For a solid year, the seniors on Wilkes Centralâ€™s girlsâ€™ basketball team have had one thing on their minds, and one thing onlyâ€”winning a state championship, and beating Bandys, the team that eliminated them from the running last year in the process. And they sit poised to do just that over the next eight days.
One of the best seasons ever for the West Stokes High School basketball team ended Thursday with a 74-60 loss to Cuthbertson in the 2A West Regional semifinals. The Wildcats wrapped up their season with a 24-6 record.
The Central Wilkes Middle School 7th-Grade girls basketball team won the county tournament earlier this winter. The team finished with an 11-3 record for the season.
What would the state basketball playoffs be without Bishop McGuinness? Answer: Nobody knows, at least not for the past six years.
Pairings and start times have been announced for next weekâ€™s 2A and 1A regional basketball tournaments in Greensboro. Girls teams from North Surry, Wilkes Central and Bishop McGuinness have advanced, as well as the boys team from West Stokes. Here is the complete 2A and 1A schedule for the Western Regional:
North Surry girls basketball coach Shane Slate had to check a banner hanging in the home gymnasium when asked about the last time the Greyhounds had advanced to the regionals. â€ś1992,â€ť he said, peeking into the rafters. â€śItâ€™s been awhile.â€ť
Wilkes Central seniors Paige Love, Katie Ryder and Haley Williams played their last game on their home court Friday night in the Class 2A West Sectional final, and it was a doozy.
A controversial technical foul resulted in a six-point swing midway through the fourth quarter, helping the visiting Murphy Bulldogs post a 69-64 victory over West Wilkes in the third round of the NCHSAA 1A playoffs Friday evening.
Girls basketball teams from Wilkes Cental, North Surry and Bishop McGuinness, as well as the boys team from West Stokes, will be Greensboro-bound next week. All four teams won sectional championships Friday night and have advanced to the West Regional semifinals, which will be held next Thursday and Friday at UNC Greensboro and the Greensboro Coliseum.
North Surryâ€™s girls basketball team has been one of the most successful of any hoops squad in the Yadkin Valley Sports coverage area the past four years. The Greyhounds, owners of a 27-2 record this season, went 23-3 last year, posted a 20-7 mark in 2009-10 and finished 21-6 in 2008-09.
For South Davidsonâ€™s boys, the road to a 1A state championship will leave the friendly confines of Denton on Friday. But at least the Wildcats still have gas in the tank.
How good is defending 2A state champion East Rutherford? At first blush, the Cavaliersâ€™ 72-58 victory over Wilkes Central Wednesday evening in Bostic would seem to indicate East is on a solid track to defend their title in 2012.
West Stokes overcame a barrage of three pointers in the first quarter by the Salisbury Hornets and won going away 54-41 in the second round of the 2A state playoffs Wednesday. With the win, the Wildcats advanced to the Sectional Finals for the first time in school history.
Ethan Wilmoth, playing his final game in Surry Central High Schoolâ€™s gymnasium, certainly bid farewell to the home court in grand style Wednesday night.
The Cardinals made them pay the price by scoring 13 straight points for 16-4 lead and went on to a 61-49 win in the second round of the 1A state playoffs Wednesday night in Denton. Cardinal center Samantha Adams dominated play with 35 points.