A wild week of basketball in the area was capped off by a crazy Friday night. Greene Central lost a nail-biter to North Lenoir while South Johnston won at the buzzer against East Wake. Both Aycock teams are searching for a way to bounce back from their tough stretches respectively. Although the Southern Wayne girls’ winning streak was snapped, the boys found a breakthrough against Conley.
Clayton swept Smithfield-Selma while both Wayne Country Day teams continued their winning ways. The Eastern Wayne boys surge into the top ten with a big stretch of victories. Princeton continued to roll as both teams were able to win their rivalry game against Rosewood. Anna Taylor is scoring at will for Neuse Charter as they climb up the rankings.
Here is the fourth installment of the WJG Sports power rankings as of January 24th, 2020:
Girls’ Team Rankings
- Wayne Country Day (17-4)
- Clayton (13-3)
- Southern Wayne (11-8)
- Princeton (12-3)
- Neuse Charter (7-2)
- North Johnston (12-4)
- Smithfield-Selma (8-8)
- C.B. Aycock (9-8)
- West Johnston (8-10)
- Corinth Holders (7-10)
Boys’ Team Rankings
- Clayton (16-2)
- Goldsboro (14-2)
- South Johnston (16-2)
- Wayne Country Day (23-4)
- Princeton (12-4)
- Cleveland (12-6)
- Rosewood (10-3)
- Eastern Wayne (7-9)
- Greene Central (9-8)
- C.B. Aycock (8-9)
Girls’ Player of the Year Rankings
- Wayne Country Day freshman guard Ja’kea Brunson
- Clayton freshman forward Darrionna Howard
- Neuse Charter freshman Anna Taylor
- Princeton junior guard Meredith Wooten
- North Johnston junior guard Arial Pearce
- Wayne Country Day senior center Lexi Jeffreys
- Smithfield-Selma junior forward Khaliyah Peacock
- Greene Central senior guard Jaanasia Edwards
- C.B. Aycock junior forward Abbey Thomas
- Spring Creek senior guard Belinda Carson
Boys’ Player of the Year Rankings
- Clayton junior forward BJ Freeman
- South Johnston senior forward CJ Ray
- Goldsboro junior forward Xavion Atkinson
- Wayne Country Day junior guard Jaden Cooper
- Princeton sophomore guard Nayshin Waller
- Goldsboro senior guard Christian Bullock
- Clayton senior guard Mason Rusch
- Greene Central senior BJ Corbitt
- Goldsboro freshman forward Takorrie Faison
- Wayne Christian sophomore guard Jayquan Curry
Top 5 Games To See This Week
- Goldsboro At Kinston on Wednesday — Last time was an 87-79 double overtime thriller with the 15-3 Vikings coming out on top. Goldsboro sits at 14-2 and a win in the Highway 70 series could greatly help the Cougars’ playoff seeding.
- Greenfield at Wayne Country Day on Friday — This rivalry game will be for all the marbles. Winner of this game is the conference champion of the Coastal Plain Independent Conference.
- Cleveland at South Johnston on Tuesday — If South Johnston can take down Cleveland, they will head into Friday’s matchup with Clayton holding on to second place all by themselves. If Cleveland wins, they will create a three-way tie for second place and a win on Friday against East Wake would put them in sole possession of first place.
- Princeton at Neuse Charter — This is the biggest girls basketball matchup in the area this week. Princeton junior Meridith Wooten will face off with Neuse Charter freshman Anna Taylor. Winner of this game will own sole possession of first place in the 1-A Carolina Conference.
- South Johnston at Clayton — The stakes of this game won’t be set until after Tuesday games, but last time this game went Clayton’s way 65-51. But this return matchup could be huge in deciding who wins the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference championship. If both win on Tuesday, then the winner on Friday would own first place. This matchup is between two of the top 25 teams in 3-A according to MaxPreps. It also features the top two players of the year in the WJG Sports Power Rankings.