Halifax Academy

Halifax Academy forward Emerson Poole (31), shown here in a Daily Herald file photo from Feb. 11, 2020, scored 31 points and collected 15 rebounds on Wednesday as the Vikings dealt NCISAA Coastal Conference rival Oakwood a 63-33 setback.

Emerson Poole scored 31 points to pair with 15 rebounds, four assists and three steals on Wednesday as Halifax Academy booked a 63-33 triumph over N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Coastal foe Oakwood.

The stroll-in-the-park victory moved the Vikings to 5-2 overall this season, and 4-1 in matters of league consequence.

Ashton Garner also played well for the hosts, scoring 14 points on 7 of 12 shooting to go with eight assists and six steals.

Ashlyn Cooke, Tara Simmons and Macie Price rounded out the runout with eight, six and four points, respectively.

Oakwood, now 0-2 overall and in league play, returns to the floor on Monday as the host of Rocky Mount Academy.

Efficiency notesSimply put, Poole had no peer in the paint against the Eagles, making 13 of 22 shots on the evening, and in the process, raising her season-long two-point field goal percentage to 56%.

In a word, tidy.

What’s more, No. 31 has been the Vikings’ best defensive player this winter, highlighted in particular by a little-scrutinized measure of between-the-lines value — steal-per-foul ratio.

In an era when reaching often doubles for effort, Poole has displayed a true anticipatory knack with respect to passing lanes, as evidenced by her generating 2.5 steals per foul committed.

Not too shabby, considering the senior is the last line of the Viking defense and, as of this writing, is third in the league in rebounding.

The road aheadOver the next seven days, the Vikings will be tested, what with games played against Rocky Mount Academy (Friday), Faith Christian Academy and Wilson Christian Academy — who are a combined 23-11 this season.

If anything, the gauntlet could shed light on what Halifax needs to sharpen ahead of the NCISAA postseason, where it has earned an invite each year since the 2012-2013 campaign.

Cross CountryRoanoke Rapids skips to state meet

The Roanoke Rapids women’s cross country team — comprised of Catherine MacNichol, Anna Grace King, Ella King, Ashanti Clanton, Kamdyn Jean and Kayla Moseley — will vie for statewide glory today in Kernersville, site of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A Championships.

The Yellow Jackets, led by head coach Aubrey Coker, will run the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex course in two groups beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Interested parties can track results online at nc.milesplit.com.

Middle School Boys’ BasketballHalifax Academy spurns Oakwood

Thad Harris scored 15 points, clutched three rebounds and dished five assists on Wednesday to lead Halifax Academy past Oakwood, 42-29.

Austin Gaertner and Avery Boone also factored in the victory, scoring eight points apiece, while Willie Hudomint contributed five points on 2 of 2 shooting.