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Prep roundup: Rocky Mount High boys, girls pick up road wins

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Rocky Mount High’s Alexis Moore, left, dribbles during a game in November.

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Telegram Reports

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Rocky Mount High boys’ basketball team rebounded from a slow first quarter to defeat Big East Conference foe Franklinton, 55-48, on Friday.

The Gryphons (13-5, 3-3) trailed 16-11 after the first quarter, before heading into halftime with a 30-25 lead. RMH is coming off a road loss to Northern Nash where it played the conference leaders tough, and got back on track with Friday’s win. It was the second victory for the Gryphons in the past five games.

Franklinton dropped to 2-16, and 0-5 with the loss.

Wilson Fike 60, Southern Nash 68

The Firebirds picked up a home win by holding onto a two-point halftime lead.

Southern Nash (11-7, 3-3) opened up a five-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and hung on. Chris Allen led the Firebirds with 23 points, Artavius Allen added 22 points, and Darius Edmundson scored 12 in the win.

Nash Central 57, North Johnston 38

Nash Central (5-12, 2-2) evened its Eastern Plains Conference record with a road win.

The victory for the Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak, and will have the next week off before they host the undefeated Farmville Central Jaguars on Feb. 1.

SouthWest Edgecombe 71, Wilson Beddingfield 64

SWE (9-9, 2-2) kept Wilson Beddingfield at arm’s length throughout the Eastern Plains Conference road win, and handed the Bruins (7-9, 3-1) their first conference loss.

The Cougars led by at least seven points at the end of each quarter, including an eight-point, 34-26, lead at halftime. SWE is back to its winning ways, after a recent three-game win streak was snapped on Tuesday with a loss to undefeated Farmville Central.

Girls’ basketball

Rocky Mount High 49, Franklinton 42

The Gryphons (13-5, 2-3) held a 28-22 lead after the first quarter, then neither team scored a point in the second quarter of their Big East Conference game.

The RMH lead soon vanished in the third, as Franklinton (12-6, 2-3) grabbed a 34-33 lead. The Gryphons used a 16-point fourth quarter to take back the lead and secure the road win.

Wilson Fike 44, Southern Nash 43

Southern Nash (4-14, 0-6) was nipped by the visiting Demons on Friday.

This is the eighth consecutive loss for the Firebirds, who lost to Rocky Mount High on Jan. 18 by the same score as this Fridays’ defeat. Southern Nash battled back from an 11-point deficit to own possession, down by one point, with 12 seconds left, but couldn’t score on a pair of possessions.

The Firebirds have been competitive in Big East Conference play, but haven’t won a league game. Tristian Foster and Krystal Taybron led Southern Nash with 10 points apiece, while Rayna Bailey added eight with Shontell Nicholson and Stacie Winner each scoring six.

North Johnston 60, Nash Central 46

Nash Central (4-11, 0-4) dropped an Eastern Plains Conference road game.

The Bulldogs have lost seven straight.

SouthWest Edgecombe 48

Wilson Beddingfield 38

The Cougars (15-3, 3-1) picked up a road Eastern Plains Conference win.

With the victory, SWE has won six of its past seven games. The lone blemish during that stretch was a loss to conference leader and undefeated Farmville Central. SWE has been led by junior Bailey Davis’ 16.6 points per game and sophomore Jada Davis’ 14.1 points per game.

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