UP FOR TWO. Louisburg High School's Madi Leonard (left) elevates for a basket during last Thursday's road contest against league foe South Granville. (Photos Submitted by Amanda Dixon)
CREEDMOOR -- South Granville has been a consistent powerhouse in the Northern Carolina Conference's boys and girls standings over the past several campaigns.
So that meant Louisburg's surging squads were destined for challenging tests when the schools collided last Thursday in NCC action at the SGHS Gymnasium.
Things didn't go as the visitors had hoped as South Granville was able to deliver victories in both events.
The girls game was not close as the homestanding Lady Vikings roared to a 64-24 conquest over Coach Chris Baker's Louisburg contingent.
The outcome of the event was all but decided after South Granville outscored Louisburg by a 20-8 total in the opening stanza of action.
Just to make sure, the Lady Vikings closed out the game with a 10-0 spurt to continue to pull away.
Brooklyn Fields, Madi Leonard and Kaylee Saunders came through with six points apiece to pace the Lady Warriors.
Saunders (five) and Taylor Ferguson (four) combined for nine steals, but Louisburg could not overcome its cold-shooting night of 26 percent from the field.
In the boys game, Louisburg hung tough with the talented Vikings pulled away in the third period on their way to an 80-63 triumph.
The score was even at 29-29 at halftime, but South Granville used a 32-14 surge in the third stanza to pull away for good.
The showdown featured a duel between two of the state's most regarded sophomores -- Louisburg's Elijah Jamison and South Granville's Bobby Pettiford.
Neither player disappointed as Jamison poured in a momentous 46 points while tacking on three rebounds and one assists.
Pettiford was also strong with 25 points, seven assists and rebounds for the victorious Vikings.
Louisburg's only other double-figure scorer was senior point guard Nolan Brown, who came through with 10 points, four assists and three steals.
Pettiford wasn't even South Granville's leading scorer as teammate Wy'kise Allen poured in 27 points.
Louisburg is now 7-2 on the season, while South Granville is 4-2.
The Vikings have a unique opportunity this week as they are competing in the Sweetwater Tournament in San Diego, Calif.
Louisburg and South Granville will play again January 25, this time at the historic LHS Gymnasium in another NCC game.