Tara Simmons

Tara Simmons of Halifax Academy rises for a bucket on Dec. 11 versus Rocky Mount Academy. The senior had 12 points and three rebounds on Tuesday as the Vikings earned a road triumph over NCISAA Coastal rival Faith Christian.

STEM — The Granville Central men’s varsity basketball outfit raced to a cozy, 36-14 halftime advantage on Tuesday, clearing the way for a 79-41 victory over Northern Carolina 1A/2A foe Roanoke Rapids.

The contest was the season-opener for both teams.

GC (1-0, 1-0 NCC) returned to the office on Wednesday versus Rolesville, while RRHS (0-1, 0-1 NCC) hits the pavement this afternoon for a tilt with Bobby Pettiford and South Granville.

Faith Christian runs Halifax Academy

ROCKY MOUNT — Chandler Cockrell scored 17 points on 8 of 15 shooting to pair with nine rebounds and three assists on Tuesday as Faith Christian turned back Halifax Academy in a matchup of NCISAA Coastal neighbors.

The 68-38 victory moved the Patriots to 4-4 overall this season, and 1-1 in league affairs.

Cayden Barnhardt also played well for the hosts, scoring 16 points, while Tyler Hollerman finished with 13 points and seven boards.

Tyler Cotten paced the Vikings with 11 points, while Ayden Woodall contributed 10 points and four rebounds.

Faith returns to work on Jan. 12 versus Rocky Mount Academy, while Halifax (0-4, 0-2 Coastal) entertains Epiphany on Friday.

Women’s Basketball

Lady Jackets travel well, book W

STEM — Junior Logan Abram scored 19 points on Tuesday as Roanoke Rapids eased to a season-opening, 74-35 victory over Northern Carolina 1A/2A outpost Granville Central.

The Jacket frontcourt duo of Rylie and Kylie Wade also performed ably, finishing with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and 12 points and as many boards, respectively.

Ella King added 14 points.

RRHS (1-0, 1-0 NCC) next sees the floor today at South Granville, while Granville Central (0-1, 0-1 NCC) played host to Rolesville on Wednesday.

Garner, Simmons key Vikings

ROCKY MOUNT — Ashton Garner scored 14 points and tallied five steals on Tuesday as Halifax Academy turned back NCISAA Coastal rival Faith Christian, 40-28.

The Vikings now stand 2-2 overall this season, and 1-1 in matters of league significance.

Tara Simmons also factored prominently for the blue-and-green, netting 12 points to pair with three rebounds, while Emerson Poole recorded 10 points, 13 boards and four steals.

Halifax returns to action on Friday versus Epiphany, while FCA (6-2, 0-1 Coastal) plays host to Christ Covenant.

NEA rescheduling games

LASKER — In a text message to the Herald on Tuesday, Northeast Academy athletic director Joella Brown informed that her Lady Eagles, twice forced to reschedule their season-opening contest, would do so again this week.

No further details were provided.

Volleyball

Roanoke Rapids sweeps Warren County

WARRENTON — Roanoke Rapids made light work of Northern Carolina 1A/2A host Warren County on Tuesday, posting a 25-6, 25-5, 25-11 victory.

RRHS now stands 6-6 overall this season, and 6-5 in league play ahead of today’s regular-season finale against rival Bunn. Warren County (0-10, 0-10 NCC) also concludes its 2020-2021 slate today, calling on nearby Louisburg.

JV squad also earns victory

The RRHS JV volleyball outfit also found little issue in Warrenton on Tuesday, as evidenced by its 25-7, 25-15 triumph.

The Jackets conclude their regular season today versus Bunn.

Middle Schools

Boys Basketball

Gaertner paces Halifax Academy

Austin Gaertner scored 19 points and clutched 14 rebounds on Tuesday as Halifax Academy filed a 42-33 victory over Faith Christian.

Landen Peoples also played well for the Vikings, scoring eight points, while Thad Harris finished with seven points.

Girls Basketball

Hayden Barlow netted 10 points on Tuesday to lead Halifax Academy past Faith Christian, 22-19.

Caroline Corum filed six points for Vikings, whose scoring was rounded out by three points apiece from Lizzie Keeter and Alexus Roundtree.