Hickory sweeps Foard in season finale

A 13-5 fourth quarter propelled the Hickory boys basketball team to a 54-40 win against Fred T. Foard on Friday.

The victory earns the Red Tornadoes (21-3, 11-1) a share of the regular season NWC title.

Jalen Byrd led Hickory with 12 points, while C.J. Wardrick added 10 points and Zach Jarrett pitched in eight points.

Jordan Turner scored a game-high 15 points for Foard (13-10, 3-9), including 13 points in the first half. Daniel Tomberlin added six points.

The Tigers were out-rebounded 30-23 in the game and committed 23 turnovers. Foard also had a poor shooting night, connecting on 14-of-37 shots (38 percent).

The Red Tornadoes shot the ball extremely well, connecting on 52 percent of their shots from the field (22-of-42).

Hickory 72, Fred T. Foard 54

The Lady Red Tornadoes wrapped up a perfect NWC record and one-loss regular season with a win against the Lady Tigers in Hickory on Friday.

"We're tickled to death," said Hickory coach Barbara Helms. "I told the girls I don't think many people thought we'd do as well as we did this year. We had a very young team. A lot of teams tried to challenge us and I think we did a good job all year of making adjustments, being able to maintain and finish the games strong, which is important."

Danasia Witherspoon scored 21 points to lead Hickory (23-1, 12-0), while Yazmin Hannah and Aja Hoyle added 17 points each.

Chelsea Turner paced Foard (13-10, 6-6) with 17 points. Brooke Robinson added 14 points for the Lady Tigers.

"We didn't perform as well as we would have liked to have," said Foard coach Brad Mangum. "We've been playing good basketball. We're not going to let this loss stop us. We're going to continue to fight and play hard next week in the tournament and in the playoffs."

Hickory is the No. 1 seed in next week's Northwestern 3A/4A tournament and has a bye in the opening round.

"It's a good thing because we have some people that are sick," Helms said. "Right now, we start focusing on playoffs. The conference tournament is great, but we really need to focus on who we will be playing and gathering information so we can be successful as we go into playoffs."

The Lady Tigers are the No. 4 seed and play Watauga in the first round of the Northwestern 3A/4A tournament. The winner meets Hickory in round two.

"We're matched up against Watauga on Monday night," Mangum said. "They are a well-coached team. We split with them in the regular season. We have to come out and play hard. If we are fortunate enough to win, we'll come back here and play a tough Hickory squad on Tuesday."