Winston-Salem Prep tops East Carteret
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Kwa'tre Hollingsworth scored with 3 seconds left to help Winston-Salem Prep beat East Carteret 72-71 in the Class 1-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's championship game.
Mike Hughes scored 17 points on Saturday to lead the Phoenix (26-4), who won their third straight state championship. Hughes was named the game's most valuable player for the third straight season. Winston-Salem Prep shot 50 percent for the game, including 8-for-20 from 3-point range. Trevor Willis scored 24 points to lead the Mariners (31-1), while Sam Johnson added 20 points. East Carteret trailed by five late before Willis knocked down a 3-pointer at the 2:02 mark, then Johnson hit one on the ensuing possession to put the Mariners up 66-65. Johnson hit another big 3 with 22 seconds left to give East Carteret a 71-70 lead before Hollingsworth answered with the winning basket.
McGuinness beats Riverside 61-58 for 1-A title
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Alex Putman hit a shot from near halfcourt just before the buzzer to lift Kernersville Bishop McGuinness past Williamston Riverside 61-58 in the Class 1-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association women's championship game.
Putman's shot was her only basket of Saturday's game, helping McGuinness (29-4) win a record ninth straight state championship. Julia Brown was named the game's most valuable player, scoring 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting. The Lady Villains led by 13 points in the second quarter before needing Putman's late heave to win it. Tia Cappuccio added 11 points for McGuinness, which shot 41 percent and went just 3-for-20 from 3-point range. Kayla Jones had 31 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals for the Knights (29-1), who shot 33 percent. Riverside scored 20 points off turnovers.
Andrews beats Bandys 57-51 for 2-A women's title
RALEIGH, N.C. - Imani Watkins scored 27 points to help High Point Andrews beat Catawba Bandys 57-51 in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association women's championship game.
Watkins was named the most valuable player of Saturday's game for Andrews (25-5), which shot just 32 percent but rallied from 13 points down to win the title in the school's first finals appearance. Brie Grier added 10 points for the Red Raiders. Sara Goble had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Trojans (31-1), who shot 40 percent but committed 19 turnovers that Andrews converted into 18 points. Bandys led 44-37 entering the final quarter. Andrews then pushed ahead, outscoring the Trojans 20-7. Bandys was in its first state final since 1994.