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Warriors top Bears, return to CVAC final

February 15, 2012

Despite putting up a strong effort Wednesday, the Bunker Hill boys basketball team had its season ended by West Caldwell, 67-47.

The loss ends the Bears' four-game winning streak.

Bunker Hill (7-18) led 16-15 after the first quarter, giving the top-seeded Warriors (16-6) an early scare.

West Caldwell outscored the Bears 15-6 in the second quarter and carried a 30-22 lead into halftime. Ashton Smith paced the Warriors in the first half with eight points.

Barnes helps No. 8 UNC rally past Miami 73-64

February 15, 2012

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Harrison Barnes scored 23 points and No. 8 North Carolina used smothering defense to rally from an eight-point deficit in the second half and beat Miami 73-64 Wednesday night.

The Tar Heels, who came in leading the nation with 83.5 points per game, shot only 38 percent and went 5 for 18 from 3-point range. But they forced turnovers on four consecutive possessions in the second half to get back in the game, and held Miami without a point for nearly five minutes down the stretch.

Maiden introduces new football coach

February 14, 2012

Maiden High School's new football coach carries an extensive resume in the sport.

James "Buddy" King, a former longtime college offensive line coach, was introduced as the new head Blue Devil in a press conference Tuesday in the school's auditorium.

King served the past two seasons as offensive line coach at Goose Creek High School in South Carolina.

"I can't thank Mr. (Dwayne) Finger, Mr. (Jeff) Price, the school board and all of you for the opportunity we all have here at Maiden High School," King said in his first comments to the community.

Red Tornadoes oust Tigers, advance to title game

February 14, 2012

Four days after falling to Hickory on the road in the regular season finale, déjà vu struck the Fred T. Foard girls basketball team.

The Lady Tigers (14-10) lost 72-48 Tuesday in a game that mirrored a 72-54 loss to Hickory on Feb. 10.

Trailing 27-25 at the half, Hickory turned up its defense, outscoring Foard 23-7 in the third quarter.

Foard coach Brad Mangum said the quarter made a huge difference in deciding the winner of Tuesday’s game.

Augustin ready to return for laboring Bobcats

February 14, 2012

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Bobcats are hoping the return of point guard D.J. Augustin means the end of a dubious 15-game losing streak, the longest in franchise history.

The Bobcats (3-25) have lost 11 straight games with Augustin sidelined with inflammation in his right toe.

Indians make 10 treys, advance over Foard

February 13, 2012

After falling to Foard in a nail-biter on the road a few weeks ago, the St. Stephens boys basketball team eliminated the suspense the second time around.

The Indians (14-9) made 10 three-pointers in Monday’s NWC first round tournament game against the Tigers, including four each by Dillion Spencer and Logan Starkey, lifting them to a 61-48 victory.

St. Stephens coach Murphy Post said it was the second straight game his team found its stroke.

PREP NOTEBOOK: N-C, Bandys advance to semis

February 13, 2012

The Newton-Conover and Bandys girls basketball teams picked up victories in Monday’s first round of the Catawba Valley 2A tournament.

The No. 1 Lady Red Devils (22-3) maintained a balanced attack offensively, receiving 16 points from Taylor Petty and Kadesha Gibbs, 15 points from Shynese Whitener and 13 points from Lanecia Williams in their 81-15 win against Bunker Hill.

The No. 8 Bears’ season ends at 0-22 overall.

Margaret Connor and Brittany Harrill led Bunker Hill with four points each.

No. 2 Bandys 77, No. 7 Maiden 29

76ers send Bobcats to 15th straight loss

February 13, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Lou Williams scored 23 points off the bench as the Philadelphia 76ers built an early lead and held on to send the Charlotte Bobcats to their 15th straight defeat, 98-89 Monday night.

Thaddeus Young added 20 points on 6 of 9 shooting, and Jrue Holiday chipped in with 19 points for the 76ers (20-9).

Williams was averaging 19 points over the previous four games. He stayed hot Monday night, making several big shots including a 3-pointer with 6:11 remaining after the Bobcats had pulled within 71-69.

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

February 13, 2012

Monday, Feb. 13
Bunker Hill at Newton-Conover girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Maiden at Bandys girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Bandys boys basketball at West Caldwell, 6:30 p.m.
Bunker Hill boys basketball at Draughn, 6:30 p.m.
Maiden boys basketball at Newton-Conover, 8 p.m.
Watauga at Fred T. Foard girls basketball, 7 p.m.
St. Stephens at Alexander Central girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Fred T. Foard at St. Stephens boys basketball, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Watauga-Foard girls winner at Hickory, 6:30 p.m.

Griffin, Paul lead Clippers over Bobcats 111-86

February 13, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Blake Griffin can't remember ever receiving an ovation from an opposing crowd after leaving a game.

But he got one Saturday night after an impressive performance that included several highlight-reel dunks in the Los Angeles Clippers' 111-86 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Griffin finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds before leaving the game with a little more than six minutes remaining.

"That might be a first," Griffin said of the ovation. "That was pretty cool."

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