Sharpe powers Edenton past Southeast Halifax, into 3rd round w/Video
John A. Holmes 66 Southeast Halifax 45
By Malcolm Shields
Friday, February 23, 2018
EDENTON — The John A. Holmes boys basketball team did not look sluggish in the first half of its North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1A state playoff game on Thursday night.
Entering the second round matchup against No. 13 seed Southeast Halifax, the Aces had not played in six days because the team earned a bye into the second round as a regular-season conference champion.
Their last contest was the Albemarle Athletic Conference tournament championship game victory six days prior against Gates.
Autuan Sharpe was the spark plug for the Aces in the first 16 minutes against Southeast Halifax on Thursday.
The guard scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the first half as the Aces defeated the visiting Trojans 66-45 in the second round of the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs at John A. Holmes High School.
With the win, Edenton, the No. 4 seed in the 1A East Regional, advances to the third round on Saturday and will host No. 5 seed Voyager Academy at 6:30 p.m.
Voyager (21-6) from Durham, defeated Gates 64-54 on Thursday night at home to advance.
Defensively, the Aces (19-4) were all over the Trojans.
Edenton forced Southeast Halifax into multiple turnovers in the first half.
Edenton took advantage as Sharpe, Chavyion Everett and Keimonte Raynor got easy baskets on the other end.
Sharpe and Mitjonta Stanley were on the giving end of those baskets.
“Antuan is a steady force,” John A. Holmes coach Robert Woodley said. “Mitjonta played really good.”
What did Sharpe feel was the best part of his game in the win?
“Just getting to in the paint and either taking a good shot or finding my teammates so they could score,” he said.
In the second quarter, the Aces displayed their unselfishness as the team delivered the extra pass in the halfcourt to secure baskets.
Edenton led by as much as 23 points late in the second quarter.
Woodley was pleased with his team’s effort in the first half.
“I thought that was the difference in the ball game,” Woodley said. “The way we played in the first 16 minutes.”
Edenton led 37-19 at halftime.
In the second half, the Aces led 45-21. NaKevin Hill and Zion Boston made key plays to increase the Aces’ lead.
Trailing 47-30 to begin the fourth quarter, the Trojans went on a run to trim the deficit to 53-40.
Edenton got baskets down the stretch from Everett, Stanley and Harrison Powell.
Everett followed with 14 points, while Raynor had nine points in the win.
Roquan Crowell led the Trojans with 13 points.
John A. Holmes 56, Plymouth 54: Kyra Bradley scored the game-winning basket with less than two seconds remaining in the game as the Lady Aces (11-11), the No. 18 seed in the 1A East Regional, upset conference foe and the region’s No. 2 seed in Plymouth on Thursday night at Plymouth.
Anna Bass made the winning assist on an inbound pass to Bradley. Bass and Janyryah White scored 12 points each in the win.
The Lady Aces travel to Weldon, the No. 10 seed, on Saturday for a third-round matchup.
Pamlico County 56, Perquimans 26: The No. 16 seed Lady Pirates (14-12) saw their season end in the second round of the 1A state playoffs to the No. 1 seed on Thursday night at Pamlico.
Currituck 51, T.W. Andrews 50, OT: The No. 23 seed Lady Knights (16-10) knocked off the No. 7 seed in the 2A East Region on the road on Thursday in the second round of the state playoffs.
Lauren Gerni scored a team-high 13 points, Trinity Evans scored 10 points, Ayanna Walton posted nine points, Anna Poston scored seven points, Tyana Peebles posted five points, Destiny Ferebee had four points and Jessica Smith had three points.
Currituck advances to Saturday’s third round to face No. 2 seed East Duplin.