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Farmville Central dashes Vikings’ playoff dreams again

Posted on March 1, 2021

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Lureon Walker blows by Jayden Pitt on a drive to the hoop.

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Lureon Walker blows by Jayden Pitt on a drive to the hoop.

Christian Byrd rolls hard to the hoop for South Granville.

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Christian Byrd rolls hard to the hoop for South Granville.

Adrian Cearnel shoots for South Granville over Leontae Moye.

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Adrian Cearnel shoots for South Granville over Leontae Moye.

South Granville’s Michael Linton prepares to go up for a shot against Jah Short in the first half of action Thursday.

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South Granville’s Michael Linton prepares to go up for a shot against Jah Short in the first half of action Thursday.

Farmville Central’s Terquavion Smith, left, tries to convince officials that Collin Tanner pushed off on the drive to the basket in the first half.

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Farmville Central’s Terquavion Smith, left, tries to convince officials that Collin Tanner pushed off on the drive to the basket in the first half.

A little one-on-one action in the first half of the game takes place between Terquavion Smith, left, and Daniel Morton as Smith guards Morton driving to the basket.

Amanda Dixon | Butner-Creedmoor News

A little one-on-one action in the first half of the game takes place between Terquavion Smith, left, and Daniel Morton as Smith guards Morton driving to the basket.

Collin Tanner, Viking player center, comes to a jump stop before he lifts to shoot the ball. Jah Short rushes in to try to block the shot.

Amanda Dixon | Butner-Creedmoor News

Collin Tanner, Viking player center, comes to a jump stop before he lifts to shoot the ball. Jah Short rushes in to try to block the shot.

Bobby Pettiford shakes his defender and drives to the basket.

Amanda Dixon | Butner-Creedmoor News

Bobby Pettiford shakes his defender and drives to the basket.

Lureon Walker blows by Jayden Pitt on a drive to the hoop.

Amanda Dixon | Butner-Creedmoor News

Lureon Walker blows by Jayden Pitt on a drive to the hoop.

Christian Byrd rolls hard to the hoop for South Granville.

Amanda Dixon | Butner-Creedmoor News

Christian Byrd rolls hard to the hoop for South Granville.

Christian Byrd rolls hard to the hoop for South Granville.
Adrian Cearnel shoots for South Granville over Leontae Moye.
South Granville’s Michael Linton prepares to go up for a shot against Jah Short in the first half of action Thursday.
Farmville Central’s Terquavion Smith, left, tries to convince officials that Collin Tanner pushed off on the drive to the basket in the first half.
A little one-on-one action in the first half of the game takes place between Terquavion Smith, left, and Daniel Morton as Smith guards Morton driving to the basket.
Collin Tanner, Viking player center, comes to a jump stop before he lifts to shoot the ball. Jah Short rushes in to try to block the shot.
Bobby Pettiford shakes his defender and drives to the basket.
Lureon Walker blows by Jayden Pitt on a drive to the hoop.

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CREEDMOOR — South Granville fell in the second round of the 2A state basketball playoffs to Farmville Central on Thursday night.

The Jaguars claimed a 99-81 victory over the Vikings.

It was the second year in a row Farmville Central had knocked the Vikings out of contention. South Granville finished 11-0 in conference play with another Northern Carolina Conference title and 12-4 overall for the season.

South Granville opened the first quarter with Collin Tanner canning a pair of 3-pointers and Bobby Pettiford making a rare 4-point play.

Daniel Morton found an opening and scored while Kaleb Hedgepeth banged in the paint for a pair of baskets.

Leading 16-15 with less than three minutes left in the first frame, the Vikings went ice cold and couldn’t get a shot to fall.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars went on an 11-0 run, putting them up 26-16 at the end of the first frame.

Tanner and Michael Linton led the way for the Vikings in the second quarter with 7 and 6 points respectively. Pettiford added an old-fashioned 3-pointer.

Farmville Central poured in 23 points in the second quarter with Jah Short and Terquavion Smith leading the way for the Jaguars. The Vikings trailed 49-36 at the half.

Pettiford, nursing a leg injury, opened the third quarter with a basket. Adrian Cearnel battled in the lane to make another.

Tanner rose up for a short jumper and Pettiford canned a 3-pointer to keep South Granville close.

Pettiford, the general on the floor, found Tanner open for a jumper, only to have Leontae Moye dunk on the other end.

With Pettiford and Tanner scoring, South Granville closed the gap to 11 points on multiple occasions, but it couldn’t get over the hump. The Vikings trailed 74-62 at the end of the quarter.

Pettiford’s 3-pointer cut the Jaguars lead to 9, at 74-65. Then Farmville Central went on an 8-point run with Short doing all of the damage.

South Granville did not give up. Tanner and Pettiford scored from around the arc. Linton made a pair of baskets to close the gap, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Jaguars lead.

Farmville Central defeated South Granville 99-81 and advanced to the third round of the 2A playoffs. The Jaguars defeated Reidsville 83-57 on Saturday and will hosted Northeastern in the regional round on March 2.

STATISTICS: South Granville (unofficial) — Bobby Pettiford (29 points), Daniel Morton (2), Collin Tanner (31), Adrian Cearnel (3), Michael Linton (10) and Kaleb Hedgepeth (4).

Farmville Central (unofficial) — Terquavion Smith (34 points), Dontavious Short (6), Rashae Owens (4), Jayden Pitt (12), Derrick Cox Jr. (6) and Leontae Moye (15).

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