Warriors ousted from tourney semifinals
Three of the four area basketball teams in 3-A Big Eight Conference tournaments were eliminated on the first day of competition Wednesday.
Only the J.F. Webb girls, seeded sixth, advanced to the semifinals. The Warriors upset No. 3 Cedar Ridge, but fell 63-27 at No. 2 Cardinal Gibbons on Thursday.
The Gibbons girls eliminated No. 7 Northern Vance 71-17 on Wednesday.
Chapel Hill’s top-seeded girls defeated No. 8 Orange 69-18 on Wednesday, advancing to meet Southern Durham. The fifth-seeded Spartans upended No. 5 Northwood.
Northern’s eighth-seeded boys lost at top-seeded Orange 73-65 on Wednesday. The Panthers advanced to host No. 4 Cardinal Gibbons, which knocked out No. 5 Cedar Ridge 64-48.
Sixth-seeded Webb fell 72-66 at No. 3 Southern Durham, which moved on to meet No. 2 Chapel Hill. The Tigers eliminated No. 7 Northwood 53-49.