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Western, Southeast, Eastern girls still in state playoffs


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

A little history meant big things for the Southeast Alamance girls’ basketball team.

The Stallions were participating in the school’s first-ever state-playoff competition at home in any sport Tuesday night.

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So along with some second-half drama, Southeast could check another box: A victory.

Southeast’s Clara LaChapelle

“That’s our goal – to keep making history,” sophomore forward Clara LaChapelle said.

The Stallions defeated Herford County 59-47 in the Class 2-A first-round game.

The situation amid a series of “firsts” for the new school wasn’t lost on team members.

“These girls really take pride in that kind of stuff,” coach Amy Sarratt said.

Shaniya Paylor poured in 19 points, Inysia McIver had 16 points, and LaChapelle provided eight of her 15 points in the fourth quarter for the 16th-seeded Stallions (20-7).

LaChapelle said the team embraced the energy connected to state playoffs.

“We were ready for it,” she said. “We were ready to prove to everybody. We have something to prove.”

Despite building a 30-18 halftime lead, it wasn’t easy.

“We told them, ‘You’re going to face adversity at some point in this game,’ ”  said.

Southeast coach Amy Sarratt

No. 17 seed Hertford County (19-9) closed within 38-33 by the end of the third quarter and less than a minute later made it 38-37.

Free throws from LaChapelle got the Stallions rolling again, and Paylor’s jumper and LaChapelle’s drive for a basket restored momentum for Southeast. Yet later it was 51-47 before Ciara Payton’s layup ignited a game-ending 8-0 run.

“We all accomplished it,” Stallions guard Natalie Lopez said. “We pulled together and kept pulling through.”

The Stallions were 15-for-20 on free throws, including 9-for-10 in the fourth quarter.

Southeast goes to top-seeded North Pitt (24-3), which handled South Columbus 66-12 in the first round, for Friday night’s second round. Zamareya Jones, a North Carolina State signee, is North Pitt’s top player.


Class 3-A

Central 3-A Conference regular-season and tournament champion Western Alamance walloped No. 29 seed Lee County 67-20.

For the fourth-seeded Warriors (21-6), that sets up Friday night’s visit from 13th-seeded Fayetteville Smith (20-7), which ran past No. 20 seed Williams by 85-58.

Williams (15-11) was outscored 43-24 in the second half of the road loss.

Eastern Alamance advanced, with the No. 15 seed Eagles stopping No. 18 seed Currituck 62-37. Next for Eastern (19-9), which was the Central 3-A Conference regular-season and tournament runner-up, will be a second-round game at second-seeded Cape Fear (25-1), an 85-51 winner against No. 31 seed South Johnston.

No. 27 seed Southern Alamance lost 73-39 at No. 6 seed Southern Durham. The Patriots (11-15) dropped their final four games.


Class 1-A 

No. 15 seed Triangle Math and Science ousted No. 18 seed Clover Garden 36-33 in a matchup between Central Tar Heel 1-A Conference teams. That reversed an outcome from the conference tournament semifinals.

Clover Garden, which upset Chatham Charter 51-49 in last Friday’s conference tournament final, finished 19-11.

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