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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.