The N.C. High School Athletic Association jumpstarted its boys’ and girls’ basketball championships on Saturday after a week of weather-related delays.
“It was great to be back in the gym,” said Athens Drive coach girls’ coach Dayna Jordan after a 72-27 victory over Green Hope.
The NCHSAA playoffs continue Monday night with second-round games. The second-round winners will play on Tuesday night.
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Monday’s second round
South View at Garner: Garner, the top 4A East seed, raced past Wilmington Ashley 97-57.
South View topped New Hanover, 54-52, on Friday night.
Northern Durham at Broughton: Broughton, seeded No. 8, toppled Southern Alamance 67-38. Jerome Robinson led the Caps with 18 points. Jalen Burnett led the Patriots with 17.
Northern Durham rallied in the second half to top Heritage 66-60.
D.H. Conley at Seventy-First: Conley topped Panther Creek 64-62 despite 22 points by Juan Munoz. Conley led by 10 at half but Panther Creek (13-12) tied the game with six minutes to play.
The Catamounts missed two shots in the final eight seconds. A.J. Morris had 13 points while Justin Smalls had 10.
Fayetteville Seventy-First, the No. 3 seed in the 4A East, held Clayton in the third period of a 75-51 victory.
Jack Britt at East Chapel Hill: Britt, the No. 28 seed, upset Durham Jordan 49-48 in overtime.
E.E. Smith at South Central: E.E. Smith held off Lumberton 56-63 while South Central eliminated Middle Creek 71-48.
Cary at Hoggard: Cary’s Cory Gensler scored 21 points and Donte Tatum added 20 to lead the Imps to a 69-52 victory over Durham Riverside. The ninth-seeded Imps (18-6) went on runs of 10-1 and 8-2 in the fourth quarter to break open a game that was tied at 26 at halftime. Markeise Crutchfield led No. 22 seed Riverside (17-8) with 15 points.
Knightdale at Apex: Knightdale (18-5) got 16 points from Daquan Lilly in the victory over Southern Pines Pinecrest. Apex beat New Bern 74-65.
East Wake/ Leesville Road winner at Millbrook: Millbrook, the No. 2 seed in the 4A East, scored 31 points in the first quarter of an 83-39 victory over Green and the outcome was never in doubt. Andrew Evans (20 points), Chris Clemons (18) and Robert Brown (16) led the Wildcats.
▪ Chapel Hill was eliminated by Jacksonville 67-55 and Cardinal Gibbons advanced past Southern Nash 78-52 in 3A play. Cedar Ridge’s game at Eastern Wayne was moved to Sunday.
▪ Triton topped Southern Durham 72-65 in 3A.
▪ Cedar Ridge plays at Eastern Wayne and South Johnston is at Orange in 3A boys’ games on Sunday.
▪ Voyager Academy beat Columbia 81-31 in 1A play on Saturday.
Monday’s second round
Broughton at Millbrook: Millbrook, the top seed, smashed Overhills 58-18. The Wildcats got off to a slow start, leading 8-7 after the first period, but pulled away. Kai Crutchfield scored 14 points and Dazie Powell had 10.
Broughton used an inside-outside attack to topple Apex, 67-50. Senior N.C. State commit Kaila Ealey penetrated the Apex defense with ease, finishing with a game-high 30 points before leaving the game with 5 minutes remaining with a twisted ankle.
If the Cougars’ defense collapsed to try to stop Ealey, Broughton junior Katie Wadsworth was waiting behind the arc. Wadsworth scored 20 points for the Caps, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range. The duo combined for all but three of Broughton’s first-half points. Mia Castagnero led Apex with 12 points, while Meredith Chapman added 9.
Leesville Road at D.H. Conley: Leesville Road, the No. 25 seed, upset No. 8-seed Scotland, 62-48.
Conley scored only two points in the second quarter, but pulled away from Wakefield. The Wolverines’ Samidria Rodgers had 18 points while teammate Tinasha Horton had 11.
Southeast Guilford at Wilmington Hoggard: Southeast Guilford beat Fayetteville Smith 58-54 while Hoggard eliminated Middle Creek 54-40.
Jack Britt at South View: South View beat East Chapel Hill 63-49 and Fayetteville Britt topped Durham Jordan 32-28.
Knightdale at Riverside: Zaria Rogers (19 points, 8 rebounds) and Mone’ Jones (18 points, 7 rebounds) led Riverside to its 75-55 win over South Central.
Knightdale beat Lumberton 66-49.
New Hanover at Athens Drive: Southwest Wake 4A Conference champion Athens Drive had a surprisingly easy time with Green Hope, 72-27. Green Hope trailed 18-4 after the first quarter. Athens (20-5) was led by Grace Hunter (29 points) and Brinae Thornton (18).
Hillside vs. Greensboro Dudley or Wilmington Laney: Hillside pounded Pinecret 66-25.
East Wake or Holly Springs at Southeast Raleigh: Southeast Raleigh dashed past New Bern 87-44 and awaits the winner on Sunday’s game between East Wake and Holly Springs.