Firebirds defeat Franklinton, but miss playoffs
FRANKLINTON — Four players finished in double figures for the Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team Friday night as the Firebirds concluded a second-place campaign in the 3-A Big East Conference with a 74-64 road victory at Franklinton.
The result allowed Southern Nash to finish with a 7-3 record, good for sole possession of second place in the Big East after playing just league games this season after Nash County Schools did not allow its programs to play nonconference opponents. However, with the condensed postseason in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Firebirds were unable to snag one of the four available 3-A wild-card positions into the playoffs when the draw was announced Sunday afternoon.
Senior Chason Royal, one of four Firebirds who played his final game, led the way with 20 points. Freshman Jordan Vick added 15 points and sophomore Landen Baker had 12. Junior T.J. Taybron tossed in 11.
Darin Bailey, Lelyn Herndon and Jatavius Battle also took part in their last contests for the Firebirds.
Franklinton concluded its season 3-9 in all games and 2-8 in conference play.
SOUTHERN NASH (74)
Pearce 3, Jo. Vick 15, Taybron 11, Herndon 3, Royal 20, Ja. Vick 8, Battle 2, Baker 12.
No scorers available.
Gryphons end Firebirds’ winning streak
ROCKY MOUNT — It was a long shot for the Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team, but the Firebirds’ hopes of at least a share of the 3-A Big East Conference title were dashed Feb. 16 with a 68-57 loss at Rocky Mount.
The defeat ended the Firebirds’ winning streak at five games and left them 6-3 overall and in Big East play. The Gryphons remained unbeaten through nine games, all against conference teams, as they wrapped up the Big East title.
Southern Nash struggled to put the ball in the basket from the floor as well as the foul line. Senior Chason Royal led the Firebirds with 18 points while freshman Jordan Vick netted 17 points.
Jamal Townsend had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Gryphons.
SOUTHERN NASH (57)
Bailey 4, Pearce 4, Jor. Vick 17, Taybron 6, Royal 18, Jac. Vick 8.
ROCKY MOUNT (68)
Mayo 3, Townsend 19, Jones 4, Hines-Williams 12, Tillery 4, Pounds 9, Kearney 2, Lynch 15.
Firebirds blitz Hunt 72-51
The Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team finally solved the 2-3 zone of visiting Hunt in the fourth quarter Feb. 12, enabling the Firebirds to snare sole possession of second place in the 3-A Big East Conference with a 72-51 victory.
Southern Nash took a 3-point lead in the fourth quarter and proceeded to use its guard play for a 26-point explosion over the final eight minutes.
Freshman Jordan Vick had 18 points to lead five Firebirds in double figures. Following were junior Jackson Vick with 13, junior T.J. Taybron with 12, junior Zyshone Pierce with 12 and senior Chason Royal with 10.
No details were available for Hunt, which slid to 3-7 overall and 2-6 in Big East play with its fourth straight loss. The Warriors have dropped six of their last seven since opening the league schedule with a win over Southern Nash.
Lady Warriors down Ladybirds to end skid
A strong defensive effort helped the Hunt High varsity girls basketball team end a four-game skid with a 52-32 victory Feb. 12 at Southern Nash.
It was the second time this season the Lady Warriors halted a losing streak by beating the Ladybirds, who remained winless through eight games — all against Big East foes.
“I just think they hustled and I felt like they want to play now and they’re competing now,” first-year head coach Lorraine Creech said of her Hunt team, which has no seniors.
Freshman Ti’Asia Taylor led the way for the Lady Warriors with 20 points and seven steals while sophomore post Kayla Haley had 15 points and five rebounds. Junior Ariyanna Carlton had seven points and six rebounds and freshman Grace Wolzen grabbed eight rebounds.
Sophomore Jermia Walker netted 18 points for Southern Nash while senior Brooke Lucas added 11 points.
Taylor 20, Smith 4, Wolzen 2, Haley 15, Carlton 7, Earp 4.
SOUTHERN NASH (32)
Whitley 3, Walker 18, Lucas 11.
Score by quarters:
Hunt 11 7 16 18 — 52
Southern Nash 3 6 6 17 — 32
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