Saturday’s NCHSAA Basketball Championships

NCHSAA boys and girls basketball championship matchups

March 13, 2013 

Chapel Hill players celebrate after defeating West Craven High School 59-51 to win the NCHSAA 3A Eastern Regional Championship at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville NC, March 9, 2013.

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At Chapel Hill’s Smith Center

2A girls, noon

Kinston (26-4) vs. Canton Pisgah (26-6)

This is the Viking girls’ first state finals appearance. Monique Lofton leads Kinston with 13.5 points. Lydia Rivers contributes 10.7 points and 11.4 rebounds. Brittany Drumgoole (10 ppg., 6.5 apg) was the Eastern Regional MVP. Pisgah’s Sheridan Pressley (15.8 ppg.) leads the Bears, who have won 20 of their past 21 games.

2A boys, 2:30 p.m.

Kinston (27-2) vs.Waxhaw Cuthbertson (29-3)

Kinston is in the finals for the 19th time and the fifth time in the past seven seasons. The Vikings beat Cuthbertson for the title in 2012. Brandon Ingram averages 11 points per game. Cuthbertson’s Shelton Mitchell gets 21.1 points per game

4A girls, 5 p.m.

Millbrook (32-0) vs. Greensboro Page (28-1)

Millbrook won the title in 2012 and is in the finals for the third straight year. Ryan Flowers (12.5 ppg. 10.5 rpg.) and Mykia Jones (12.2 ppg., 5.2 apg.) lead the Wildcats. Briana Day, a 6-foot-4 senior, was the Eastern Regional MVP and the MVP of the 2012 finals. Paris Kea (14.2 ppg.) leads the Pirates.

4A boys, 7:30 p.m.

Broughton (27-5) vs. Charlotte Olympic (29-0)

The Caps’ Devonte’ Graham gets 15.7 points and 5.5 assists per game. The Caps are balanced with James Hemphill getting 12.5 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds. Olympic is ranked among the top teams in the country. Four players average 10 or more points led by Deriece Parks’ 14.8 points per game. The Trojans have topped 100 points three times and have been in the 80s or 90s 10 other times. Broughton’s high is 80 points and the Caps have reached the point only twice.

At Raleigh, Reynolds Coliseum

1A girls, Noon

Graham River Mill (28-3) vs. Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (24-7)

River Mill has only seven players on its active roster. Lenaira Ruffin, who is 5-foot-8, is the club’s tallest player. Ruffin averages 12 points and 11 rebounds. McGuinness is attempting to win its eighth consecutive girls basketball title, the longest streak ever in any classification.

1A boys, 2:30 p.m.

Rocky Mount Prep (24-3) vs. Winston-Salem Prep (31-1)

Deshawn Freeman, a 6-6 senior, averages 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds for Rocky Mount Prep. James Bonds hands out 10.2 assists. Winston-Salem Prep won the title in 2008 when Reggie Johnson, now at the University of Miami, had 23 rebounds in a 73-42 win over Pamlico. Coye Simmons averages 14.2 points and 11.3 rebounds. Mike Hughes averages 13.9 points.

3A girls, 5 p.m.

Chapel Hill (30-1) vs. Charlotte Harding (23-4)

Catherine Romaine, a 6-2 junior, is expected to be a key for Chapel Hill. She averages 10 points and 7.0 rebounds. Jamella Smith (11.8 ppg.) was the Carolina Six 3A player of the year and Raziyah Farrington adds 10.3 points. Harding, which won the 2012 state title, relies on a pressure defense. Myicha Drakeford averages 15.8 points. Abrea Harris was the Western MVP.

3A boys, 7:30 p.m.

Oxford Webb (26-5) vs. Statesville (25-3)

McDonald’s All-America selection Isaiah Hicks, a UNC recruit, had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocked shots in Webb’s 68-64 win over defending state champion Rocky Mount in the Eastern Regional finals. Stefan Cates (13 ppg.), Bryan Smith (13 rpg), Devonte Williams (9 ppg.) and Mitron Terry (13 ppg.) give Webb a strong supporting cast. Statesville’s Josh Gaither scored 29 points in a 74-71 Western regional win over Gastonia Huss. Jaquan Warren (16 ppg.), Gaither (13 ppg.), Breon Borders (12 ppg., 8 rpg) and Marquis Willis (8.0 apg.) provide outstanding balance.

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