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Recaps: High school basketball conference tournament championships

Derrick Wiley jr (24) and Jomaru Brown (11) of Southern Durham celebrate the win. The Southern Durham Spartans and the Northern Durham Knights played in the Big Eight 3A Conference boys basketball tournament championship on Feb. 16, 2018.
Derrick Wiley jr (24) and Jomaru Brown (11) of Southern Durham celebrate the win. The Southern Durham Spartans and the Northern Durham Knights played in the Big Eight 3A Conference boys basketball tournament championship on Feb. 16, 2018. newsobserver.com

Cap-7 4A

Girls: Southeast Raleigh is still undefeated. The Bulldogs will head into the playoffs without a loss after defeating Leesville Road 60-39 on Friday. The Bulldogs got 14 points from Tamia Davis (four 3s) and 12 from both Jada McMillian and Anya Poole. Brittany Staves had 13 for the Pride – which trailed 34-23 at halftime – in the loss, while Nia Young added 12.

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Southeast Raleigh's Maya Johnson (24) reaches to block the shot from Leesville Road's Brittany Staves (14). The Broughton Capitals and Leesville Road Pride, and Southeast Raleigh Bulldogs and Millbrook Wildcats played in the CAP-7 basketball championships in Raleigh, N.C. on February 16, 2018. Steven Worthy newsobserver.com

Boys: Broughton held off 3-seed Millbrook to back up its Cap-7 regular-season title with a tournament win, 60-57. Broughton turned the ball over on an inbounds pass with 6.0 seconds left, giving Millbrook one last shot to send the game into overtime. Jalen Finch had 16 points and Tyler Palmer had 13 in the Capitals’ win. Isaiah Lewis had 11 and Collin Lewis 10 in the Wildcats’ loss.

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Brughton's Tynias Peace (4) prepares to shoot against Millbrook's Collin Lewis (4) during the second half. The Broughton Capitals and Leesville Road Pride, and Southeast Raleigh Bulldogs and Millbrook Wildcats played in the CAP-7 basketball championships in Raleigh, N.C. on February 16, 2018. Steven Worthy newsobserver.com

Northern 4A

Girls: Heritage took an early lead any never looked back as a packed home gym cheered them on to a 76-51 blowout victory over Wakefield – the Huskies’ 13th straight win since a loss in the John Wall Holiday Invitational championship game. Cydney Johnson led the way with a game-high 21 points for the Huskies and Jada Peebles scored 16 for the Wolverines.

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Heritage's Cristiana McLean (33) has the ball knocked away as she drives the lane by Wakefield's Katelyn Buggs (24). The Heritage Huskies and Wakefield Wolverines girls and Heritage Huskies and Knightdale Knights boys played in the NAC6 4A Conference basketball tournament championships on Feb. 16, 2018. Ray Black III newsobserver.com

Boys: Heritage held off Knightdale 65-51 to win the title game. The Huskies got 12 first-half points from Dyson Pender to take a 4-point halftime lead, but Virginia Tech recruit Jarren McAllister (19 points) and East Carolina recruit and NAC-6 Player of the Year Jayden Gardner (16) were the finishers. Knightdale, who dropped a 17-point decision to Heritage in its last meeting, kept the deficit to single digits for the majority of the night as UNC-Pembroke recruit Xavier Fennell (19 points), Mike Armstrong (10) and Messiah Harvin-Cleveland (12) each scored in double-digits.

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Heritage's Tre Waller (10) pulls down a rebound. The Heritage Huskies and Wakefield Wolverines girls and Heritage Huskies and Knightdale Knights boys played in the NAC6 4A Conference basketball tournament championships on Feb. 16, 2018. Ray Black III newsobserver.com

South Wake 4A

Girls: Holly Springs overcame second-half and fourth-quarter deficits to add the South Wake Athletic 4A tournament title to its regular-season crown with a 49-46 win over Apex Friendship. The Patriots led 20-18 at halftime, then lost their edge in the third period, but later bounced back to lead 46-41 with 1:54 to play. Yet Holly Springs (19-5) scored the game’s final eight points to seal the win. Samantha Weaver led the Golden Hawks with 18 points and Kianna Carter added 15. Lierra Revelle scored 12 for Friendship (17-7). Holly Springs beat Apex Friendship by scores of 85-51 and 50-29 in the regular season.

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Holly Springs’ Kiana Carter (4) celebrates the victory. The Holly Springs Hawks and Apex Friendship Patriots girls and the Garner Magnet Trojans and Holly Spring Hawks boys played in the SWAC Conference basketball tournament championships on Feb.16, 2018. Johnny Johnson newsobserver.com

Boys: Five Garner players hit double figures and 10 scored in all to lead the Trojans to a 94-56 win over Holly Springs on the Golden Hawks’ floor. Garner (24-1) won its 20th straight game to complete a sweep of the South Wake Athletic 4A regular season and conference tournament titles. Mekhi Townes scored 17 points off the bench to lead Garner. Demetric Horton added 16, Marque Maultsby 12, Kenyon Burt 12 and Trayvon Ferrell 11. For Holly Springs (12-14), Erik Alvey scored 19, Kadin Shedrick 14 and Demarcus Elliott 11.

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Garner's Kenyon Burt (22) drives past Holly Springs’ Kadin Shedrick (21). The Holly Springs Hawks and Apex Friendship Patriots girls and the Garner Magnet Trojans and Holly Spring Hawks boys played in the SWAC Conference basketball tournament championships on Feb.16, 2018. Johnny Johnson newsobserver.com

Triangle 6 4A

Girls: Green Hope added a Tri-6 tournament trophy to their case with a 63-51 victory over host Riverside. It was a wire-to-wire victory for Green Hope, who set the tone early with their defense and turned up the offense in the second half. Conference Player of the Year Nia Washington finished with 26 points, including 22 in the second half. Green Hope's Sammi Sever chipped in with 20 points. Aijah Perry led Riverside in scoring with 19 points.

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Green Hope's Tori Washington (1) shoots a jump shot in front of Riverside's Ashauntee Nelson (12). The Green Hope Falcons and the Riverside Pirates girls and the Green Hope Falcons and the Panther Creek Catamounts boys played in the Triangle-6 4A Conference basketball tournament championships in Durham on Friday, February 16, 2018. Christine Richman newsobserver.com

Boys: A big third quarter propelled Green Hope to a 68-58 victory and the tournament title over rival Panther Creek. Green Hope outscored the Catamounts 19-9 in the third, building on its 31-27 halftime lead. Ryan Shaffer led Green Hope with 22 points, including 10 in the third quarter. P.J. Fenton (18 points) and Josh Savino (11 points) were also in double figures for the Falcons. Panther Creek's Justin McKoy led all scorers with 28 points.

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Green Hope's PJ Fenton (left) gets a shot off over Panther Creek's Jake Bertollini-Felice (4). The Green Hope Falcons and the Riverside Pirates girls and the Green Hope Falcons and the Panther Creek Catamounts boys played in the Triangle-6 4A Conference basketball tournament championships in Durham on Friday, February 16, 2018. Christine Richman newsobserver.com

Big East 3A (no tournament)

There’s no tournament this year, but Friday’s boys tiebreaker games were for second (Rocky Mount defeated Southern Nash’s boys 52-46 for the 2-seed) and fouth (Fike defeated rival Hunt 73-58 to earn the last playoff spot from the league.

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Northern Nash's Darius Spragley (3) and Northern Nash's Darquez Flowers (30) attempt to block Southern Nash's Darius Edmundson (24) as he attempts shot during the Northern Nash High School boy's basketball game against Southern Nash High School High School in Bailey, N.C. on Monday, January 23, 2017. Carl Copeland newsobserver.com

Big Eight 3A

Girls: Hillside backed up its regular season title with a 43-38 win over Southern Durham. Faith Blackstone had 11 points in the Hornets’ win whie Maleiya Hill had 10. J-Naya Ephraim had 19 and Joneisha McDaniel 11 in the loss.

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Maleiya Hill (22) of Hillside scores with a layup against Taylor Robinson (1) of Southern Durham. The Hillside Hornets and the Southern Durham Spartans played in the Big Eight 3A Conference girls basketball tournament championship on Feb. 16, 2018. Fabian Radulescu newsobserver.com

Boys: After finishing second in the regular season, Southern Durham took down rival Northern Durham 67-64 to claim the tournament crown on Friday. The Spartans were led by Jomaru Brown’s 24 points.

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Jomaru Brown (11) of Southern Durham celebrates after scoring the winning basket for the Spartans. The Southern Durham Spartans and the Northern Durham Knights played in the Big Eight 3A Conference boys basketball tournament championship on Feb. 16, 2018. Fabian Radulescu newsobserver.com

Greater Neuse River 3A

Girls: Clayton avenged two prior losses to East Wake (16-7) this season with a 58-34 victory. Clayton junior Asia Todd poured in 30 points in the game for the Comets (17-5), 18 of those in the first half. Kelis Carmon led East Wake (16-7) with 15 points and eight rebounds. The regular season champion Warriors were plagued by 21 turnovers over the course of the game.

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Clayton's Asia Todd (5) drives between East Wake's Chasity Smith (15) and Kelis Carmon (24) as she attacks the basket. The East Wake Warriors and the Clayton Comets girls and Clayton Comets and the Cleveland Rams played in the Greater Neuse River 3A Conference basketball tournament championships on Friday, February 16, 2018 in Clayton, N.C.. Dean Strickland

Boys: Clayton, fueled by the home crowd inside Jeff Adams Gymnasium, downed Cleveland 64-40. Three Comets (18-6) finished in double figures, headed by MaCaleb Robertson with 18 points, on 4 of 7 shooting from 3. Seniors Donally Tyrell Jr. (16 points) and Devin Carter (11 points) combined for 31 rebounds, 16 and 15 respectively. Dawson Smith led Cleveland (11-16) with nine points to go along with seven rebounds.

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Clayton's Donally Tyrell Jr. (11) breaks away for a dunk in the second quarter. The East Wake Warriors and the Clayton Comets girls and Clayton Comets and the Cleveland Rams played in the Greater Neuse River 3A Conference basketball tournament championships on Friday, February 16, 2018 in Clayton, N.C.. Dean Strickland

Tri-County 6 3A

The Tri-County 6 played its conference finals at Campbell University on Thursday.

Girls: Union Pines downed fellow co-conference champ Harnett Central 50-35 to break a tie for the league’s 1-seed going into the state playoffs. Union Pines, led by 18 points from Hadiya Balser and 15 from Sarah Kelly, led 24-16 at halftime. Harnett Central was led by 16 points from Maliah Banks.

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Union Pines' Sarah Kelly (21) dribbles for a layup. The Union Pines Vikings played against the Harnett Central Trojans in the Tri-County 6 girls basketball conference championship at Campbell University on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Ray Black III newsobserver.com

Boys: Southern Lee backed up its regular season title with a 59-40 win over rival Lee County, the 2-seed. The Cavaliers got three players in double figures in the win: Phillip Martin (19), Nate Thompson (18) and Octavious Flack (10). Lee County’s C.J. Stone (13 points) and Tim Lett (10) led the way in the loss.

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Southern Lee's KaJoen Swinnie (14) puts up a short jumper. The Southern Lee Cavaliers played against the Lee County Yellow Jackets in the Tri-County 6 boys basketball conference championship at Campbell University on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Ray Black III newsobserver.com

Eastern Carolina 2A

Girls: Kinston put down a furious effort by Washington in the final four minutes to secure the Vikings’ undefeated conference season and extend the team’s 25-game winning streak into next week’s N.C. High School Athletic Association Playoffs. The Vikings (25-1) were led by Anzeria Cobb’s 14 points while Centavia Blacklege paced the Pam Pack (14-12) with 22 points.

Boys: Kinston survived a furious comeback from Greene Central, including two missed put-backs with less than 1.7 seconds left, to win 61-60 at Ayden-Grifton High. Donquez Davis tied the game with a three for the Rams (21-6) with less than 20 seconds left, but Taji Moore hit the game-winning free throw for the Vikings (21-4), who were led in scoring by Damian Dunn with 19 points.

Eastern Plains 2A

Girls: Needing a victory to be assured of a playoff berth, fifth-seeded Farmville Central came through with a 63-46 victory over North Johnston in the championship game. The Jaguars (14-9) took the lead for good early in the second period and all but sealed the triumph with a 9-0 surge to begin the final quarter. Despite finishing in fifth place in the six-team league in the regular season, the Jaguars won the tourney title with a trio of decisions by an average of 16 points. Jordan Joyner (18) and Monique Erazo (14) combined for 32 points for Farmville Central, while third-seeded North Johnston (18-6) received 20 points from Georgetown signee Tayanna Jones.

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Farmville Central's Monique Erazo (10) pulls up and shoots over North Johnston's Imoni Hines (34). The North Johnston Panthers and Farmville Central Jaguars girls and Northern Nash Knights and Farmville Central Jaguars boys played in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference basketball tournament championships on Feb. 16, 2018. Carl Copeland newobserver.com

Boys: Host and top-seeded Farmville Central capped off a perfect run in the Eastern Plains Conference by pulling away late to defeat No. 2 Nash Central by a 79-69 margin at the FCHS Gymnasium. The Jaguars (19-3), who have won 14 consecutive games, led by only five points in the fourth period before taking control with a 15-2 spurt. Sophomore Justin Wright poured in 29 points to pace the Jaguars, and freshman teammate Terquavion Smith chipped in with 18 points. Nash Central, which dropped to 15-10 in its first year in the EPC, received 19 points from Ta’Rod Brown, including 12 in the fourth stanza.

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Farmville Central's Dontavious Short (2) drives the baseline as Nash Central's Vinsa Phillips (11) defends. The North Johnston Panthers and Farmville Central Jaguars girls and Northern Nash Knights and Farmville Central Jaguars boys played in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference basketball tournament championships on Feb. 16, 2018. Carl Copeland newobserver.com

Northern Carolina 1A/2A

Girls: Southern Vance claimed the Northern Carolina Conference title in grand fashion. After finishing fifth in the regular season, the Raiders beat South Granville 75-64 to earn an automatic spot in the playoffs. Nashua Branch had 19 of her game-high 36 at the half. Zambia Mangum led the Vikings (19-8) with 25 points. Southern Vance moved to 11-11 on the season.

Boys: Wilton Baskett’s Northern Vance team earned the Northern Carolina Conference trophy with the 70-54 win over South Granville. Malik Glasco led Northern Vance (19-7) with 17 points. James Morton paced South Granville (17-10) with 17 points.

North Central 1A

Girls: Roxboro Community rolled by Vance Charter 75-50 despite 28 points from the Knights’ Nadia Simmons.

Boys: Voyager Academy backed up its NCAC regular-season title with a 95-62 rout of Roxboro Community. The Vikings (23-6) made 13 3-pointers against the Bulldogs (15-11). Voyager’s Michael Boadu (22 points), Jordan Love (14), Blake Buchanan (11) and Tanner Dobson (10) all scored in double-figures. Dylan Jones had 15 points in the Roxboro loss, while Te’Shon Clayton had 12.

Amanda Dixon, Geoff Neville, Tom Shanahan, Ian Pierno, Zach Adams, Ty Johnson and Jeremy Lambert contributed.

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