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Ladybirds get 3rd Big East win

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FRANKLINTON — Southern Nash continued its best varsity girls basketball season in more than a decade with a come-from-behind 41-33 victory at 3-A Big East Conference opponent Franklinton on Friday night.

The Ladybirds, now 3-2 in league games, improved to 7-7 overall. Southern Nash hasn’t won more than two conference games ever in Big East play and the last time the Ladybirds had a winning conference record was in 2007-08 in the 3-A NEW 6 Conference.

Franklinton fell to 10-6 overall and 1-3 in Big East action.

Junior guard Brooke Lucas led the Ladybirds with 12 points while freshman guard Jermia Walker had 10 points and senior Tristian Foster added nine points.

Firebirds foul at the line in loss

FRANKLINTON — A 9-of-14 showing (64.3%) from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter helped host Franklinton hold on for a 56-52 varsity boys basketball win Friday night against Southern Nash.

It was the sixth straight loss for the Firebirds, who made just 5-of-15 foul shots (33.3%) dropped to 4-9 overall and 0-5 in 3-A Big East Conference play. The Red Rams evened their league mark to 2-2 and exited 5-13 overall.

Senior Chason Royal was the only double-digit scorer for the Firebirds, finishing with 21 points.

Southern Nash takes 3rd in Big East swim meet

ROCKY MOUNT — At the final 3-A Big East Conference swim meet of the year, no one could knock the Hunt boys swim team from the mountaintop.

Aided by a strong finish and a sweep of the relays, the Warriors captured their fourth consecutive conference title at Thursday’s championship meet held at the Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount, edging out second-place Rocky Mount High by 26 points.

Southern Nash finished a distant third with 136 points, followed by Franklinton (111), Fike (100) and Northern Nash (81).

The top three finishers in each race were proclaimed all-conference.

Although Southern Nash didn’t have finishes near the top, the team took away plenty of positives from the final regular-season meet.

For the girls, Marley Winstead shone through, finishing second in the 200 freestyle and runner-up in the 50 freestyle.

She was motivated to put forth her best effort in the final meet of the year to finish strong.

“Swimming for 15 years, this is just the cap to it all outside of regionals and stuff, and a potential collegiate level,” she said. “Just taking it all in and leaving it all in the water, pushing hard with everything you’ve got and everything you’ve worked for.”

On the boys side, Alex Terry excelled for the Firebirds, winning the 200 freestyle and finishing third in the 50 freestyle.

“It’s been great so far. Got a gold and two bronzes so far, it’s been great,” Terry said. “My team is swimming real fast and real hard and I couldn’t ask for anything better, honestly.”

Joining Terry in a third-place finish for the boys was Dylan Alford, who took third in the 100 buttertly. Alford joined Terry, Greyson Curtis and Skyler Gibson in a third place tally in the 200 freestyle relay, while Hunter Issette, Alford, Curtis and Terry took second in the 400 freestyle relay, the last even of the meet.

In the girls relays, Samantha Clagg, Emily Terry, Layla Austin and Winstead took third in the 200 freestyle; Madyson Quincy, Austin, Emily Terry and Winstead also finished third in the 400 freestyle relay.

Looking ahead, Alex Terry and Winstead are both expected to move onto the North Carolina High School Athletic Association regional meet, as well as the three relay teams for both the boys and girls teams.

Free throws foil Firebirds in 4th

Half of the misses for the Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team came in the fourth quarter Jan. 21as the Firebirds dropped a 68-58 decision to 3-A Big East Conference foe Rocky Mount.

Southern’s tepid performance from the line, where seven misses occurred in the fourth, kept it winless in Big East play through four games and 4-8 overall.

Senior Michael Parker had 17 points, while sophomore Chason Royal had 14. Jackson Vick, a sophomore, had nine.

Rocky Mount moved to 6-9 overall, 3-1 in league play.

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