Eagles overcome stagnant third to beat North Johnston 47-38

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 10:24 PM

Warren County coach Wanda Thompson would rather forget the third quarter of Tuesday’s 47-38 win over North Johnston. The Eagles were outscored 5-4.

Warren County was again edged in fourth quarter scoring, but won the game comfortably, 47-38.

“It was a win. It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a win,” said Thompson. “We were sloppy. Sometimes we looked like we were on top of the game and sometimes we got a little sloppy with the passes.”

Warren County improved to 9-4 overall and 2-2 in 2-A Northern Carolina Conference play.

The Eagles led 26-15 at halftime. North Johnston scored three of its five third-quarter points in the final 40 seconds.

“That’s something that I don’t want to relive again,” Thompson said of the third. “We were very stagnant. That third quarter is just one of those you don’t want to live through again. What can you say.”

Warren County played without guard Tyler Thompson and is still without its leading scorer from a season ago, Justin Fitts. Fitts, injured before the season, got some drill work in Monday and could see action by Jan. 18 against Franklinton.

Charlie Williams led the Eagles with 13 points. He had one of Warren County’s two 3-pointers on the night. Michael Leonard had the other.

Jaylen Jones gave the home team a big lift off the bench, netting nine. He scored six of those in the second quarter on drives to the rack for layup finishes.

Thompson said she was pleased with the moves Jones made to the basket as well as his defensive pressure. 

“He really gave us some momentum before the half,” Thompson said.

Warren County led by 14 points with 3:18 to play in the game before North Johnston chipped away at the lead.

The Eagles’ other conference win came over Louisburg. The two losses were to Bunn and Corinth Holders.

Warren County is back in league action Friday at Northwest Halifax.

“We have to do a better job being more fluid with our offense, show some more patience working the ball around,” said Thompson. “The first half we were wanting to settle for the outside shot a little bit too much.”

                                   1        2        3          4         FINAL

N. JOHNSTON          6        9         5        18         38

WARREN                  11      15        4        17         47

N. JOHNSTON — Bailey Lail 2, Tanner Snipes 6, Trey Daniels 7, Carlyle Stephens 9, Tyler Hodge 5, Demarus Ellis 6, Jacob Cuddington 1, Caleb Byrd 2

WARREN — A.J. Alston 6, Kaelen Evans 2, Charlie Williams 13, Daniel Hunter 8, Michael Leonard 5, Jaylen Jones 9, Brian Mayfield 4


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