The North Carolina girls won and the N.C. boys lost Saturday night in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High. The games matched all-star high school basketball teams from North Carolina and South Carolina.
Rocky Mounts JKyra Brown led a North Carolina rally that overcame an 11-point deficit to force overtime in the eventual 76-67 victory. Green Hopes Ashley Williams was 4-for-4 from the foul line in overtime to seal the win.
Brown was selected most valuable player from the North Carolina squad and finished with 19 points, 16 in the second half. Williams had 11 points and Teri Rogers of Eastern Alamance had 13 rebounds.
In the boys game, Oxford Webbs Isaiah Hicks and Hokes Tarique Thompson each had 15 points in a 99-90 loss.
Girls lacrosse: Green Hope and Apex are Nos. 2 and 3 in the latest LaxPower North Carolina girls lacrosse rankings behind Charlotte Country Day. Green Hope and Apex will play their regular-season games against each other within a five-day window, April 12 at Green Hope in a previously rained out game and April 17 at Apex.
Schools are placed in special conferences for girls lacrosse because less than a fourth of the N.C. High School Athletic Association schools play the sport.
Apex (6-1) and Green Hope (6-0) are 4-0 in Conference 2 play. Wilmington Hoggard (5-2) leads Conference 1. Cardinal Gibbons (6-0, 7-1) is atop Conference 3 and East Chapel Hill (1-0, 5-2) leads Conference 4.
Mustangs baseball: Middle Creek baseball coach Jeremy Thompson expects his club to improve with the return of pitcher Graham Edwards over the next couple of weeks. Edwards was expected to be the ace of the staff but made his pitching debut with two innings of relief in a 1-0 win Friday against Holly Springs, which was No.1 in the N&O rankings.
Edwards had a hamstring tear and his return could be a factor in the Tri-Nine 4A race.
Green Hope, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and the Mustangs are expected to battle for the league championship.
Trainers Hall: Mike Guerrero was inducted into the N.C. Athletic Training Associations (NCATA) Hall of Fame last week. Guerrero has been a teacher and trainer at Garner High for more than 20 years.
The hall is at Appalachian State University.
The group usually inducts one or two trainers each year. Among the previous trainers honored are Bernie Capps of Rocky Mount, Bob Ford of Wake Forest-Rolesville, Ken Brown of Northern Durham and Steve Womack of Lee County.
National baseball: Sixteen of the top high school baseball teams in the country will play this week in the National High School Invitational at the National Training Complex in Cary.
Play will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, when Lexington, S.C., plays Florida Christian. The tournament field includes Baseball America No. 1-ranked San Diego Cathedral Catholic; No. 3 Woodlands, Texas; No. 5 Venice, Fla.; No. 10 Jenks, Okla.; and No. 11 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei.
The event also includes teams from Tennessee, Utah, Georgia, and Arizona.
Games will continue through Saturday with the title game at noon. Asheville Roberson is representing North Carolina in the event.