Person girls hold off Nighthawks, play for Mid-State lead Friday at home

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The Person High School girls’ basketball team made another huge statement Friday night by knocking off reigning 3A state champion Northern Guilford, 49-46, at home.

The Rockets improved to 12-1 on the season and 5-0 in the Mid-State, while the Nighthawks slipped to 7-5 and 2-2 in the conference.

The teams stayed close throughout, with Person taking a 40-35 lead into the fourth quarter. Northern Guilford opened the quarter on a 5-0 run to take the lead, but the Rockets assumed control late in the game and pulled away to a 47-40 lead.

The Nighthawks charged back in the final minute and pulled to within two but the Rockets were able to hang on for the win.

Nydriya Marner paced Person with 17 points, four rebounds and four steals. Aaliyah Jones poured in 14 points and five boards. Aaliyah Williams and Jewel Holloway finished with seven points and three rebounds each, while Aliyah Love chipped in three points.

DaNiya Richardson rounded out the scoring with one point.

Stephanie Chandler led Northern Guilford with 10 points, while Abby Mulry, Mikayla Penn, Jayla Harris and Janelle Henderson finished with seven points each.

The Rockets head into a huge week ranked 16th in the 3A MaxPreps Adjusted Rankings, released Monday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Person will face traditional 3A power Rockingham County Friday at home. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

The Cougars lost their season opener to Davie County but have reeled off 12 consecutive victories and head into Friday’s showdown ranked 25th in 3A. During its winning streak, Rockingham County is defeating opponents by an average of 20 points.

The Cougars are coming off a 23-5 season, with four of those losses coming to eventual 3A state champion Northern Guilford, including one in the West Regional semifinals.

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