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Edenton-John A. Holmes' Antuan Sharpe (with ball) drives to the basket during the boys' basketball game against Washington County, Friday, January 18, 2019 at John A. Holmes High School in Edenton.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Sunday, January 20, 2019

EDENTON — It was a matchup that lived up to the pre-game hype.

The John A. Holmes boys’ basketball team entered its Albemarle Athletic Conference matchup against Washington County with a 12-0 overall record, while Washington County boasted a 10-0 record.

Both teams were ranked in the latest NCpreps.com Class 1A boys’ basketball poll with the Aces at No. 3 and the Panthers at No. 4.

In a packed gym at John A. Holmes High School Friday night, every possession and every detail mattered.

With the game tied 71-71 with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, Washington County’s Cedez Norman stepped to the line for a 1 and 1 free throw.

The guard missed the shot, but Clantrez Taylor was there to corral the rebound and put the ball up and into the basket to give Washington County a 73-71 lead with 20.5 seconds to go.

That play proved to be the difference as the Panthers escaped Edenton with a 75-71 win.

Even though the Aces (12-1, 1-1 AAC) were down a basket with time left in the game, Edenton was unable to convert two chances at the basket.

The first chance was a shot by Mitjonta Stanley that touched nearly every part of the basket but did not fall through the net.

The Aces were able to get the rebound and a tie up with a Washington County player for a jump ball.

The possession arrow was in favor of Edenton.

In Edenton’s final possession with 6.6 seconds remaining, Keimonte Raynor’s jump shot was off the mark.

After securing the rebound, the Panthers (11-0, 3-0 AAC) iced the game with a pair of converted free throws by Taylor with seconds left.

“Good high school basketball game,” John A. Holmes boys’ basketball coach Robert Woodley said.

The coach added that he was disappointed that his team lost, but acknowledged his team’s effort.

The game saw multiple lead changes.

With the game tied at 31-all in the second quarter, Washington County closed the half on a 10-3 run, which included scoring the final six points of the quarter to take a 41-34 lead at halftime.

The Panthers led by nine points early in the third, but Edenton went on a run.

The Aces got vital baskets from Stanley, Keenan Downing, Zion Boston, Isaiah Bembry and Antuan Sharpe.

Edenton took its first lead of the second half at 55-54 following a pair of made free throws by Stanley.

Woodley acknowledged that defense was the key in the Edenton run in the third.

“We got after them,” he said. “We got some steals and we got some run-outs, good pitch-aheads and we were able to score some layups.”

The coach noted that Downing’s effort, which included a dunk, got the team going.

The coach also credited Stanley, Nakevin Hill and Sharpe for getting their hands on the ball defensively.

“It was a good effort by the kids,” Woodley said.

A 3-pointer by Sharpe with seconds remining in the third gave the Aces a 58-54 lead after three quarters.

Sharpe finished with a team-high 20 points with 5-of-9 shots made from behind the 3-point line.

He added five assists and three steals, while making a pair of key 3-pointers late in the fourth.

Downing followed with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists, Boston added 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals and Stanley posted 14 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Washington County would battle back in the fourth quarter with baskets by Norman, De'Andre Downing and Quymel Chesson.

De’Andre Downing led Washington County with 24 points, Norman and Chesson followed with 16 points each, while Taylor scored 12 points

NOTE: The print version of this story incorrectly states that Calvin Singleton scored the game-winning basket. Clantrez Taylor made the game-winning basket for Washington County. The online story has been updated with the change.


Washington County 45, John A. Holmes 43: The Lady Aces (8-5, 1-1 Albemarle Athletic Conference) lost the league game at home Friday evening.

Edenton held a 17-10 lead after the first quarter.

Jamillian Johnson, Dymon Rankins and Kaci Drew had baskets in the first frame for the Lady Aces.

Washington County (9-1, 3-0 AAC) started the second quarter with an 11-0 run to take a 21-17 lead.

Turnovers by Edenton led to the run by the visiting Panthers.

Washington County led 27-22 at halftime.

Edenton was able to cut the deficit to 29-27 in the third, but Johnson had to go to the bench with 3:32 to go in the third quarter because of foul trouble.

Washington County closed the quarter on a 7-2 run to take a 38-29 lead after three quarters.

Washington County led by 12 points in the fourth, Johnson re-entered the game early in the fourth and helped fuel a comeback effort by Edenton.

In the late stages of the fourth, the Lady Panthers tried to run off time.

The closest Edenton got in the fourth was the game’s final margin following Anna Bass’ 3-pointer as time expired.

Johnson led Edenton with 17 points, while Bass followed with nine points.

Lindsay Stallings led Washington County with 14 points, while Maurica Wrighton followed with 10 points.