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Firebirds, Ladybirds teams conquer Nash Central

Free throws give Ladybirds the edge

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ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Stacie Winner hit two free throws with half a second remaining on the clock and the Southern Nash varsity girls basketball team completed its fourth-quarter rally to defeat host Nash Central 46-45 on Friday.

The victory, the Ladybirds’ second in three outings, means they have doubled their 2017-18 season output and won back-to-back games for the first time since the 2013-14 season. The Lady Bulldogs dropped to 0-2.

Southern Nash trailed 27-23 after three quarters but ran off 23 points in the final period. Winner was fouled trying to get off a shot before the buzzer and sank both free throws for the win. She finished with 14 points.

Reyna Bailey had 17 points to lead the Ladybirds. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Jalisa Williams pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds while senior Shontell Nicholson recorded seven points, six steals and five rebounds.

Firebirds power past Nash Central

ROCKY MOUNT — Utilizing the literal definition of balanced scoring, the Southern Nash varsity boys basketball team had four players finish with 12 points apiece Friday night in gaining a 67-57 conquest of Nash Central.

The 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds (2-1), who led by as many as 19 points in the second half, picked up 12-point showings from senior Darius Edmundson, senior Artavius Allen, sophomore Chason Royal and senior Armando Dellavalle.

Junior Michael Parker had eight points.

Nash Central, the Firebirds’ former Big East rival now affiliated with the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, dipped to 0-2.

Bruins clip Firebirds in OT

The Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team tipped off its 2018-19 season Nov. 28 with a hard-fought 86-83 overtime victory against host Southern Nash of the 3-A Big East Conference.

Despite a 35-point assault from Darius Edmunsaon, the Firebirds could not avoid their first loss against one win. Southern Nash was plagued by 11 missed free throws in the final quarter.

The game’s largest lead, said Beddingfield head coach Joe Dvozenja, was six points. The Bruins of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference erased a four-point deficit in the final minute of regulation and forced overtime on 6-foot-5 junior Avery Huggins’ tip-in after guard Jalil Hutcherson drove the baseline and was unable to finish the shot with a couple of seconds left.

Beddingfield clung to a one-point edge most of the extra period. After a couple of shots rimmed out, the Firebirds cut the deficit to 84-83 with six seconds left. The Bruins then sealed the triumph with Huggins’ sharp outlet pass that recipient Javon Best turned into an uncontested layup.

“To go into overtime, especially the first game, is always tough,” Dvozenja said. “The guys, especially the upperclassmen, showed a lot of poise late in the game. There were a lot of runs and things didn’t always go our way. We did a good job of persevering.”

Dvozenja noted two key players fouled out in the final quarter. He credited his team for doing a good job of getting the ball down low to Huggins in the quarter.

Of Southern Nash’s Edmondson, Dvozenja remarked: “He was a bull; we couldn’t stop him.”

Edmundson was supplemented by 15 points from sophomore Chason Royal. Senior Armando Dellavalle chipped in nine points.

Huggins poured in 27 points for Beddingfield, while 6-foot sophomore Lamont Speight fired in 21, sophomore Mike Best 14 and 6-4 senior Trevan Brantley 10.

Beddingfield of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference will observe its home opener Friday against archrival Fike, another Big East foe; while Southern Nash travels to Nash Central of the Eastern Plains on Friday night.

Southern Nash upends Beddingfield

The Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team evened its early season record at 1-1 with a 41-34 victory over visiting Beddingfield on Nov. 28.

Senior Stacie Winner had 11 points for the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds, who trailed 24-23 at halftime and carried a 33-27 lead into the fourth quarter.

Junior Rayna Bailey added 10 points for the Ladybirds.