Rebels drop league contests to Rosewood

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GOLDSBORO – The best remedy for a loss?

Correct the mistakes in practice and seek redemption against your next opponent.

North Duplin’s varsity basketball teams face that task after falling to Carolina 1-A Conference rival Rosewood.

The boys were handed a 71-28 defeat, while the girls dropped a 46-6 decision.

“We just didn’t play very well, but give Rosewood credit, they did a good job,” said ND boys’ head coach Ricky Edwards.

The Eagles employed a 2-2-1 full-court press that created trouble from the opening tip. The tactic coerced the Rebels into three turnovers and led to a 9-0 lead just 52 seconds into the game.

Edwards called timeout.

“We knew that’s what they were going to do and we just didn’t execute,” Edwards said.

Rosewood owned a 27-9 advantage after one quarter and slowly extended the margin the remainder of the game.

DJ Simmons paced North Duplin with 10 points and four rebounds. Aaron Rose provided six points, two rebounds and a team-high three assists. Post players Tyler Schoolcraft and Peyton Holloman combined for eight points and 10 rebounds.

GIRLS

Three nights earlier, ND head girls’ coach John Oliver watched his team battle Union down to the wire and fall 34-31.

He didn’t see the same effort against the Eagles.

“I felt it coming over [from Calypso] that we’re not going to play well,” Oliver said. “I wouldn’t tell them at the beginning of the game because I didn’t want them to have that on their mind. I wanted to see what they would go out and do. At halftime, I told them I felt they didn’t have the right attitude coming up here. I know we’re a better team than we showed.”

The Rebels almost beat Union with just five players.

However, they struggled to handle a 2-2-1 full-court press and convert on the offensive end against Rosewood.

Kasey Jones, Ivey Cashwell and Skylar Craig provided the offense.

Margan McCoy cleaned the glass for 10 rebounds. Teammates Jacqueline Funez pulled down six boards. Craig and Adaisha Bernel each had five rebounds.

North Duplin (1-9, 0-4) played without co-captain Jamilyn Wallace and Starr Jaco. Oliver said Jaco should return from a concussion Monday. Wallace suffered a knee injury during the Duplin County Holiday Tournament and is waiting for clearance to play from her doctor.

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