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Gators chomp down on conference foes

Spring Creek picked the perfect time to start playing their “best basketball of the season” as they were able to stay near the top of the East Central 2A standings with two tough conference victories. Coming off a tough loss last Friday at the hands of Wallace-Rose Hill, Coach Taylor Jones, and his squad were…

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Lady Gators offensive spurts not enough to beat conference opponents

After some disappointing contests, the Lady Gators’ offense has slowly begun rolling in the right direction, but their defense is still struggling as they dropped two road contests against James Kenan and Clinton. “Focusing on improving” is the #1 goal right now for Coach Charlie Cotton and his team. “I expected us to compete, but…

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Hot shooting propels Rebels past Union, not enough against Eagles

North Duplin rode the back of some strong balanced team play to pick up a win against Union, but they let the lead slip away late in Friday’s matchup against Rosewood. The Rebels are still sitting nicely with a 3-1 record in the conference.   Tuesday’s matchup between the Spartans and Rebels was closely contested,…

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Lady Rebels fail to recover after close loss

North Duplin’s ladies are still looking for their first win of the season. They showed a lot of fight but missed out on some opportunities in the fourth quarter, losing a close one to Union, and failed to get anything going against rival Rosewood, losing big. The Lady Rebels played one of their closest games…

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Saints fight through adversity to pick up two conference W’s

Southern Wayne dealt with tough calls which caused them to lose focus, but the Saints were able to grow up and respond in positive ways to the challenges, helping them pick up wins against J.H. Rose and C.B. Aycock to move up to 3-1 in conference play. Coach Dwight Smith felt like the Saints could…

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Lady Saints picking up steam, confidence

Southern Wayne is getting a contribution from a handful of different players, they’re going into games with the “got to win” mentality, and they look to be clicking in all facets as they have now won three games in a row. The Lady Saints traveled to Greenville last Tuesday, looking to knock off the Lady…

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Last-second shot helps Saints bounce back in Winter Classic

Southern Wayne dropped their first game against Coastal Christian after a great second half effort, beat South Lenoir, and shocked Spring Creek on a last second 3-point shot from Demetric Wright to go 2-1 in the FCA Winter Classic. Coastal Christian and Southern Wayne were locked in a back-and-forth contest early in their game on…

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Gators drop two out of three in FCA Christmas tournament

Even with the two losses, one on a last-second shot, Spring Creek’s coaching staff is taking away a lot more positives than negatives from the FCA Winter Classic. The Gators kicked off their tournament against the Eagles of Wayne Christian on Wednesday looking to continue their hot streak. Wayne Christian got up ahead early 15-9,…

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After blowout loss, Rebels lose a close one in Christmas Tournament

The first quarter of the Rebels’ game against James Kenan was “good”, but they struggled every quarter after that, only scoring 19 points in the last three quarters. The next day, they lost a close one to Wallace Rose-Hill to go 0-2 in the Duplin County Christmas Tournament. James Kenan jumped out to a 20-11…

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