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BREAKING THURS. NIGHT: TBS boys advance to state final; Western girls pull upset in overtime


Three other local girls teams – from Clover Garden, Southern, and Williams – fall in 2nd round of playoff games Thursday night

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

The boys’ basketball team from The Burlington School is heading back to the championship game of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, seeking a third consecutive Class 2-A title.

The Spartans grinded out a 53-49 victory against visiting Gaston Day School in Thursday night’s semifinals.

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“One more, baby,” TBS wing Josh Randolph yelled after the final buzzer.

Josh Randolph

Top-seeded TBS (22-15) meets Greenfield School (29-10), which eliminated Wayne Country Day School 74-61 in the other semifinal, at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Forsyth Country Day School.

TBS produced a 68-64 road victory at Greenfield School last month on January 16 in Wilson.

Gaston Day School finished 18-10.


NCHSAA girls

Western Alamance was the only one of four girls’ teams from Alamance County to win in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state playoffs in the East Region on Thursday night.

At Pittsboro, the Warriors avenged three losses to defending state champion Northwood by winning 61-55 in overtime in Class 3-A.

Next, No. 12 seed Western (21-8) will head to fourth-seeded Cape Fear (23-4), a 75-49 winner against Southern Wayne, for Saturday’s third-round game.

Western and fifth-seeded Northwood are both members of the Central Carolina 3-A Conference. The Chargers won last Friday against the Warriors in the conference tournament championship game. Northwood finished with a 23-5 record.

Also in Class 3-A, third-seeded South Central took down 14th-seeded Williams 80-48.

The Lady Bulldogs concluded a 20-7 season.

South Central (21-5) led 24-6 after one quarter and scored the first six points of the second quarter.

In Class 1-A at Henderson, Vance Charter edged Clover Garden 47-40.

The No. 11 seed Grizzlies finished the season with a 22-9 record.

Sixth-seeded Vance Charter is 18-5.

In Class 4-A, third-seeded Panther Creek wiped out 14th-seeded Southern Alamance 80-44.

The Patriots finished with a 20-9 record.

Panther Creek (25-4) reached the 80-point mark for the seventh time this season.

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