Dunn Middle School and host Harnett Central split a pair of basketball games Monday, with the Raiders edging the Greenwaves in a one-point girls game and the visiting Greenwaves rallying to win the boys game.
Harnett Central narrowly held off Dunn to take a 25-24 win in the girls contest.
Jana Booker led the Raiders with 10 points.
Sondra Berry and Tanira Edwards had four points apiece. Avery Fortune had three points. Sinai Byrd and Marya Prince had two points apiece.
JaNiah Smith led all scorers with 14 points, Jamia Covington had seven points, Chya Massey had two points and Virginia Pope had one point for Dunn.
In a game that was close throughout, Edwards scored to give Central a 25-21 lead late in the fourth quarter before Smith hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to just one.
Dunn had one last possession in the closing seconds to try to take the win. Smith put up a shot that looked to be on the mark, but took an unfortunate bounce off of the rim. Covington got the rebound and also got a shot away that looked as if it would fall, but, again, took an unkind bounce for Dunn as time expired.
Dunn trailed for nearly the entire boys game before rallying in the fourth quarter to claim a 35-31 win over Central.
Anthony Jones had 11 points and Jaeshaun Murchison had 10 points to lead the Greenwaves.
Ro’mello Pegues had five points. Ziachia Taylor and Xander Johnson had three points apiece. Ross Stevens had two points. Jordan Mantle had one point.
Jonathon Patterson had eight points and Nicholas Avery had seven points to pace the Raiders.
Nick Magyar had five points. Isaiah Pearson and Bryson Monroe had three points apiece. De’Marquez Rochelle and Jahlil Cates Surles had two points apiece. Luke Frailey had one point.
A Pearson three gave Central a 29-23 lead early in the fourth quarter when Jones scored to start a 12-0 run for the Greenwaves, including Pegues scoring to give Dunn its first lead of the game at 30-29 with 1:21 left. Dunn’s defense held off the Raiders down the stretch.
When the teams return from Christmas break, Harnett Central visits Highland and Dunn travels to Coats-Erwin on Jan. 7.