Local Roundup: Overhills takes two against Central

From staff reports
Posted 1/12/22

All local teams returned to the hardwood this week. Here's a recap of the latest results.

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Local Roundup: Overhills takes two against Central

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Following a challenging period that saw the majority of basketball contests postponed for local teams, this week saw a full slate of hoops action. 

Here are the latest results from Tuesday. 

Overhills sweeps doubleheader with Central

Both the girls and boys teams from Overhills found the win column again, earning double-digit victories at home over in-county All American Conference opponent Harnett Central. 

Lariya Hicks led the Lady Jags to a 59-40 win, in what was the team's first contest since Dec. 29.

Hicks scored a game-high 17 points, while Eva McRae added 10 to help Overhills (6-5, 1-2 AAC) over the .500 mark this season. 

The Lady Trojans (1-9, 1-5 AAC) saw Shay Ward knock down a trio of 3-pointers to finish with a team-leading 13 points, while KeKe Snead added 12. 

On the boys' side, Overhills used a strong second quarter to break away from Central, 63-51, in what was a rematch of the Bennie Pollock Memorial final in November. 

The Jags (9-1, 2-0 AAC) led by just two points at the end of one, but outpaced the Trojans (4-6, 1-4 AAC) by nine in the second to take a  33-23 advantage. 

Up next,  Overhills hosts a doubleheader with nearby rival Western Harnett on Thursday in a rescheduled contest from last week. 

Central returns home Friday to face Pine Forest.  

Triton outpaced by Pine Forest 

Despite holding a first-quarter lead, Triton's boys basketball team eventually fell at home to Pine Forest, 64-52.

Jalen Evans led the Hawks (6-7, 1-3 AAC) with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists. Triton jumped out to a 17-15 advantage after the opening period, but was outscored by seven in the second and faced a 34-29 halftime deficit. 

Triton's Will Heard added 14 points, five rebounds and a team-high two steals.

Pine Forest (8-2, 3-0 AAC) guard Tristin Harkins hit five 3's and ended with a game-high 18 points to lead three Trojans in double figures. 

The Hawks travel to Overhills Friday looking to shake a three-game losing skid. 

COVID-19 updates

Both Midway hoops teams are off this week as part of a school-wide pause on all athletics due to virus protocols, according to an email from MHS Athletic Director Aaron Lane Thursday morning. 

Basketball games against rival  Clinton (scheduled for Wednesday) and West Bladen (set for Friday) are postponed. The doubleheader against West Bladen is rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 9. 

Meanwhile, South Johnston's hoops showdown with nearby foe Smithfield-Selma that was originally set for Thursday has been rescheduled to Jan. 27, according to an email from South AD Brody Massengill. 

Other local scores: 

Girls 

Rosewood 41, Hobbton 31.

South Johnston 37, Hunt 56.

E.E. Smith 76, Western Harnett 31. 

Boys 

Rosewood 31, Hobbton 36. 

South Johnston 34, Hunt 65.

E.E. Smith 60, Western Harnett 21. 

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