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A closer look at Friday's Big East matchups

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Northern Nash’s Darquez Flowers drives towards the basket this past Tuesday during Northern Nash’s home game against Hunt at Northern Nash High School.

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Telegram Reports

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Friday is another busy day of Big East basketball action. Here’s a closer look at all six matchups.

Boys

Northern Nash (13-1, 1-0) at Southern Nash (7-5, 0-1), 8 p.m.

Northern Nash opened its Big East Conference schedule with a home win over Wilson Hunt on Tuesday, and picked up its 13th straight win in doing so. Joseph Cherry-Blue, the team’s leading scorer at 16.4 points per game, scored a game-high 31 in the win.

Southern Nash had its own win streak stopped at three on Tuesday in a conference-opening loss to Wilson Fike. Senior Darius Edmundson is the Firebirds’ top player and will be a tough defensive assignment for those in the conference. Edmundson is scoring 16 points per game to go with 8.3 rebounds and nearly two steals each time out.

Wilson Hunt (8-4, 0-1) at Rocky Mount High (9-2, 0-0), 8 p.m.

The Gryphons come out of winter break playing well, having won a tournament while reaching the semifinals in another. RMH has no players averaging double figures in points, but its deep roster features 10 players averaging at least four points.

Wilson Hunt, in its conference opener on Tuesday, hung with Big East favorite Northern Nash, and had a chance to send the game into overtime with a last-second 3-pointer. The Warriors have a handful of quick guards, as well as players who can defend inside.

Wilson Fike (10-4, 1-0) at Franklinton (2-11, 0-0), 8 p.m.

Wilson Fike opened the season with seven consecutive wins, but has come back to Earth a bit with a 3-4 stretch over its past seven games. Yet the Demons have a chance to open conference play 2-0 as they face a struggling team on the road.

Franklinton has allowed nearly 200 more points (836) as it has scored (639). The Rams have played a tough schedule in the early portion of the season, but won’t get many breaks in a deep Big East Conference.

Girls

Northern Nash (4-7, 1-0) at Southern Nash (4-8, 0-1), 8 p.m.

This is the first time these two teams will meet since Northern Nash picked up its first win of the season by defeating Southern Nash at the Nash County Christmas tournament. Since that win, the Knights have won three straight and turned around their season after an 0-7 start.

For the Firebirds, a win would be its first Big East Conference win this season. Southern Nash has dropped two straight, including Tuesday’s conference opener to Wilson Fike.

Wilson Hunt (9-3, 0-1) at Rocky Mount High (10-2, 0-0), 6 p.m.

The Gryphons started the season 1-2, and were held in the 30s in both losses. Since that start, RMH has won nine consecutive games and has scored at least 44 points in every game led by senior Mya Pittman’s 15.3 points per game.

Wilson Hunt, meanwhile, had its five-game win streak snapped at Northern Nash on Tuesday. The Warriors had trouble with Northern Nash’s defense and couldn't find any rhythm in scoring a season-low 36 points in the loss.

Wilson Fike (6-5, 1-0) at Franklinton (9-3, 0-0), 6 p.m.

Franklinton has enjoyed a strong start to the season while being led by a pair of sophomores. Miracle Cornell is the Rams’ leading scorer at 14.2 points per game, while Katherine Wilkins is right behind at 10.6.

Wilson Fike is looking to move to 2-0 in conference play after earning a 57-47 win over Southern Nash on Tuesday.

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