Sports Briefs: Feb. 19, 2014

February 17, 2014 

Panthers sweep Washington in home finale

North Johnston swept Washington in a senior night basketball doubleheader Friday. The Panthers downed the Pam Pack boys, 50-45. Tanner Snipes led North with 15 points. Trey Daniels had 11 and Bailey Lail added 10.

“Our defense forced them to take a lot of outside shots and we did a very good job of rebounding the ball on both ends of the floor and limiting their second chances,” said North Johnston coach Derrick Johnson. “I would like to see us make our free throws more consistently. These could have pushed the game out of reach in the fourth. Very pleased to get a win, especially for our seniors playing their final home game on senior night.”

North Johnston’s girls downed Washington 53-44 Friday night. Tangela Williams led the Panthers with 17 points, while Jamie Johnson added 14.

Helms featured in benefit wrestling show at SRAC

A professional wrestling show set for Smithfield on Saturday will benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina. The OMEGA Championship Wrestling card, “Loco for JoCo” is scheduled to feature Smithfield resident Shane “The Hurricane Helms,” Matt Hardy, C.W. Anderson, Gunner, Christian York and many more.

Bell time for the event at the Smithfield Aquatics and Recreation Center is 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

“It’s time to give back; it’s time to give back hope,” Helms said of the benefit show. “Our goal is to raise money for the extended research and financial assistance the Autism Society of North Carolina provides local residents each day. With your help, we will certainly accomplish this goal and beyond.”

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Bulldogs split with rival Rosewood

Princeton’s boys won their 10th Carolina 1A Conference basketball game of the season Friday, topping rival Rosewood, 67-60. Colby Norris and Alex Whitley had 16 points each for the Bulldogs (15-7, 10-3) in the victory.

Rosewood clinched the girls regular-season championship with a 66-60 win over Princeton. The Eagles rallied in a tight final quarter. Savanna Massengill had a game-high 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the loss. Charley Cox contributed 16 points for the Bulldogs (13-9, 10-3).

Rams still have title hopes

Cleveland’s boys kept their hopes for a share of the Two Rivers 3A Conference regular-season championship alive with a 57-49 senior night win over Western Harnett Saturday. Bobby Stenborg led the Rams with 24 points.

The Rams trailed Triton by a game with a game to play in the season.

Triton downed Corinth Holders 62-50 on Saturday night. Kiyon Walden led the Pirates with 18 points in the loss.

Corinth Holders met Smithfield-Selma Monday night in a battle for third place and the league’s final playoff spot.

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