Northern Nash’s undefeated run through the last three Big East Conference seasons won’t be extended a fourth season.
The Knights on Friday lost their conference opener on the road to Wilson Hunt, 72-62. The Knights couldn’t recover from trailing by eight points at halftime as they couldn’t close the gap in the final 24 minutes.
It was the first conference loss for the Knights since the 2015-16 season, when they finished 2-8 in the conference. Northern Nash then ran off three consecutive 10-0 performances in conference play.
The loss just the third on the season for Northern Nash (12-3, 0-1), and the second in three games. The Knights enjoyed a nine-game winning streak, before the recent 1-2 stretch. They are back in action when they host Southern Nash on Tuesday.
SouthWest Edgecombe 70 Nash Central 57
The Cougars opened their Eastern Plains Conference schedule with a home win.
SWE (8-2, 1-0) has now won five consecutive games. The Cougars secured this win by outscoring the Bulldogs in each quarter but the third, where Nash Central (4-8, 0-1) used a 13-10 advantage to cut into a 14-point halftime deficit.
Nash Central doesn’t play again until Friday when it hosts defending 2-A state champion Farmville Central. SWE, meanwhile, plays at Tarboro on Saturday, and again on Jan. 14 at North Lenoir.
Wilson Hunt 63 Northern Nash 47
The Knights dropped their Big East Conference opener on the road.
Northern Nash (10-4, 0-1) led 12-10 after the first quarter, but played from behind after getting buried in the second quarter by the Warriors who used a 26-13 advantage in the frame to take a 36-25 lead into halftime.
The Knights were outscored in each of the next two quarters in the loss. Last season, Northern Nash was the lone team to beat Hunt in conference play, as the Warriors went on to win the conference with a 9-1 record.
Rocky Mount High 57 Franklinton 54
The Gryphons withstood a second- and third-quarter surge from the Rams, who outscored their opponent 37-25 over those two quarters to take a lead into the final 12 minutes.
RMH (11-3, 1-0) wasn’t going to be denied a victory, and used a 22-point fourth quarter to secure a road win in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.
With the win, the Gryphons have now 10 consecutive games, rebounding from a 1-3 start to the season.
SouthWest Edgecombe 65 Nash Central 51
The Cougars were outscored 19-6 in the fourth quarter, but Nash Central couldn’t complete the comeback after falling behind earlier in the Eastern Plains Conference opener for both teams.
SWE (9-2, 1-0) scored 17, 21 and 21 points, respectively, in the first three quarters while building a 59-32 lead. The Cougars have now won six consecutive games, and have a quick turnaround with a game at Tarboro on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (3-10, 0-1) have lost four in a row and are back in action on Friday when they host Farmville Central (9-3, 1-0).