Thoughts and observations off the first round of the N.C. 4A playoffs Monday night
MAINTAINING: Butler's boys had to win the conference tournament to get to the playoffs, and they made that earned No. 2 seed stand up with a strong 72-57 win over West Forsyth (West Forsyth probably doesn't like to see Butler on its playoff line. You may remember the Bulldogs football team beat West 70-16 in the second round of the NC 4AA playoffs in November).
Next up for Butler (12-15)? Piedmont Triad No. 1 seed Jamestown Ragsdale (14-13) and after that a possible look at state power Greensboro Dudley Friday.
STRUGGLING: Ardrey Kell needed OT and a rally to beat 10-15 North Davidson Monday. The Knights have struggled in the past few games and need to fix it. Wednesday they host 12-15 Northwest Guilford. My guess, they play at Winston-Salem Reagan Friday for the right to go to the regionals.
SOARING: West Charlotte's JT Terrell had 9 3s Monday. It's par the course. Dude has scored 146 points in four postseason games.
SOARING II: Waddell's boys already have the best record in school history at 16-8 and won their first playoff game. Oscar Walker deserves some serious regional and state coach of the year nods.
SOARING III: Olympic hit three free throws in the final 16 seconds of its 46-43 win over North Meck's girls Monday to earn their first playoff win in at least nine seasons.
UPSETS: How about Garinger's boys? Three wins all season and beat Asheville Reynolds 67-63 in the mountains. Reynolds is 4-17 but it takes a lot of want to, to take that bus ride all the way up there knowing you had three wins in your history this season and still play your guts out. Congratulations to the Cats and star David Johnson who had 24.
UPSETS II: A little surprised to see Gastonia Forestview go down early. The Jaguars (16-9) lost to Hibriten 74-71 in overtime after returning a lot of players from a N.C. 3A state finalist last season.
BIG MATCHUPS COMING: The best game in the state Wednesday is Vance at West Charlotte. Can anyone believe Vance, No. 9 in one state poll, is a four seed in its own league? Wow the I-MECK 4A is tough. Vance beat the Lions twice in the regular season but with Terrell playing like a modern day George Gervin, the Lions are streaking. Can someone move this one to Grady Cole Center?
-- Jumping ahead one round, I see an 25-2 East Meck girls team going to play at 25-3 Winston-Salem Reynolds for the right to advance to the regionals. Whew that's a good one. And another great matchup on the girls side Friday could be Charlotte Catholic (23-3) at Concord (23-5).
-- Best girls matchup Wednesday, though, might be at Gastonia Forestview, where the reigning 3A Western Regional champions host Hickory (20-3), the Northwestern No. 1 seed. Forestview is No. 4 in the Sweet 16. Hickory is No. 10.
ROADBLOCK?: Butler is determined to get back to the girls regionals, but the Bulldogs play at 21-6 Southwest Guilford Wednesday, the No. 1 Piedmont Triad Seed. If Butler gets past that test, they play reigning 3A state champ Greensboro Dudley Friday at Dudley, a wicked place to play. Dudley moved up to 4A this season.
1A GIRLS: Yadkin Valley 61, W-S Prep 39; Bishop McGuinness 79, Bessemer City 21; Highland Tech 47, Jefferson 37; Union Academy 66, Gray Stone 44; Mt Airy 41, N. Stokes 40; Albemarle 54, Cherryville 41; Monroe 64, East Montgomery 34; E. Surry 59, N. Moore 30; E. Wilkes 74, Lake Norman Charter 53; Mitchell 60, Swain County 22; Murphy 82, Nantahala 13; Hiwassee Dam 50, Rosman 29; Avery 81, Elkin 53; Robbinsville 81, Hayesville 58; Alleghany 54, Hendersonville 44
2A GIRLS: Carver 54, Central Davidson 26; N. Stanly 60, E. Rutherford 55; Salisbury 42, Piedmont 22; E. Lincoln 62, Andrews 45; Thomasville 52, Berry 43; Shelby 75, W Stanly 42; E Davidson 64, Lincolnton 44; Newton-Conover 55, Surry Central 40; Wilkes Central 67, Brevard 64; North Surry 58, Draughn 38; Mtn Heritage 43, N. Henderson 35; Bandys 103, S. Stokes 29; Owan 75, Starmount 64; Pisgah 83, E Burke 73
3A GIRLS: N. Iredell 63, AL Brown 50; Harding 59, Concord Robinson 57; Parkwood 61, Carson 41; Hickory Ridge 64, NE Guilford 39; Concord 93, N Forsyth 67; Statesville 63, Weddington 42; Charlotte Catholic 52, NW Cabarrus 23; Marvin Ridge 70, West Rowan 60; Forestview 75, Patton 20; Hickory 68, Asheville 46; Freedom 82, Crest 40; N. Buncombe 70, Tuscola 58; Erwin 68, W. Henderson 44; St. stephens 46, Ashbrook 33; Franklin 78, Hunter Huss 71; R-S Central 70, Newton Foard 59
4A GIRLS: Dudley 49, Western Guilford 34; Mt Tabor 53, Myers Park 39; SW Guilford 61, Smith 43; Butler 100, N. Davidson 37; W-S Reynolds 52, Ragsdale 38; HP Central 56, SE Guilford 51; E. Meck 60, Davie County 29; NW Guilford 51, Page 46; Olympic 46, North Meck 43; Lake Norman 65, Sun Valley 47; S. Caldwell 56, Roberson 26; Porter Ridge 62, Ardrey Kell 44; Hopewell 63, Providence 40; McDowell 71, Mallard Creek 57; Watauga 63, East Gaston 58
1A BOYS: E. Surry 76, N. Rowan 74 OT; Cherryville 91, S. Davidson 60; W. Montgomery 64, Monroe Central 62; W-S Prep 70, N. Moore 33; Highland Tech 46, E. Montgomery 44; Monroe 76, Chatham Central 46; Mt Airy 59, Albemarle 57; N. Wilkes 62, N. Stokes 49; Hayesville 77, Hiwassee Dam 73; Hendersonville 81, Andrews 38; Robbinsville 59, Highlands 45; Nantahala 79, Swain County 44; Avery 65, W. Wilkes 52; Murphy 78, Cherokee 67; Mitchell 71, Elkin 64
2A BOYS: Andrews 90, E. Davidson 48; Forest Hills 81, Shelby 71; Lexington 80, Piedmont 31; Carver 67, Lincolnton 45; Berry 69, Thomasville 63; E. Lincoln 76, E. Burke 60; E. Rutherford 83, Cuthbertson 61; Salisbury 61, N. Lincoln 30; W. Caldwell 77, N. Surry 43; Brevard 62, Forbush 60; W. Stokes 57, Bunker Hill 48 OT; Pisgah 67, Madison 52; Polk Co. 62, Ashe 48; Newton-Conover 87, Surry Central 72; Mtn Heritage 71, Wilkes Central 49; Smoky Mountain 84, Bandys 48
3A BOYS: W. Rowan 72, NW Cabarrus 57; Waddell 78, Brown 59; Anson 64, S. Rowan 43; C. Cabarrus 67, Asheboro 62; Concord 77, Ledford 59; Carson 80, Parkwood 64; Harding 71, Hickory Ridge 56; Marvin Ridge 74, Statesville 71; Huss 84, R-S Central 54; Hickory 75, Asheville 43; Freedom 70, Ashbrook 66; Enka 80, W. Henderson 67; N. Buncombe 70, E. Henderson 43; Hibrotn 74, Forestview 71 OT; Tuscola 65, South Point 62; Burns 73, St. Stephens 63
4A BOYS: Dudley 75, E. Forsyth 48; Mt Tabor 77, Providence 56; Ragsdale 76, Grimsley 71; Butler 72, W. Forsyth 57; Reagan 65, SW Guilford 51; HP Central 69, Western Guilford 63; Ardrey Kell 57, N. Davidson 55 OT; NW Guilfodr 77, Smith 76 OT; Vance 64, Olympic 58; W. Charlotte 112, Porter Ridge 58; Watauga 64, Page 62; Garinger 67, AC Reynolds 63; Myers Park 68, Sun Valley 52; Hopewell 66, E. Meck 61; Lake Norman 69, mcdowell 63; W. Meck 63, Alexander Central 55
Wednesday’s Second Round Pairings
1A GIRLS: Bishop McGuinness at Chatham Central; Union Academy at Highland; Albemarle at Mt Airy; East Surry at Monroe; Cherokee/Highlands at E. Wilkes; Murphy at Mitchell; Avery at Hiwassee Dam; Allgehany at Robbinsville
2A GIRLS: North Stanly at W-S Carver; E. Lincoln at Salisbury; N. Lincoln/West Caldwell vs. Thomasville; E Davidson at Shelby; Wilkes Central at Newton-Conover; Mtn Heritage at N. Surry; Bandys vs. Ashe/Madison; Pisgah at Owen
3A GIRLS: Harding at N. Iredell; Hickory Ridge at Parkwood; Statesville at Concord; Marvin Ridge at Charlotte Catholic; Hickory at Gastonia Forestview; N. Buncombe at Freedom; St. Stephens at Erwin; R-S Central at Franklin
4A GIRLS: Mt Tabor at Dudley; Butler at SW Guilford; HP Central at Reynolds; NW Guilford at East Meck; Lake Norman at Olympic; Reynolds/W. Meck at South Caldwell; Porter Ridge at Hopewell; Watauga at McDowell
1A BOYS: E. Surry at Bishop McGuinness; W. Montgomery at Cherryville; Highland Tech at W-S Prep; Mt Airy at Monroe; Hayesville at N. Wilkes; Robbinsville at Hendersonville; Avery at Nantahala; Mitchell at Murphy
2A BOYS: Forest Hills at HP Andrews; W-S Carver at Lexington; E. Lincoln at Berry; Salisbury at East Rutherford; Brevard at West Caldwell; Pisgah at W. Stokes; Polk at Newton-Conover; Smoky Mtn at Mtn Heritage
3A BOYS: Waddell at West Rowan; C. Cabarrus at Anson; Carson at Concord; Marvin Ridge at Harding; Hickory at Gastonia Huss; Enka at Freedom; Hibriten at N. Buncombe; Burns at Tuscola
4A BOYS: Mt Tabor at Dudley; Butler at Ragsdale; HP Central at Reagan; NW Guilford at Ardrey Kell; Vance at W. Charlotte; Garinger at Watauga; Myers Park at Hopewell; Lake Norman at West Meck
N.C. Independent Schools
Here are today’s first round NCISAA pairings. The quarterfinals are Thursday, semifinals Friday and championships Saturday at Forsyth Country Day at Kernersville
GIRLS 1A: Trinity Christian at Raleigh Word of God; Ridgecroft at Northwood; Faith Christian at Greenfield; Hobgood Academy at Statesville Christian; Durham Trinity at Oakwood; Shannon Forest at Cape Fear; Wayne Christian at Wayne Country Day; Cresset Christian at United Faith, 5:30 p.m.
BOYS 1A: Cape Fear at Trinity Christian; Hobgood at Durham Trinity; Elon at Greenfield; Statesville Christian at Raleigh Word of God; Ridgecroft at Flora Macdonald; Cresset Christian at Wayne Country Day; Lawrence Academy at Davidson Day; Waccamaw Academy at United Faith, 7 p.m.
GIRLS 2A: Southlake at Carolina Day; Calvary Baptist at Gaston Christian; St. David’s at Concord First Assembly; Asheville Christian at Cary; Cape Fear at Carolina Friends; Westminster at Fay. Christian; Fay. Academy at Village Christian; Spartanburg Day at Victory Christian
BOYS 2A: Cary Christian at Westchester Country Day; Victory Christian at Metrolina Christian; High Point at Northside Christian, 6:30; Gaston Day at Fay. Christian; Cape Fear at Asheville Christian; Caldwell Academy at Fay. Academy; Carolina Day at St. David’s; Arendell Parrot at Concord First Assembly
GIRLS 3A: Providence Day, bye; Covenant Day at Cary Academy; N. Raleigh Christian at Ral. Ravenscroft; Forsyth Country Day, bye; Greensboro Day at Country Day, 6; Hickory Grove, bye; Durham Academy at Rabun Gap; Charlotte Christian, bye
BOYS 3A: Arden Christ School, bye; Providence Day at Wesleyan Academy, 6; N. Raleigh Christian at Greensboro Day; Forsyth Country Day, bye; Durham Academy at Concord Cannon; Raleigh Ravenscroft, bye; Rabun Gap at Charlotte Latin; Charlotte Christian, bye
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thoughts and observations off the first round of the N.C. 4A playoffs Monday night