SJ basketball seniors honored in win

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Posted 1/21/22

South Johnston celebrated four seniors during a varsity basketball doubleheader against

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SJ basketball seniors honored in win

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FOUR OAKS — South Johnston celebrated four seniors during a varsity basketball doubleheader against in-county foe West Johnston at home Wednesday. 

The South boys maintained a wire-to-wire, 60-52 victory over West, surpassing the .500 mark in  Quad County 3A Conference play for the year. 

Trojans (4-9, 3-2 QCC) upperclassmen Ricardo Perez, Jaydn McNeill and Brayden Barefoot combined for 18 points on Senior Night. 

Meanwhile, juniors Chase Norris (team-high 16 points) and Lucas Layman (11 points) provided pivotal production at key moments throughout a closely-contested struggle. 

South built a 31-24 lead heading into halftime when Norris knocked down a 3-pointer near the end of the second quarter. The margin reached double digits in the fourth and Norris' pair of free throws late made it 58-49, giving way for the group's third conference win.

West (3-8, 1-4 QCC) guard Caleb Gilmore dropped in a team-high 15 points in the loss. 

On the girls' side, a late comeback from South fell short and resulted in a 40-25 setback, marking the team's second straight defeat. 

Kennedy Byrd was honored as the Lady Trojans' (3-6, 1-3 QCC) sole senior.

Both teams are off until next week following a decision Wednesday to suspend this weekend's athletic activities due to the impending winter storm.  South is set to host league opponent Fike on Tuesday, Jan. 25.  

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