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Bandys stopped Wilkes Central on their final possession and senior Tara Potter grabbed the final rebound, as the Lady Trojans held on to win the Sectional championship Friday.
Wilkes Central (25-5) had possession of the ball with 30 seconds remaining in the game and trailed 66-65. The Lady Eagles ran 20 seconds off the clock before coach Scott Waugh took a timeout to set up the final play.
However, Wilkes Central missed a game-winning shot. Potter grabbed the rebound off the miss, was fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws to seal the Bandys win.
Newton-Conover blew open a six-point halftime lead in the third quarter and scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter, on their way to a win over East Burke.
The Lady Red Devils (24-3) defeated the Lady Cavaliers (20-9) 61-42,on Friday to advance to their second straight Western 2A Regional in Greensboro next week. Newton-Conover joins Bandys (27-3), Thomasville (23-6) and defending state champion Salisbury (24-1).
Seven wrestlers at Fred T. Foard will be trying to make history beginning today at the NCHSAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament and complete the comeback of the Tiger's wrestling program.
Among those headed to Greensboro on Thursday are Caleb Griffin, Jeremy Fredell, Jacob Harper, Hayden Albert, Dillon Johnson, Zack Edwards and Cole Schanilec.
Each will have a chance to become the first-ever state wrestling champion in Fred T. Foard history.
Despite eleven 3-pointers from Shelby, the Lady Trojans knocked off the previously unbeaten Golden Lions on the road Wednesday.
Both teams were tied 34-34 at halftime. The Lady Trojans (26-3) came out sluggish in the second half. They committed four early turnovers in the third quarter after only having ten turnovers in the first half.
The Lady Red Devils advanced to the Sectional Round of the playoffs with a victory over Mountain Heritage on the road Wednesday.
Leading Newton-Conover (23-3) were four players â€“ Kadesha Gibbs, Quazzy Tipps, Shynese Whitener and Tiana Littlejohn.
They combined to score 48 of their teamâ€™s 59 points in the game.
The Lady Red Devils rushed out to a 28-13 halftime lead with a combination of their strong defense and fast break offense.
The State 2A Individual Wrestling Tournament begins today, as 21 local wrestlers from Bandys, Bunker Hill, Newton-Conover and Maiden will compete.
Last season, the entire tournament was two days in length, which caused some scheduling issues. Some tournament matches lasted until right around mid-night.
The new tournament schedule is three days in length and 2A teams start competition on Thursday instead of Friday.
By Cody Dalton
O-N-E Sports Editor
Individual wrestlers from all around the Catawba County area are preparing for this weekâ€™s NCHSAA state wrestling tournament and many are working together.
On Tuesday, the state qualified wrestlers from St. Stephens and Bunker Hill spent time together in practice trying to prepare one another for the competition they will face.
Indians coach Billy Baker likes the idea of changing up the daily routine to help his wrestlers not become used to their familiar surroundings.
The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 17-0 lead and never looked back.
Bandys advanced to the district round of the NCHSAA playoffs with an impressive win over Smoky Mountain on Monday.
The win was the first since the Lady Trojans won the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference tournament last week.
Bandys coach Beth Queen thought one of the keys to the game was Bandys' experience against Smoky Mountain's inexperience.
Newton-Conover bounced back from a loss to Bandys last week in the CVAC tournament and took their frustrations out on Starmount.
The Lady Red Devils (22-3) overcame a 9-2 deficit early in game and exploded in the second quarter on their way to a huge first round playoff win over the Lady Rams.
Newton-Conover coach Jonathan Tharpe expected nothing less of his team despite the difficult loss on Friday.
The first round playoff pairings for Monday's games were released on Saturday.
Among those teams hosting home games are two girls' basketball teams, including CVAC regular season champion Newton-Conover and CVAC tournament champion Bandys.
The Lady Red Devils (21-3) will try to rebound from a tough loss to the Trojans in the conference tournament championship game on Friday. They host Starmount (10-12), the No. 3 team out of the Mountain Valley Conference.