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Area Sports Briefs: Basketball tourney championships decided tonight

From staff reports

High school basketball conference tournament championships will be decided tonight.

2A Central Carolina

In the 6 p.m. girls game at North Davidson, top-seeded Salisbury battles second-seeded Ledford.

Salisbury (22-3) is led  by Bryanna Troutman (16.2 points per game), Anayia Fulson (12.0) and Rachel McCullough (10.7).

Ledford gets a lot of production from dynamic guard Lyrik Thorne, a Catawba signee and a 2,000-point scorer.

Salisbury split the regular-season meetings with the Panthers.

In the boys game, second-seeded Lexington battles top-seeded North Davidson.

3A North Piedmont

Carson’s top-seeded girls (24-1) take on a third-seeded Statesville team that will have the home-court advantage for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

McKenzie Gadson (14.1) and Colbie Perry (11.6) lead the Cougars.

Statesville has explosive players in Tyaysia Sharpe, Aasia McNeill  and Danasia Gray. Statesville is the only team that’s beaten Carson this season. That game was at Statesville.

In the boys game at Statesville, the top-seeded Greyhounds take on No. 2  seed South Iredell.

1A Yadkin Valley

North Rowan’s third-seeded girls battle top-seeded Albemarle, one of the state’s top 1A squads, at 6 p.m. at South Davidson.

Leading the Cavaliers (15-11) are Hannah Wilkerson (16.0) and Natavia Taborn (11.2).

North Rowan has lost twice to Albemarle (25-1).

Armani Baldwin and Zycoria Tillman are exciting players for the Bulldogs.

• North Rowan’s top-seeded boys (23-2) will take on second-seeded South Stanly in the nightcap at South Davidson.

Jacorian Legrand, Justin Gaddy and Jacquez Cooke are major scorers for a South Stanly club that has lost to North twice.

North is led by seniors Brevin Goodlett (19.3) and Dayjuwon Cooke (17.3). Cooke will take the floor with  988 career points.

Another senior, Derrick Page, is a coach on the floor for the Cavaliers, who have won 16 in a row.

3A South Piedmont

A.L. Brown’s second-seeded boys (19-6) face a tall task in tonight’s SPC title game against top-seeded Cox Mill, the tournament host.

The Wonders will be taking on Duke recruit Wendell Moore Jr. and a Cox Mill team that is favored to win another 3A title.

Cox Mill has crunched the young Wonders twice.

Sophomore Amare Haynie (17.4) and freshman  Kheni Briggs (13.8) are the top scorers for the Wonders.

In the 6 p.m. girls game, second-seeded Cox Mill faces No. 4 seed Northwest Cabarrus for the title.

4A Central Piedmont

Host Davie County’s top-seeded boys take on second-seeded R.J. Reynolds in the nightcap.

Owen McCormack has been out a while with an ankle injury, but seniors Troy Griggs, Michael Walton and  Jacob Hendrix have kept Davie (23-1) rolling.

In the girls game at 6 p.m, the top-seeded West Forsyth girls face No. 2 seed Kernersville Glenn.

College action

In Saturday afternoon college  basketball games, Catawba is at Lincoln Memorial, while Winston-Salem State takes on Livingstone at New Trent Gym.

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Catawba’s baseball team plays its first South Atlantic Conference series at home on Friday and Saturday against Wingate.

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