Two games went down to the wire while two others were won by double figures Friday evening as East Columbus traveled to West Columbus and South Columbus visited Whiteville. East Columbus girls remained undefeated in conference action by defeating a game group of Vikings 61-42. Whiteville’s boys won by a 64-41 score over South Columbus. The Whiteville victory combined with St. Pauls win over Fairmont gives the Wolfpack sole possession of second place in the TRC boys race. Complete Three Rivers Conference standings can be found at https://nrcolumbus.com/sports/updated-trc-basketball-standings/.
Whiteville’s girls got a 10-foot jumper from Nsaia Rogers at the final horn to defeat South Columbus 27-25. The Stallions Hailey Sarvis sank two free throws with 46 seconds left to tie the contest at 25. South Columbus’ Madison Spencer returned to action, scoring 15 points. No other Stallion had more than three points. Rogers had 15 points to lead Whiteville. Breanna McCellon chipped in 11.
East Columbus’ John Baldwin’s desperation three-quarter court heave fell short and West Columbus escaped with a 56-53 win in a back and forth battle at Cerro Gordo. The Vikings hit just enough free throws in the fourth quarter to gain the win. Jake Brownlee led West Columbus with 19 points. Dalijuwan Willis added 14, all in the second half. E.J. Miller ripped in 13. Stephon Smith led the Gators with 14 pints. Baldwin contributed 13. East Columbus played without Coach Marcus Skipper, still recuperating from sickness that struck him prior to Monday’s game at South Columbus. Injured and out for the Gators were Alex Moore and Travin Squires.
Tyrell Kirk’s third consecutive triple-double led Whiteville’s boys to victory. The Wolfpack held a 34-21 halftime lead. south cut the lead to 45-35 early in the fourth period, but a 13-2 run over the next three minutes gave Whiteville a comfortable margin for the remainder of the game. Kirk scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. Cameron Smith added 16 points. Mason Hewett led the Stallions with 12 points and Kendrick Green added 10.
Four East Columbus girls reached double figures in the Gators win over West Columbus. Charity Powell led with 16, followed by Tia Campbell’s 15, Shynicquel Watson’s 14 and Mia Campbell’s 11. The Vikings’ Annela Tiffany led all scorers with 17 points. Tah’nijah McKoy added 12. The contest was close midway the first quarter before East went on a 29-8 run to lead 37-15 at halftime. West Columbus staged a third quarter comeback, pulling within 12 points. East Columbus defensive pressure quickly moved the lead back to 20. The Gators controlled the game from that point.
In JV action, South Columbus defeated Whiteville’s girls 20-11 and the Wolfpack boys defeated the Stallions 45-33. West Columbus’ girls topped East 25-15 and the Gator boys came from behind to top West 36-33.
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