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Firebirds fall flat vs. First Flight

Posted on January 17, 2022

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KINSTON — First Flight didn’t exactly take it to the streets in the second half of Saturday’s game against Southern Nash, but the Nighthawks did get a great performance by the Dobie brothers to win the the Brandon Ingram MLK Showcase game at Kinston High, 75-59.

The 3-A Firebirds of the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference shot 51.7% (15 of 29) in the first half and led by as many as 17 points in the second half. However, a 12-0 run by the 3-A Nighthawks of the 2-A/3-A Northeastern Coastal Conference helped them cut the lead to 36-35 at the half.

In the second half, First Flight junior guard Isaac Dobie scored 20 of his game-high 28 points while younger brother Mason netted 12 points, finishing with 27. First Flight (10-4) matched the Firebirds’ first-half shooting accuracy (51.7% on 16-of-31 attempts) in the second half in winning its third in a row.

Sophomore Jordan Vick scored 26 points, 16 in the first half, and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Firebirds (11-4). Zy White scored 12 points and senior T.J. Taybron added 11 for Southern Nash, which was just 2 of 13 in the final quarter.

The Firebirds have a pair of Big East road games this week, visiting Franklinton on Tuesday and Nash Central on Friday.

Northern Nash edges Ladybirds

ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash girls basketball team fell behind early and couldn’t come all the way back in the second half of a 44-39 2-A/3-A Big East Conference loss at Northern Nash on Friday night.

Darielle Whitley led the Ladybirds (1-10, 2-4 Big East) with 22 points against the Knights (2-10, 2-3).

The Ladybirds fell behind by eight in the first quarter and could not battle all the way back from that early deficit.

Southern Nash is scheduled to visit Franklinton on Tuesday night.

Firebirds fall to Northern Nash

ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash boys basketball team battled late into the fourth quarter on Friday, but saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with a 70-57 loss to Northern Nash.

The Firebirds (11-3) lost the battle at the 3-point line, as the Knights (10-5) knocked down seven triples to Southern Nash’s one.

Jordan Vick led Southern Nash with 19 points, followed by T.J. Taybron with 13 and Von Witt with 10.

The Firebirds trailed 56-53 with four minutes left, but couldn’t get closer as the game slipped away.

Ladybirds put up strong showing in conference meet

ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash girls swim team came up with an impressive performance in Thursday’s meet against Nash and Edgecombe County schools at the Harrison Family YMCA.

Avery Bissette won both the 50-meter free and the 100-meter backstroke, while the relay team of Bissette, Emma Dickinson, Hailey Glover and Madison Quincy finished first in the 400-meter relay.

Firebird swimmers set personal bests

ROCKY MOUNT — During a meet against Nash and Edgecombe County schools at the Harrison Family YMCA on Thursday, a pair of swimmers on the Southern Nash boys swim team set new personal best times.

Bradley Brown scored points and set personal bests in both the 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke, and Silas Finn also set two new personal best times.

Firebirds rally past Rocky Mount

Southern Nash outscored visiting Rocky Mount 12-2 over the final two minutes to rally to a 53-50 varsity boys basketball win and seize first place in the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference on Jan. 12.

The 3-A Firebirds trailed 48-41 with two minutes to go before tying the score at 50-all on a layup by Tralon Mitchell before sophomore Jordan Vick scored and made a free throw for the winning margin. Southern Nash (11-2, 5-0 Big East) then denied the 3-A Gryphons (8-4, 4-1) on the final play.

Vick finished with 21 points while senior T.J. Taybron scored 15 points and sophomore Von Witt added 12 points.

Gryphons deck Ladybirds

Rocky Mount remained unbeaten in 2-A/3-A Big East Conference varsity girls basketball play with a 60-17 win at Southern Nash on Jan. 12.

The Gryphons, who improved to 12-1 overall, rose to 5-0 in conference play. Rocky Mount, ranked No. 4 in the 3-A East Region on MaxPreps.com, led 29-7 at halftime.

Southern Nash (1-9, 1-3 Big East) was led by Jer’Mia Walker with five points. Walker played the first half of the season at Sallie B. Howard School before transferring back to Southern Nash where she attended her first two years of high school.

Vick’s 35 sparks Firebirds

OXFORD — Sophomore Jordan Vick poured in 35 points as the Southern Nash varsity boys basketball team fought to a 66-58 nonconference triumph Jan. 11 at Webb.

T.J. Taybron pumped in 15 points and sophomore Von Witt added 11 points.

Ladybirds fall to Webb

OXFORD — After turning a 10-point first-quarter deficit into a 21-19 halftime lead Jan. 11, the Southern Nash varsity girls basketball team couldn’t maintain it in the second half of a 42-32 nonconference loss.

The 3-A Ladybirds (1-8) of the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference were led by Darielle Whitley’s 15 points.

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