N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball championships
At the Smith Center
Noon: 2A girls: Kinston (19-10) vs. Wilkes Central (25-4): Kinston entered the playoffs as a No. 7 seed but knocked off previously unbeaten North Pitt 63-52 in the regional final. Lydia Rivers, 6-foot-2, and 5-5 Jada Faison each average 10 points. Wilkes Central advanced to the final with a 49-40 win against Bandys in the semifinals. Emory & Henry recruit 5-11 Laken Blackburn averages 12.3 points.
2:30 p.m.: 2A boys: Kinston (25-4) vs. East Lincoln (24-0): Kinston has won three straight titles and has played in the final 21 times. Brandon Ingram, 6-9, is among the most highly recruited players in the country. He averages 21.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.3 blocks. East Lincoln edged Smoky Mountain 52-50 in the semifinals. Chazz Surratt, 6-4 junior point guard, was the most valuable player of the state football championship game. The Mustangs also were unbeaten in football in 2014.
5 p.m.: 4A girls: Southeast Raleigh (26-3) vs. Charlotte Myers Park (28-1): Southeast Raleigh played for the 4A title in 2014, losing to Myers Park 61-46. Amber Richardson, a 5-11 N.C. State recruit who averages 17 points and nine rebounds, was the regional MVP. Syracuse 6-foot recruit Jade Phillips (16 ppg., 10 rpg.) is another veteran of last year’s final.
Myers Park beat undefeated Winston-Salem Reynolds and unbeaten Northwest Guilford in back-to-back games in the regional. Aliyah Mazcyk (14.5 ppg., 4.0 assists) was conference player of the year and has signed with Southern California. Rydeiah Rogers (9.8 ppg., 10.8 rpg.) was the MVP of the 2014 final and has signed with N.C. State.
7:30 p.m.: 4A boys: Garner (27-1) vs. Charlotte Ardrey Kell (28-1): Garner avenged its only loss, defeating Millbrook 84-81 in the Eastern Regional final. Senior 5-8 point guard Julius Barnes has played in more than 100 varsity games, is the team leader and scores 14.2 points per game. The Trojans’ 6-4 Alex Reed was the Eastern Regional MVP. Thomas Allen is the leading scorer (17.4) and 6-6 Jashaun Smith averages 14.0.
Ardrey Kell nipped West Charlotte 52-50 in the Western Regional final. Stephen Santa Ana (15.2 ppg.) was the SoMeck 8 4A Player of the Year. Santa Ana has signed with Elon. Devin Cooper (9.5 ppg) is headed to Radford and 6-5 Josh Freund (9.7 ppg., 8.1 rpg.) signed with Randolph. The Knights have won 27 straight.
At Carmichael Arena
Noon: 1A girls: Riverside (Martin County) vs. Winston-Salem Prep (23-3): Riverside lost to Kernersville McGuinness in the 2014 final 61-58. Kayla Jones averages 20.7 points and 8.8 rebounds. Winston-Salem Prep beat Cherokee 63-34 in the regional final. Mychala Wolfe was the Western Regional MVP.
2:30 p.m.: 1A boys: East Carteret (27-2) vs. Winston-Salem Prep (20-7): East Carteret lost to Winston-Salem Prep 72-71 in the 2014 state final. The Mariners’ 5-9 Jacque Brown has more than 2,000 points and 6-3 Trevor Willis, 5-11 Sam Johnson and 6-1 Ty Simmons have more than 1,000 each. Winston-Salem Prep has won the past three 1A titles – beating Plymouth 61-49 in 2012, Rocky Mount Prep 53-41 in 2013 and East Carteret in 2014. Eight of its top 10 players are underclassmen.
5 p.m.: 3A girls: Chapel Hill (24-2) vs. Hickory (26-0): Chapel Hill defeated Hickory 69-56 in the 2014 final after losing to Charlotte Harding 55-52 in the 2013 championship game. Western Carolina recruit 5-7 Raziyah Farrington was the MVP of last year’s final and in last week’s regional. UNC Asheville recruit 5-4 Jessica Wall (8.5 ppg.), 5-4 Tamia Eatmon (9.0 ppg., 4.8 apg.) and 5-8 Autumn West (9.6 ppg., 6.1 rpg.) show the Tigers’ balance.
Hickory overwhelmed Weddington 56-13 in the regional final. Norfolk State 5-7 recruit Yazman Hannah (20.2 ppg.) was the regional MVP. Sadasia Tipps (7.0 ppg.) has signed with East Tennessee State and 5-10 Danasia Witherspoon (14.8 ppg.) has signed with Wingate.
7:30 p.m.: 3A boys: Fayetteville Sanford (26-3) vs. Gastonia Ashbrook (23-3): Bulldogs coach Bill Boyette won a state 4A title while coaching at Cary. Mark Gilbert averages 17.6 points. Ashbrook nipped Shelby Crest 47-46 in the Western Regional final. Isiah Whaley, a 6-9 junior, averages 18.9 points and 8.9 rebounds for Ashbrook. Tim Stevens