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BREAKING OVERNIGHT: Seasons end for Western girls, Elon men


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Western Alamance’s deepest playoff run in girls’ basketball in 24 years ended with Friday night’s 52-44 loss at South Central in the Class 3-A East Region semifinals.

Fourth-seeded Western finished the season with a 23-7 record. Top-seeded South Central (28-2) meets third-seeded Fayetteville Sanford (25-5) on Tuesday in Winston-Salem in the regional final.

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Of Western’s seven losses, the Warriors scored less than 50 points in four of those games. On another, they were under the 50-point mark in regulation of an overtime setback.

South Central avenged a 55-48 defeat from mid-January. In that matchup, Western trailed by one point entering the fourth quarter.

Elon men out of CAA

It was a short stay for Elon’s men’s team in the Coastal Athletic Conference Tournament.

The 11th-seeded Phoenix lost 56-55 to last-place Hampton in Friday’s first round at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington.

Kyrese Muller hit the game-winning shot with 6.3 seconds left after Elon had rallied from a double-digit deficit down the stretch. The Phoenix had the game’s final shot, but Isaac Harrell was off the mark on a 3-point attempt.

T.K. Simpkins scored 18 points, Sam Sherry had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Harrell provided a season-high 10 rebounds for Elon (13-19). Hampton (9-23) won a CAA Tournament game for the first time.

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