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Prep basketball: Kinston blasts East Lincoln in 2A boys final

2A Boys: Kinston 60, East Lincoln 43

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Brandon Ingram had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Kinston past East Lincoln 60-43 in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletics Association men’s championship game Saturday.

Ingram was the game’s most valuable player and was 10 for 22 while helping the Vikings (26-4) win their fourth state championship.

Darnell Dunn added 12 points for Kinston, which shot 42 percent and held the Mustangs to 30 percent shooting to earn its 11th state championship.

Sage Surratt had 25 points on 10-of-20 shooting and Chazz Surratt added 10 points and 12 rebounds for East Lincoln (24-1). The Mustangs were playing for their first state title and were trying for the rare double of finishing undefeated both in men’s basketball and football.

Kinston held a 43-33 advantage on the boards and overcame 20 turnovers by forcing 17 and turning them into 22 points.

2A Girls: Wilkes Central 44, Kinston 41

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Laken Blackburn had 15 points and nine rebounds to help Wilkes Central beat Kinston 44-41 in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association women’s championship game Saturday.

Blackburn was the game’s most valuable player for the Lady Eagles (26-4), who led by 14 in the second quarter and by nine early in the fourth before holding off a late rally by the Vikings (19-11).

Lydia Rivers had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Kinston, which twice closed to within a point late — the last time coming on Rivers’ layup with 47 seconds left.

Then, after a turnover, Kinston got the ball back with a chance to take the lead, but Rivers committed a turnover with 10 seconds left. Kamre Gibbs hit two free throws with 6 seconds left to help seal the win.

It was Wilkes Central’s first title.

1A Boys: East Carteret 67, Winston-Salem Prep 64

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Ty Simmons scored 23 points and East Carteret beat Winston-Salem Prep 67-64 on Saturday in the Class 1-A North Carolina High School Athletics Association men’s championship game.

Jacque Brown added 17 points and Sam Johnson had 10 for the Mariners (28-2) in a rematch of last year’s title game.

Brown was the game’s most valuable player after giving East Carteret the lead for good with a free throw with 2:38 left. He made three more free throws in the final 1:08.

Daivien Williamson pulled Winston-Salem Prep within 63-61 with a layup with 15 seconds left but Sam Johnson put East Carteret back up by four with two free throws with 13 seconds to go. After Williamson’s turnover, Simmons made it 67-61 with a layup with 12 seconds remaining.

Josh Gould then hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left.

Kwa’tre Hollingsworth had 25 points to lead Winston-Salem Prep (20-8).

1A girls: Winston-Salem Prep 58, Willamston Riverside 31

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Chrisalyn Boston had 14 points and 11 rebounds to help Winston-Salem Prep beat Williamston Riverside 58-31 in the Class 1-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association women’s championship Saturday.

Dominique Claytor had 10 points and eight rebounds as the game’s most valuable player for the Phoenix (24-3) in their first finals appearance.

Winston-Salem Prep locked down defensively, allowing eight or fewer points in each of the first three quarters and holding Riverside (23-6) to 26 percent shooting for the game.

Kayla Jones had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Knights, who lost on a halfcourt shot the buzzer in last year’s championship game.

Winston-Salem Prep finished with a 45-35 rebounding advantage, scoring 16 second-chance points to go with 15 points off 15 turnovers from Riverside.

Mychala Wolfe and Kayla Robinson each added 13 points, with Robinson also pulling down 10 rebounds.

4A Boys: Garner Magnet 70, Charlotte Ardrey Kell 64

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Julius Barnes scored 26 points and Garner Magnet beat Charlotte Ardrey Kell 70-64 in the Class 4-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men’s championship game Saturday night.

Barnes was chosen as the game’s most valuable player after hitting five 3-pointers and leading Garner Magnet (28-1) to its first state title in its first title-game appearance since 1936.

Elon signee Steven Santa-Ana had 44 points on 13-of-26 shooting and also hit five 3-pointers for Ardrey Kell (28-2). His layup with 1:30 to play pulled the Knights to 62-58.

Thomas Allen and Barnes each followed with two free throws and Ardrey Kell never got closer than five the rest of the way.

Allen added 16 points and Nick Kuhns had 13 for Garner Magnet.

Garner Magnet shot 50 percent and hit eight 3s.

4A Girls: Myers Park 52, SE Raleigh 47

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Rydeiah Rogers scored 15 points and Myers Park beat Southeast Raleigh 52-47 in the Class 4-A North Carolina High School Athletics Association women’s championship game Saturday.

Rogers was chosen as the game’s most valuable player for the second straight year after Myers Park (29-1) claimed its second consecutive state title. The Mustangs also beat Southeast Raleigh (26-4) in the 2014 championship game.

Aliyah Mazyck added 12 points for Myers Park, which shot 40 percent and outscored the Bulldogs 30-14 in the paint.

Amber Richardson had 21 points and Jade Phillips added 12 points with 11 rebounds for Southeast Raleigh (26-4), which never led in the fourth quarter but twice in the final minute pulled within four.

Myers Park made 4 of 5 free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.

3A Boys: Fayetteville Sanford 67, Gastonia Ashbrook 60

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Mark Gilbert scored 31 points and Fayetteville Sanford beat Gastonia Ashbrook 67-60 in the Class 3-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men’s championship game Saturday night.

Gilbert was selected as the game’s most valuable player after hitting 9 of 18 shots and 12 of 16 free throws while helping the Bulldogs (27-3) win their first state title with the Sanford name. The school won state titles in 1965 and ’66 as Fayetteville High.

Isaiah Stallings added 12 points for Sanford while Joseph Riddle converted a key three-point play with 1:02 left after Ashbrook had made it a one-point game.

Isaiah Whaley and Z’Andre Givens each scored 14 points while Malik Gingles added 13 for Ashbrook (23-4), which made its second title-game appearance and first since 1977. Austin Mitchell finished with 10 points for the Green Wave.

3A Girls: Hickory 71, Chapel Hill 53

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Danasia Witherspoon scored 20 points to lead Hickory past Chapel Hill 71-53 in the Class 3-A North Carolina High School Athletics Association girls championship game Saturday.

Witherspoon was selected as the game’s most valuable player after making 9 of her 12 shots and leading Hickory (27-0) to its fourth state title and first since 1999.

Yaz Hannah added 19 points, Ansley Rooks had 12 points and Sadasia Tipps finished with 20 rebounds for Hickory, which trailed 19-15 after one quarter before outscoring Chapel Hill 21-12 in the second.

Raziyah Farrington had 19 points and Autumn West finished with 10 for Chapel Hill (24-3), which had 23 turnovers that the Red Tornadoes turned into 33 points.

Chapel Hill was denied its second straight title and had reached the championship game for the third straight year.



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