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No. 7 North Carolina beats rival NC State 86-74

February 21, 2012

RALEIGH — Kendall Marshall had a career-high 22 points and 13 assists to help No. 7 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 86-74 on Tuesday night.

Harrison Barnes added 20 points for the Tar Heels (24-4, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who extended their domination of their nearby rivals. North Carolina has won 12 straight meetings and hasn't lost to the Wolfpack (18-10, 7-6) in five years.

Huskies eliminate Indians for second-straight year

February 21, 2012

New year. Same teams. Same result.

After falling to eventual 3A state champion Hunter Huss, 77-49, one year ago in the playoffs, St. Stephens was dealt the same fate Monday.

The Indians (15-12) fell behind in the second quarter and never caught up, losing to the Huskies (13-10) at home.

“(Huss) really came on late in the year it seems,” said Indians coach Murphy Post. “I think they are playing their best ball right now.”

Proving its right to be a playoff team, Saint took an 8-2 lead early in the ball game.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Story scores 41, 1,000th in win

February 20, 2012

Madi Story scored 41 points in Bandys’ 97-46 playoff victory over Central Davidson on Monday.
Story, who finished the night 17-of-23 from the field, also scored her 1,000th career point for the Lady Trojans (25-2).

Taylor Sigmon added a double-double for Bandys with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jesse Story pitched in 14 points.

Newton-Conover 82, West Lincoln 25

Behind 24 points from Shynese Whitener and 22 points from Taylor Petty, the Lady Red Devils advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Catawba native Lutz helps spark N.C. State Wolfpack

February 20, 2012

RALEIGH — Bobby Lutz and Orlando Early know the pressure facing North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried when he calls a play late in a tight game or tries to discern team morale after a tough loss.

The assistants have been there before as head coaches running their own programs.

With their experience on the Wolfpack bench, it's no coincidence the program is having its best season in six years. Lutz spent a dozen years as Charlotte's head coach; Early spent five years as head coach at Louisiana-Monroe.

Red Devils win West Regional, qualify 5 for states

February 19, 2012

It was a successful Saturday for the Newton-Conover wrestling program — both as a team and individually.

The Red Devils held off Pisgah to earn the 2A West Regional crown, while qualifying five wrestlers for next weekend's state championships in Greensboro.

Among the five Red Devils heading to states are Ian Canrobert at 106 pounds, Franklin Wepner at 126 pounds, Tyler Benfield at 195 pounds, Eric Holbrook at 145 pounds and Addison Klutz at 152 pounds.

Wepner also picked up an individual title at the regionals, defeating Polk County's Jose Ramirez in the 126-pound final.

Tigers repeat on mat as 3A West Regional champs

February 19, 2012

Fred T. Foard added a second-straight 3A West Regional title to its program's history on Saturday.

The Tigers scored 159 points on their way to the Regional championship, qualifying seven wrestlers for next weekend's state championships in Greensboro in the process.

Two Tigers — Ben Pitts at 132 pounds and Hayden Albert at 160 pounds — also scored individual titles in their respective weight class at the regionals.

5 teams home, away in hoops first round

February 18, 2012

The 2A and 3A brackets for the boys and girls state basketball playoffs were released on Saturday with five teams both hosting and traveling for first round contests.

The CVAC co-champions in girls basketball — Bandys and Newton-Conover — are home for the first round.

The Lady Trojans are seeded No. 4 in the Midwest bracket and take on Central Davidson in Catawba. The winner meets No. 5 Thomasville or No. 12 Cuthbertson in Wednesday's second round.

Miller’s 11 points pushes Lady Red Devils to title

February 17, 2012

Cayla Miller picked the perfect time to have one of the biggest nights of her career.

The Newton-Conover senior guard scored 11 points — all in the second half — to guide the Lady Red Devils to the Catawba Valley 2A tournament title Friday in a 64-53 win over Bandys.

“I can’t say enough about her,” N-C coach Ike Williams said. “That’s the Cayla Miller we’ve been waiting all year for to have a big game. She really stepped up. She hit a big three, made some putbacks and made some free throws. That’s what you expect from a senior. I’m very proud of her.”

Trojans’ Madi Story is CVAC’s top player

February 17, 2012

Bandys sophomore Madi Story was named the Catawba Valley 2A player of the year Friday, while the Trojans’ Beth Queen is the top coach in the conference.

Story joins her sister, Jesse, as back-to-back CVAC players of the year.

The Trojans had a league-leading four players named all-conference, including Chelsey Queen, Taylor Sigmon and both Story sisters.

Newton-Conover had the second-most selections in the Catawba Valley 2A, including Taylor Petty, Shynese Whitener and Kadesha Gibbs.

Maiden’s lone selection in the conference was Sabrien Gaither.

Bobcats end 16-game skid, beat Raptors 98-91

February 17, 2012

TORONTO — Reggie Williams scored a season-high 22 points to help the Charlotte Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 98-91 on Friday night.

D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 10 assists, Kemba Walker scored 14 points and fellow rookie Bismack Biyombo had a career-high 13 rebounds as the Bobcats won for the first time since beating Golden State 112-100 on Jan. 14. Corey Maggette added 16 points as Charlotte avoided becoming the 28th team in NBA history to drop at least 17 straight games.

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