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January 24, 2014

Conference standings could get interesting

TARBORO — Conference standings for Edgecombe County basketball teams could get interesting after tonight's action. Despite having played just two games in almost three weeks, some local teams could shake up their confernece standings with a win tonight. Local teams have not been able to practice but once this week because of weather related issues and exam schedules.

The boy's Eastern Plains Conference could have some teams moving up and down the standings after tonight, but for that to happen, the SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars are going to have to step up to the challenge and snap their conference losing streak against the Beddingfield Bruins..

SouthWest, who is averaging 63 points per game, will host the third place Beddingfield tonight. The Bruins (7-5, 2-1) are averaging 58 points per game, while the Cougars (12-5, 1-2) are allowing 55 points per game this season and are giving up 62 points per game over their last three games.

SouthWest had a five game winning streak before losing two straight in conference play, but as of late they have had trouble scoring, averaging just 53 points per game and losing by 18 points to North Pitt and 11 to Farmville Central last week. Both of those teams are undefeated in conference and will face each other tonight.

SouthWest is on the same track as last season, when they started off hot in non-conference and then finished four games below .500, but managed to earn a wild card playoff berth.

The girl's standings in the Eastern Plains Conference have a three way tie for second and just two wins separate the Lady Cougars from being in the mix of things. As of now though, they are in last place with North Johnston and neither team has a conference win.

Veteran Lady Cougars coach Sandra Langley has seen her team play up and down all season. They are averaging 43 points per game and are giving up 49 points.

The Lady Cougars opponent tonight, the Lady Bruins, are undefeated in conference. Beddingfield is averaging 55 points per game and are giving up just 37 per contest, which is a league best.

The Tarboro Lady Vikings are sitting atop the Two Rivers Conference with the Riverside Lady Knights. Both teams are undefeated heading into tonight's matchup in Williamston. It will be their first meeting this season.

Tarboro (10-5, 3-0) is averaging 44 points per game this season and are giving up 43 points. Riverside (14-0, 3-0) on the other hand is dominating their opponents. Their closest game to date was an 11 point win. The Lady Knights are averaging 73 points per game and are giving up just 31 points.

Tarboro hasn't had much time to prepare, but one thing they have worked on is free throws. They have shot 2 of 21 in their past two games from the charity stripe. In their win last week against North Edgecombe, the Lady Vikings were 2 of 16 from the line.

Tarboro coach Jamie WIlloughby said after the win last week that she believes it's a mental problem, because they shot well from the line earlier in the season. She said her team is gonna keep working on them.

In the boy's game between Tarboro and Riverside, both teams are in a four way tie for third place with a 1-2 record.

Tarboro dominated South Creek in the conference opener and since has dropped a triple overtime loss and then last week suffered a 10-point loss to North Edgecombe.

After the game, first-year Vikings coach Reggie Bess said he had to do some evaluating after the loss and figure out what they needed to do to get back on track.

Tarboro is averaging 59 points per game and are allowing opponents to score 68. Riverside is scoring 55 points per game and are giving up 57.

North Edgecombe boys want to make a move in the Two Rivers Conference standings after snapping a 12-game losing streak last week with a win over Tarboro. The Warriors will travel to play league leader Northampton County tonight.

Northampton County is undefeated in the conference and are averaging 59 points per game through just seven games this season and they are giving up 54 points. North Edgecombe on the other hand is averaging just 49 points per game, which is last in the conference. They are also giving up a league leading 68 points per contest.

Warriors coach Mike Jones was pleased with his teams performance last week. He said after the game that if they play as a team like they did against Tarboro, then they can play with anyone in the conference.

The Lady Warriors have some climbing to do. They are in fourth place in the conference and have dropped three straight. The Lady Warriors are averaging 42 points per game and are allowing opponents to score 49 points.

Northampton is coming into the contest with a 7-6 overall record and are 2-1 in conference and their lone conference loss is to Riverside. Northampton is averaging 47 points per game and are giving up 45 to their opponents.

Coach Marion King said after the Tarboro loss that her team needs to work on slowing their game down and stop playing at the tempo their opponents want them to play.

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