Halifax Academy

Halifax Academy forward Ashlynn Liles (23) defends Rocky Mount Academy point guard Mary Whitaker Jones during a game on Dec. 11. Liles and the Vikings (1-1) return to the floor at 6 tonight as the host of Wilson Christian Academy.

Halifax Academy, undoubtedly eager to shake the rust that allowed for a pair of varsity setbacks to Rocky Mount Academy on Dec. 11, returns to the floor this evening as the host of Wilson Christian Academy.

The non-conference showcase begins at 6 p.m. with the women’s contest, to be followed in short order by the men’s open-run.

Frontcourt intrigue

The Lady Chargers (10-3) enter the affair having claimed 7 of 8 ball games, and will likely utilize a combination of experience and length to issue a glass-cleaning challenge to Halifax, which appeared out of sorts in the paint two weeks ago against RMA.

The Vikings (1-1) will counter with senior forward Emerson Poole, who leads the team in scoring at 17.5 points per game, in addition to the duo of Ashton Garner and Ashlynn Liles.

WCA, a member of the N.C. Christian School Association, captured the 2A state championship on Feb. 22 by registering a 52-50 triumph over Union Grove Christian of Lexington.

Calling all Vikings

While the Halifax Academy (0-2) men’s outfit played with vigor in its home opener two weeks ago, it gave up far too many easy shots to a fundamental, move-you-first RMA outfit.

In short, that must be curbed.

On the other end of the floor, the Vikings have a bevy of options that can, and will, score the rock — beginning with the one-two punch of Ayden Woodall and Wesley Boerner, who just may emerge this winter as the team’s most prolific scorer.

Toss in the do-it-all skill set of sophomore guard Jake Merritt, and head coach Rick Ruffin has all the makings of a sound ball club — one that should, with relative ease, turn back a WCA troupe allowing 71 points per game this season on the road.

The Chargers enter tonight’s showdown with a 4-9 overall record.