HCHS gains split in 2nd round of playoffs

Published 9:57 am Friday, February 24, 2023

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Hertford County High School gained a split on Thursday night in second round action of the NCHSAA Class 2A Basketball Tournament.

The varsity boys, seeded #3 in the East bracket, rallied past conference rival Elizabeth City Northeastern, 61-48.

Keveon Rodgers scored a game-high 23 points to lead the winning effort. Shimere Garris (14) and Israel Powell (14) also scored in double figures for the Bears who improved to 23-4 overall.

Hertford County erased a 30-26 halftime deficit, outscoring their guests 35-18 in the second half.

The Eagles were led by Sayvion Saunders with 15 points and 13 points each from TyQuan Harney and Xavier McNeal.

The Bears will host sixth-seeded Heide Trask High School in third round action on Saturday. Tip-off is at 5 pm at the HCHS gym.

Heide Trask (24-4 overall) advanced with a 74-71 overtime win at home vs. Washington High School on Thursday.

Also on Thursday night, Hertford County’s varsity girls saw their season come to an end as the Lady Bears fell 79-47 at second-seeded North Pitt.

The Lady Bears finished the season with a 17-9 overall record.

In other second round action on Thursday involving local teams, the varsity boys of Bertie High School and Northampton County High School both won their respective matchups.

In Windsor, Bertie placed five players in double figures as the Falcons, seeded #1 in the East 1A bracket, routed Kipp Pride, 92-55. Zymiere Dempsey led Bertie with 23 points. Tequan Holley added 19 points, Jah’Kelvin Rascoe chipped in 15 points, and Trevon Halleran finished with 12 points.

Bertie (24-4 overall) will host sixth-seeded West Columbus (12-11 overall) in Saturday’s third round action.

Over in Gaston, Northampton (the #12 seed) rolled past Northwest Halifax, 72-32. The Jaguars, who improved to 18-6 overall, travel to Smithfield on Saturday to face fifth-seeded Neuse Charter School (26-4 overall) in a third-round matchup.

The Northampton varsity girls, seeded second in the Class 1A East bracket, saw their season come to an end on Thursday with a 63-57 loss at home against Northwest Halifax.

The Lady Jaguars finished the season at 22-2 overall.

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