eight boards. Brittany Lawrence (nine rebounds) and Emma Blackman (eight) also helped South dominate the boards.
“Our goal has been to win a conference championship, as it has been 18 years since South has posted one,” said South coach Ronda Langdon Johnson. “We are capable of doing it, but have to bring our ‘A’ game every night. Staying on track and focused on one game at a time is crucial this last week.”
South Johnston’s boys stayed within a game of the final playoff spot in the conference with a 57-46 road win over the Eagles.
Neuse Charter maintains league lead
Neuse Charter dominated Lakewood early and rolled to a 70-51 boys basketball victory Friday night at home. The Cougars outscored Lakewood 35-14 in the first half and moved to 8-2 in the Carolina 1A Conference a game ahead of Princeton.
Princeton takes back-to-back sweeps
Princeton’s boys and girls basketball teams swept Lakewood and North Duplin on back-to-back nights Thursday and Friday.
The Bulldog boys team stayed within a game of first place with their 63-52 win over Lakewood and a 63-53 decision against North Duplin.
Tanner Woodard totaled 44 points in the two games for Princeton (12-7, 8-3), while Alex Whitley and Michael Wooten had 15 each against Lakewood. Wooten also chipped in 17 in the win over Lakewood.
The Bulldog girls team won 45-39 against Lakewood and 51-29 over North Duplin to move to 9-2 in the conference (12-7 overall). Savanna Massengill averaged 17 points a game in the wins, while Tori Paul had 13 points and nine rebounds against Lakewood.
Massengill was 11-of-11 from the free throw line against North Duplin.
Southeast Raleigh sweeps West
Southeast Raleigh swept West Johnston in basketball Friday night, rolling to a 74-44 win in boys action and a 69-32 girls victory. The Bulldogs are 11-0 in the girls conference race with three games to play, including a big trip to East Wake on Wednesday night this week.
Princeton girls, Stephenson shine in Carolina 1A track finals
Princeton only entered four athletes in the Carolina 1A Conference winter track and field championships Thursday, but the Bulldogs got plenty out of that group with a third place finish in the meet.
The Bulldogs had 54 team points, behind Lakewood (117) and Rosewood (82). Neuse Charter, keyed by Sara Stephenson’s three individual event wins, was fourth. Stephenson won the 1,000 meters (3:41), the 1,600 (6:28) and the 3,200 (14:13). Teammate Marika Samuelsson took fourth in the 55 meters.
Jasmine Bombard of Princeton had four top-four individual finishes. She was the runner up in the hurdles and the long jump, took third in the triple jump and ran fourth in the 300. Megan Evans was the runner-up at 1,600 and third in the 3,200.
Abby Rubio had top five finishes for the Bulldogs in the 500 and the 3,200. Altheia Balageo was fourth in the 1,600.
“The distance runners carried the team,” said Princeton coach Mark McLamb. “ We scored 50 of our 52 boys points in the distance events and 24 for the girls. It’s hard to score points when you don’t have sprinters and we simply had no sprinters come out for the team, boys or girls.”
Princeton’s boys were fourth in the meet.
Princeton’s boys 4x800 relay team won the conference title in 9:53 with Jose Aguillon and Jose Moreno, who went 1-2 in the 1,600, helping in the victory. Aguillon won the 1,600 in 5:20, a half-second ahead of Moreno. Hunter Mitchell was second in the 1,000.