Championship Roundup: Chapel Hill girls cap perfect season
CHAPEL HILL — Raziyah Farrington scored 22 points to help Chapel Hill beat Hickory 69-56 on Saturday in the Class 3-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association women's championship game.
Catherine Romaine added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (32-0), who were in a state final for the second straight year after losing to Charlotte Harding last season.
Farrington was named the game's most valuable player.
Sadasia Tipps scored 17 points and Yazman Hannah added 16 for the Red Tornadoes (29-1), who were in a state final for the second time in four years and playing for their first state title since 1999.
Chapel Hill shot 44 percent and jumped to a 23-6 lead by the end of the first quarter to take control early. The Tigers led by 26 points in the third quarter.
Hickory shot 38 percent and committed 24 turnovers, leading to 34 points for Chapel Hill.
MORGANTON FREEDOM 59, WILSON HUNT 57
CHAPEL HILL — Kasen Wilson hit a jumper with 2 seconds left to lift Morganton Freedom past James B. Hunt 59-57 on Saturday night in the Class 3-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's championship game.
Chris Bridges scored 19 points and Wilson finished with 12 for Freedom (31-1). The Patriots — who won 4-A titles in 1994 and '98 — trailed 57-55 when Gabe Logan converted a three-point play for James B. Hunt with 1:26 left.
Jeron Hemphill hit a tying layup with 34 seconds left and James B. Hunt called a timeout with 30 seconds remaining, but Justin Jefferson turned the ball over with 18 seconds left to set up Wilson's winner.
Josh Willingham had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Dexter Wright and Justin Jefferson each had 10 points for James B. Hunt (25-3), which was denied its first men's state title.
HIGH POINT ANDREWS 57, CATAWBA BANDYS 51
Andrews beats Bandys 57-51 for 2-A women's title
RALEIGH — Imani Watkins scored 27 points to help High Point Andrews beat Catawba Bandys 57-51 in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association women's championship game.
Watkins was named the most valuable player of Saturday's game for Andrews (25-5), which shot just 32 percent but rallied from 13 points down to win the title in the school's first finals appearance.
Brie Grier added 10 points for the Red Raiders.
Sara Goble had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Trojans (31-1), who shot 40 percent but committed 19 turnovers that Andrews converted into 18 points.
Bandys led 44-37 entering the final quarter. Andrews then pushed ahead, outscoring the Trojans 20-7.
Bandys was in its first state final since 1994.
KINSTON 67, NORTH ROWAN 57
RALEIGH — Brandon Ingram had 28 points and 16 rebounds to help Kinston beat North Rowan 67-57 in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's championship game.
Andrew Lopez added 27 points on Saturday for the Vikings (26-4), who won a third straight state championship. Kinston was in a state final for the sixth time in eight seasons.
Ingram was named the game's most valuable player.
Kinston shot 47 percent for the game, with Ingram and Lopez combining to make 16 of 28 shots. Lopez made 4 of 6 3-point tries, while Ingram made 13 of 15 free throws.
Jalen Sanders had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the Cavaliers (22-6), who were in a state final for the first time since winning the 1-A crown in 2011.
Mike Bowman added 17 points for North Rowan and Michael Conner Jr. had 15. The Cavaliers shot 42 percent.
KERNERSVILLE BISHOP MCGUINESS 61, WILLIAMSTON RIVERSIDE 58
CHAPEL HILL — Alex Putman hit a shot from near halfcourt just before the buzzer to lift Kernersville Bishop McGuinness past Williamston Riverside 61-58 in the Class 1-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association women's championship game.
Putman's shot was her only basket of Saturday's game, helping McGuinness (29-4) win a record ninth straight state championship.
Julia Brown was named the game's most valuable player, scoring 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting. The Lady Villains led by 13 points in the second quarter before needing Putman's late heave to win it.
Tia Cappuccio added 11 points for McGuinness, which shot 41 percent and went just 3-for-20 from 3-point range.
Kayla Jones had 31 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals for the Knights (29-1), who shot 33 percent. Riverside scored 20 points off turnovers.
WINSTON-SALEM PREP 72, EAST CARTERET 71
CHAPEL HILL — Kwa'tre Hollingsworth scored with 3 seconds left to help Winston-Salem Prep beat East Carteret 72-71 in the Class 1-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's championship game.
Mike Hughes scored 17 points on Saturday to lead the Phoenix (26-4), who won their third straight state championship. Hughes was named the game's most valuable player for the third straight season.
Winston-Salem Prep shot 50 percent for the game, including 8-for-20 from 3-point range.
Trevor Willis scored 24 points to lead the Mariners (31-1), while Sam Johnson added 20 points.
East Carteret trailed by five late before Willis knocked down a 3-pointer at the 2:02 mark, then Johnson hit one on the ensuing possession to put the Mariners up 66-65.
CHARLOTTE MYERS PARK 61, SE RALEIGH 46
RALEIGH — Rydeiah Rogers had 25 points and 20 rebounds to help Charlotte Myers Park beat Southeast Raleigh 61-46 on Saturday in the Class 4-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association women's championship game.
Rogers was named the game's most valuable player for the Mustangs (30-1), who won the title in their first appearance in a state final. She also had four blocked shots and three steals in 30 minutes.
Myers Park shot 40 percent and dominated the glass 55-26, including 22 offensive rebounds that led to 25 second-chance points.
The Mustangs led 16-4 after the first quarter and led by as many as 20.
Tiffany McCarter scored 18 points for the Bulldogs (26-3), who were in their first state final since winning a title in 1999. Southeast Raleigh shot 30 percent for the game, including just 8 of 30 (27 percent) in the opening ha
Johnson hit another big 3 with 22 seconds left to give East Carteret a 71-70 lead before Hollingsworth answered with the winning basket.
APEX 62, LAKE NORMAN 59
RALEIGH — Ian Boyd scored 25 points and Apex beat Lake Norman 62-59 on Saturday night in the Class 4-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's championship game.
Boyd, named the game's most valuable player, was 9 of 14 and T.J. Evans added 22 points for Apex (23-7), which won its first NCHSAA title on its third trip to the championship game.
Hunter Seacat had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Lake Norman (28-2), which was making its second title-game appearance after winning it in 2010.
Apex shot 47 percent in the second half, 42 percent for the game and was 15 of 18 from the free-throw line.
Kishawn Pritchett added 17 points and David Scott finished with 14 for Lake Norman.