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HCHS sweeps basketball openers

GREENVILLE – In a sports season delayed at the start by COVID-19, Hertford County High School wasted little time in getting the year off on the right foot.

Playing at J.H. Rose High School here Wednesday night, the HCHS varsity boys and girls team collected wins in their season openers.

The Lady Bears rolled past Greenville Rose, 51-16, thanks to a balanced offensive attack and a smothering defense.

Leading the way for the HCHS ladies was Kanae Edwards with nine points. Desiree Askew added eight points while Ashanti Bowser and Qua’Dajah Ruffin each chipped in seven points.

Adding to the HCHS scorebook were Jaliyah Mitchell and Ashley Jenkins, each with five points; Daysha Holloman (four points), Jabrea Everett (three points), Christian Olds (two points), and Adarielle Townsell (one point).

In varsity boys action, the Bears used a big fourth quarter to rally for a 73-65 win over their hosts.

HCHS trailed 14-11 after the opening period of play; was down 32-25 at halftime; and faced a 49-44 deficit at the end of the third quarter. However, the Bears outscored Rose, 29-16, in the final period to notch the victory.

Daylan Askew and Israel Powell each scored 20 points to pace the HCHS attack. Ashton Lassiter and Keondre Rodgers also struck for double digits by scoring 16 and 15 points respectively. Keveon Rodgers completed the Bears scoring with two points.

Both HCHS teams are scheduled to return to action on Jan. 15 with a road game at Farmville Central.