By Bob Sutton
Special to The Alamance News
Here’s a recap of some last week’s holiday tournament action for area schools:
- Western Alamance’s girls’ team excelled in the second annual Hoggard Holiday Classic, going 3-0. It was an event with predetermined matchups.
The Warriors defeated Topsail 75-64, New Hanover 59-49, and Cox Mill 70-52. Tina Bowers and Allie Sykes were selected to the 15-member all-classic team.
- Also in girls’ basketball in the First Bank Charger Classic at Northwood, Southern Alamance took third place. The Patriots beat Union Pines 43-15, lost to eventual champion Northwood 57-32 and topped Southern Durham 57-56.
Madison Brouillard made game-clinching free throws for the Patriots in their last game. Southern Alamance’s MeiLani Patterson, who scored 20 points in the third-place game, was picked for the all-tournament team.
- Southeast Raleigh won the boys’ version and NC Good Better Best Academy of Durham claimed the girls’ version of Eastern Alamance’s Holiday Hoopla. There were eight teams entered in each division.
On the boys’ side, all-tournament selections included Cole McGinnis of Eastern Alamance, Nate Teague of Southern Alamance, and Brooks Allred of Western Alamance.
Eastern lost 69-50 to Carrboro before recovering to defeat Western 36-32 and then losing to NC Good Better Best Academy by 91-54. Southern was a 73-53 loser to Southeast Raleigh and lost to NC Good Better Best Academy before topping Western 58-43 in the seventh-place game. Western lost to Apex by 53-35 before the rematches with in-county rivals.
On the girls’ side, Makayla Thompson of Eastern Alamance and Dinya Ferrell of Cummings were all-tournament picks. Eastern placed fourth, defeating South Granville 44-25 before losses by 50-36 to Athens Drive and 50-29 to Willow Spring. Cummings lost 63-18 to Willow Spring and 48-36 to Raleigh Wakefield before a 44-27 triumph against South Granville.
- Williams boys were the runners-up in the Eastern Guilford Holiday Tournament in Gibsonville, where there were eight boys’ and seven girls’ teams. Johntez Raspberry, Milton Turner and Jaelen Brown of Williams were all-tournament picks.
Burlington Christian Academy placed third by defeating Eastern Guilford 64-38 with BCA coach Eric Dudley directing a victory against his alma mater. BCA players Jackson McBride and Nate Brown were on the all-tournament team.
On the girls’ side, Williams placed third by trouncing Eastern Guilford 67-27. Briahna Scott, Regan Averett and Jainasia Bailey were all-tournament selections from Williams.
- The Cummings boys’ team won its opener in the second annual Champion Durham Classic before falling twice. This also was an event with predetermined matchups.
The Cavaliers defeated Durham Jordan 78-71, then lost to Wilson Prep by 62-59 and fell to Durham Hillside by 75-58. Johnniyus Sharpe of Cummings was named to the all-invitational team.
See earlier coverage of Williams boys in the Eastern Guilford tournament championship game: https://alamancenews.com/williams-makes-progress-in-eastern-guilford-tourney-but-fall-short-in-championship-game/