Basketball roundup: Area teams off to hot starts

Published 4:39 pm Friday, December 8, 2023

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Both Northside teams and the Southside girls are undefeated as the high school basketball season completes its third week. Washington opened late and there’s good news for the Pack as well.

Northside: The boys are 6-0 and the girls are 4-0 going into Friday’s home games. Sophomore Malachi Moore and senior Griffin Johnson have fueled the boys hot start, which matches their win total from all of last season. Moore averaged a team-best 19.2 points a game in wins over Cape Hatteras, Northeast Academy of Elizabeth City, Mattamuskeet twice, Bear Grass and North East Carolina Prep by an average of 30 points a game.

Johnson has contributed 12.8 and 8.3 rebounds a game.

Junior Olivia Jane (O.J.) Cahoon leads the girls (4-0) with 18.5 points a game, while senior Mariah Jones is next at 18.3. Junior post player Madison Scheffler has averaged 10.0 points in wins over Cape Hatteras, Northeast Academy, Tarboro and Bear Grass. The girls margin of victory has also been 30 points.

Southside: The Seahawks boys are off to a 2-5 start with victories over Columbia and Mattamuskeet. Junior Josh Armstrong and senior Tequon Moore average in double figures.

The girls are off to a 7-0 start after a pair of victories over Ayden-Grifton and Rosewood, along with wins over Columbia, Mattamuskeet and Martin Co.

Junior I’kiriyah Minor leads a balanced scoring attack with 11.5 points, while Tamya Smith chips in 8.3. Kaliah Moore is the leading rebounder at 9.9.

“Our upperclassmen are stepping forward and continue to build on their past successes, first-year coach Misty Mooring said. “I’Kiriya and Tamya are leading the charge offensively and also provide great defensive intensity. De’Najah Warren and Kaliah Moore are grabbing the majority of our boards. Newcomer Indiah Moore is quickly making the transition into the high school game and continues to improve every day. Everyone on the team is contributing and working hard which has led to a very balanced attack so far this season.”

Washington: The boys opened with a 98-55 home victory over Pasquotank Co., then dropped a 62-51 decision at 4A South Central. Junior Javon Williams (29) and sophomore Chaise Smith (24) led the scoring in the opener and had 16 each in the loss.

The girls (1-2) snapped a 23-game losing streak with a 47-30 victory over Pasquotank in the home opener and have losses against Perquimans and South Central. Junior transfer Breanna Perry and classmate Avery Thomas average in double figures. Both Washington teams host Hertford Co. and E. Carteret Monday and Wednesday.