The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

January 8, 2014

County basketball resumes tonight


TARBORO — Three of the four Edgecombe County basketball teams that have played a conference game started off on the right track and earned a victory Friday night. The North Edgecombe boys were the lone team to lose, which is their ninth straight.

Due to weather conditions, all three county high schools had to wait until tonight after Tuesday's games were rescheduled because of weather conditions.

Tarboro travels to North Pitt for a non-conference matchup and SouthWest Edgecombe will play host to the Washington Pam Pack.

Tarboro swept South Creek Friday in Two Rivers Conference action with both boys and girls teams earning their first ever conference win in 1-A.

The North Edgecombe Lady Warriors defeated Rocky Mount Prep in their conference opener.

Tarboro boys are riding a three game win streak heading into tonight's game after dropping their first seven games. First-year coach Reggie Bess has his team playing the style of ball he had hoped they would play from the outset.

After Friday's 25 point victory, Bess said his team had a heart to heart talk before the game and that they had ironed out their differences on the court.

Tarboro boys are knotted in first place with Northampton and Rocky Mount Prep with one conference win each. Riverside, North Edgecombe and South Creek all have one loss.

Tarboro next conference game will be Friday when they host Rocky Mount Prep.

The Lady Vikings started out like a ball of fire Friday, but in the third quarter, they couldn't find a way to score. They eventually got things together and found a way to earn the win.

They are tied in first place after one conference game with North Edgecombe and Riverside.

North Edgecombe will be back in action Friday when they travel to play at Riverside. After a week off, the Warriors boys team has had plenty of time to work on themselves and get things together. They have struggled at both ends of the floor and have been unable to find consistent scoring.

The Lady Warriors on the other hand are 5-6 and will try to find a way to get around an undefeated Riverside team who has talented group of players that  came back from last year's team that advanced deep in the playoffs. Riverside girls  have beaten all but one of their opponents this season by 20 plus points.

SouthWest boys will jump into conference action as the favorite according to overall records. They are 11-3 and are coming off of an impressive win Friday at Nash Central.

SouthWest will man up against a Washington team that is 2-6.

Cougars second-year coach Anthony Burns has his team playing on a consistent level and their scoring has been spread out. Fabrion Bandy, Quantellas Norwood and Jason Jones have been productive leaders for them.

The Lady Cougars, who are 3-11 and have struggled in conference play the last several years, will open against a Lady Pam Pack team that has struggled this season. The Lady Pam Pack are 3-4, but have won three of their last four games.

Lady Cougars coach Sandra Langley is four games from winning her 700th game.

All girl's games are set to begin at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow.