PREP ROUNDUP: Seventy-First has Bucks’ number

Karmen Campbell (back to camera) blocks a shot during last year’s game against Pinecrest. Campbell, a sophomore, leads the Bucks in blocks, with nearly two a game, as well as rebounding and shooting percentage. (PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL)

Basketball Bucks come out of gate fast

The boys’ basketball team opened the year with a 5-2 record that included a four-game winning streak. Hoke County opened the week with road wins on back-to-back days, 70-59 at South View and 59-50 at Red Springs, before a 60-53 home loss to Seventy-First snapped the streak.

Senior Braydon Mckoy led the scoring with 20 points against South View, hitting 6-of-10 from three. For the year, he’s hit more than half of his 3-point attempts. Junior Franajai Ransom pulled down 11 rebounds, and athlete of the week Salah Sutton had an all-around dominant game.

Future looks bright

The JV team has also opened the season red hot, with five wins in six games. The younger Bucks knocked off South View, 65-43, to open the week, then suffered their first loss, at Seventy-First, 72-68. Josiah Jacobs has been the leading scorer on JV, and players to watch also include a pair of freshmen—Jeremiah Harper and Gabriel McLeod.

Lady Bucks look for spark

After recording its first win of the season last week, the girls’ basketball team lost a pair this week, falling at South View, 65-23, then losing to Seventy-First, 56-26. The Lady Bucks have spread the scoring wealth fairly evenly, and Hoke has been strong on the boards, led by Karmen Campbell and Shelby Burris.

The JV girls’ team split its two games last week and is 2-2 on the year. The Bucks beat South View, 46-31. Seventy-First then completed a basketball sweep of Hoke for the week, with a girls’ JV win by a 45-23 score.

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