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Greensville County’s Jermonta James, No. 2, scores on an uncontested lay up against Northampton County in Emporia.

Consecutive losses at the Northampton, N.C. Christmas tournament to close 2018 left a bad taste in the mouths of Greensville County as it returned from the break, but Thursday’s 66-48 non-district win against Northampton in Emporia was a confidence builder.

“We got our mojo back,” sophomore Jermonta James said. “We came out, shared the ball and hit our shots.”

Not only did Greensville (8-3) hit its shots from the field, it was long distance shooting that put the Jaguars in a deep hole shortly after the opening tip. James converted a lay up just three seconds into the game.His teammates followed by burying five first-quarter shots from behind the arc, eight in the first half and 11 in the contest.

A.J. Walton and Jahlil Fields hit two bombs from 3-point land in the opening frame. Zykeem Fields hit another as the Eagles sprinted to a 21-5 advantage after eight minutes of action.

Walton finished the contest knocking down four 3-point shots and scored a dozen points in the game. Zykeem Fields led a balanced attack with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Jahlil Fields and Zavion Franklin both hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish the game with 8 and 7 points, respectively. James scored 11 points.

The freshman Franklin’s final 3-pointer pushed Greensville’s advantage to 62-36 with 3:36 left in the game. Northampton (1-9) closed the contest with a 12-4 run, 11 of those from Eric Robinson, who finished with a game-high 16 points. Tevin Vincent scored 11 points for the Jaguars.

Greensville 61, Windsor 27

The Eagles picked up their sixth Tri-Rivers District win in seven tries Wednesday by sprinting to a 38-9 halftime advantage.

James scored 10 points in the first quarter on his way to a game-high 14. Walton, 12, and Lezhan Peebles, 10, also netted double-figures. Karl Strokes paced Windsor (1-7) with 13 points.

The GCHS (7-1) junior varsity boys topped Windsor 70-14.