Kinston-North Lenoir basketball games moved to tonight after fight

Kinston-North Lenoir basketball games moved to tonight after fight
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 9:53 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2023 at 11:16 AM EST
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KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) - Postponed basketball games between two rival Lenoir County high schools will be held tonight without many fans watching.

Tuesday night basketball games between Kinston and North Lenoir at Kinston High School had to be postponed following a fight involving fans.

The girls’ game was postponed in the third quarter and the boys’ game never got started.

Kinston police tell WITN there was a fight between a couple of underage girls in the lobby, and because of the larges crowd involving rival schools, police and school officials decided to postpone the games.

Police say no weapons were involved.

Kinston Police Chief Keith Goyette says the girls were taken into custody but eventually released to their guardians and that police will seek juvenile petitions.

According to Tweets from Bryan Hanks, the PA announcer for the games, fans were fighting on the court, in the lobby and in the stands. He Tweeted, “And another fight has broken out across from the scorer’s table. This is...not a good situation.”

The games will resume at 6:00 p.m. and fans will be limited. A school district spokesman said each player will receive two tickets each, but other than that the public will not be allowed to watch the games.