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North Johnston trounced at defending co-champion Farmville Central

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Both North Johnston teams are off to solid starts this season, but had a tough time in their conference opener.

The Panthers fell to defending 2-A co-state champion Farmville Central in both basketball matchups Wednesday. While the girls started off well, they were unable to keep pace with the Jagaurs in a 67-27 defeat.

Farmville Central (2-0, 1-0 Eastern Plains 2-A) began to hit their stride late in the first quarter. North Johnston (2-2, 0-1) fell behind by 20 at halftime and were overwhelmed by the press put on by the home team. Transition offense played a huge role in the Panthers deficit growing throughout the contest.

In the end, the running clock was summoned with about a minute left in the third quarter. A’miya Joyner led all scorers with 26 points for Farmville Central while junior forward Kenisha Barnes led the Panthers with 16 points.

During the boys game, the Panthers began strong, but the Jaguars closed the first quarter with a flourish. From there, North Johnston couldn’t keep up in an 85-39 loss. Leading 5-0, the Jaguars went on a 19-4 over the last five minutes of the first quarter.

Between NC State signee Terquavion Smith and sophomore forward Jah Short, the Jaguars (4-0, 1-0) began to assert themselves on the break. A layup to close the first half made it a 40-point deficit for the Panthers (1-2, 0-1). Smith had 21 points to lead Farmville Central while Garrett Brown led North Johnston with 18 points.

The Panthers girls’ travel Beddingfield Friday while the boys travel to Greenfield Saturday.

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