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PREP NOTEBOOK: Basketball playoff pairings

February 24, 2014

Below is a look at the first-round playoff match ups involving Catawba County teams:

Girls basketball

2A West playoffs
No. 31 Smoky Mountain (10-12) at No. 2 Bandys (22-0)
No. 17 Lexington (14-7) at No. 16 Bunker HIll (14-8)
No. 20 Maiden (13-9) at No. 13 Surry Central
No. 24 Newton-Conover (12-10) at No. 9 North Surry (16-6)

3A West playoffs

Despite struggles, Indians' Marcus Conner thrives

February 22, 2014

Growing up with no father and a disabled mother, St. Stephens’ Marcus Conner has learned several tough lessons early in his life.

Despite his circumstances, the junior boys basketball player is thriving on the court and hopes to lead the Indians to a deep run in the 3A playoffs starting on Monday.

Conner’s father was shot and killed in Statesville when he was just 2 years old.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Complete tournament recaps

February 21, 2014

Below is a recap of both the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A girls and boys basketball teams:

Southern District 7

Girls

First-round scores
No. 1 Bandys 81, No. 8 West Lincoln 14
No. 2 Bunker Hill 64, No. 7 East Lincoln 15
No. 3 Maiden 45, No. 6 Lincolnton 35
No. 4 Newton-Conover 57, No. 5 West Caldwell 23

Boys

PREP NOTEBOOK: Thursday's sports scores

February 21, 2014

Below is a look at Thursday's conference tournament playoff scores and Friday's tournament finals involving the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A:

Southern District 7

Girls

First-round scores
No. 1 Bandys 81, No. 8 West Lincoln 14
No. 2 Bunker Hill 64, No. 7 East Lincoln 15
No. 3 Maiden 45, No. 6 Lincolnton 35

Behind Connor’s big night, Red Devils in SD-7 finals

February 19, 2014

Behind a stout performance both offensively and defensively, the Newton-Conover boys basketball team marched its way into the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A championship game.

The Red Devils led Bunker Hill by 14 points after the first quarter and coasted to a 76-40 victory against the Bears in the conference tournament semifinals Wednesday at CVCC’s Tarlton Complex.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Wednesday's prep scoreboard

February 19, 2014

Below is a look at Wednesday's conference tournament playoff games involving the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A:

Southern District 7

Girls

First-round scores
No. 1 Bandys 81, No. 8 West Lincoln 14
No. 2 Bunker Hill 64, No. 7 East Lincoln 15
No. 3 Maiden 45, No. 6 Lincolnton 35
No. 4 Newton-Conover 57, No. 5 West Caldwell 23

Boys

Every player scores in round one win for Red Devils

February 18, 2014

With contributions from both its starting five and bench, the Newton-Conover boys basketball team advance in the SD-7 tournament.

The Red Devils defeated West Lincoln, 90-51, at home on Tuesday to move on to tonight’s round two at CVCC’s Tarlton Complex.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tuesday's tournament scoreboard

February 18, 2014

Below is a look at Tuesday's conference tournament playoff games involving the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A:

Southern District 7

Girls scores
No. 1 Bandys 81, No. 8 West Lincoln 14
No. 2 Bunker Hill 64, No. 7 East Lincoln 15
No. 3 Maiden 45, No. 6 Lincolnton 35
No. 4 Newton-Conover 57, No. 5 West Caldwell 23

Boys scores

Red Devils, Lady Trojans end regular season on top

February 18, 2014

The Newton-Conover boys and Bandys girls basketball teams closed out regular season championship seasons on Monday with a pair of the victories.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Monday's prep scores

February 18, 2014

Below is a look at Monday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:

Girls basketball
Bandys 91, Newton-Conover 48
Maiden 46, Lincolnton 41
West Caldwell 38, Bunker Hill 34
St. Stephens 66, Fred T. Foard 26 (from Saturday)

Boys basketball
Lincolnton 72, Maiden 52
Newton-Conover 85, Bandys 72
West Caldwell 53, Bunker Hill 41

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