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Fri. playoff action: Western girls rack up big points to advance; Southeast boys spring upset

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

With the offense cranked up, the Western Alamance girls’ basketball team put itself in a good position in the second half of Friday night’s 92-77 victory against Fayetteville Smith in the second round of the Class 3-A state playoffs.

“We usually get our shots up,” Xiomara Moser said.

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Indeed, the Warriors put on an offensive show at times after overcoming a 10-point deficit.

“They are as fast a team in girls’ high school basketball that you’ll find, and we play fast,” Western coach Sean Quinn said in describing the challenge from the Golden Bulls.

So at times it was off to the races between these teams.

Allie Sykes scored 30 points to lead the fourth-seeded Warriors (22-6), who stay home to meet fifth-seeded Franklinton (25-1), a 61-37 winner against Rocky Mount on Friday, in Tuesday night’s East Region third round.

The Warriors wobbled a little early, but Sykes had 13 points in the first quarter. That included a personal 7-0 run.

“Allie Sykes was inspiring in that first half,” Quinn said. “She put the whole team on her back for a while.”

Others joined in. Tina Bowers poured in 18 points, Bri Pulliam had a productive first half and ended with 15 points, and Moser had all 11 of her points in the second half.  Cayden White also had 11 points, including perhaps the most memorable shot of the night.

White made a banked-in 3-point heave from well beyond the top of the key at the first-half buzzer. That gave the Warriors a 10-0 spurt to end the half and a 46-43 edge, and they led the rest of the way.

“Once we tuned out the crowd, it made us play better,” Moser said.

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Western Alamance won another game in the Class 3-A state playoffs for girls’ basketball.

The near-capacity turnout, though, gave the Warriors emotional lifts as the scoreboard kept clicking higher. Western’s lead grew to 55-45 less than two minutes into the second half on Bowers’ three-point play. In the fourth quarter, Kiya Shavers drilled a 3-pointer and the gap ballooned to 80-64.

“That’s just kids making plays,” Quinn said. “We had to continue to attack and attack. They were connected and played great together.”

No. 13 seed Fayetteville Smith fell to 20-8. Western will play in the third round for the second year in a row.

  • Cape Fear 80, Eastern Alamance 64: At Fayetteville, the visiting Eagles came up short in the Class 3-A second round. It was Eastern’s first loss to a team other than Western Alamance since late December.

The 15th-seeded Eagles finished with a 19-10 record. Second-seeded Cape Fear is 26-1.

 

Class 2-A girls

At Bethel, Southeast Alamance’s season ended with an 86-62 loss to top-seeded North Pitt (25-3), which won its 18th game in a row. The No. 16 seed Stallions (20-8) trailed 22-8 after the first quarter.

 

Class 2-A boys

At Creedmoor, Southeast Alamance pulled off its second road victory in as many games in the state playoffs, toppling fifth-seeded South Granville 78-68.

The No. 21 seed Stallions, who held a narrow lead early in the third quarter, tapped several sources of offense. Jerry Sims was clutch again, while Drew Easter made a couple of first-half 3s and Brandon McAdoo heated up from the perimeter as well to go with Davian Edwards’ play-making.

Next for Southeast (18-11) is its third meeting of the season with fourth-seeded Northwood (26-3), a 77-35 second-round winner against North Johnston, on Tuesday night in the East Region third round. Northwood topped the Stallions twice in Mid-Carolina Conference games.

South Granville fell to 22-7.

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