Eagles avoid sweep

Published 10:10 am Monday, January 9, 2017


LASKER – A 22-point scoring night for Carly Stephenson help propel Northeast Academy’s junior varsity girls basketball team to a 34-17 win over Pungo Christian Academy here Thursday night.  The Lady Eagles win helped NEA avoid a sweep at the hands of their Tarheel Independent Conference rivals.

Northeast led 22-5 at halftime, upped that mark to 32-13 after the third quarter, and coasted to the win by doubling-up the Lady Raiders.

Jessie Martin had six points, with two points each from Olivia Wheeler, Emalee Jones, and Savannah Martin.

Following the jayvee girls win, the other Eagles teams weren’t so fortunate.

J.T. Simmons had 16 points while Brandyn Polson added 10 more to pace the Northeast junior varsity boys.  But it wasn’t enough as the young Raiders rode an 18-point effort from Ryan Bishop to a 41-33 win.

Michael Smith had five points for the home team while Jon Stephenson and Hunter Futrell scored one point each.

The Northeast varsity girls never could get on track and fell to Pungo, 51-28. Haley Jilcott had eight points with seven for Summer Warmack, five for Haven Jilcott, and four apiece from Carson Johnson and Kierstyn Polson.

Pungo led 8-6 after the first quarter and upped that to 20-14 at halftime.  After a slow third quarter things heated up in the fourth, but NEA couldn’t make up the deficit and lost by 23.

Chandler Cuthrell added to his All-TIC credentials with a 14 point performance in the Raiders’ 52-43 varsity boys win, even though Northeast made a game of it.  The Eagles led 14-10 after the first eight minutes, increasing that to 29-20 by halftime.  But Pungo made defensive adjustments and won the second half battle, 32-14.  Ryan Rowe had 10 points to lead Northeast in scoring with nine from Josh Byrd, eight from Justin Jones and seven from L.J. Barnes.  Cole Rose scored six points with three from Dylan Edwards.

Northeast postponed their game with Albemarle that was set for last Friday.  They will welcome Bethel Assembly Christian Academy in for a home date on Monday.