Northwood Boys Fall In 3A Final

Weddington of Matthews topped North­wood of Pittsboro 56-47 for the boys 3A high school basketball championship at Providence Grove HS. Second-seeded Weddington completed an undefeated season (18-0). North­wood, the 13 seed, finished 14-4. Weddington led 26-23 at halftime.

For the Chargers, Drake Powell had 15 points and 6 rebounds, Jarin Stevenson 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, Frederico Whit­a­ker 12 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds.

Earlier, the Chargers knocked off #4 Rocky Mount 53-46, #5 DH Conley 59-40, #1Terry Sanford 43-41 and #6 West Carteret 72-69. Stevenson netted 28, Powell 16, Whit­aker 13 against West Carteret in the semis.

Northern Guilford bounced East Chapel Hill 77-44 in the opening round of the playoffs.

Northwood finished third (8-3) in Big Eight regular season. East Chapel Hill (7-2) was first, Southern Durham (6-2) second. Chapel Hill was 6-3, Vance 1-1, Cedar Ridge 3-4, North­ern Durham 1-9, Orange 0-8.

GIRLS 3A

Lady Chargers of Northwood, the #5 seed, fell to unbeaten Asheboro 54-44 in the 3A East Final in Pittsboro. It was their first and only loss. Northwood trailed 28-25 at halftime but scored only 5 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth. Te’Keyah Bland led Northwood with 13 points, with Rae Mc­Clarty and Myla Marve each adding ten. Ear­lier, Northwood defeated E.E. Smith 58-51 in the first round of playoffs followed by beating #4 Terry Sanford 46-43, #16 Person 49-37.

Asheboro, the seventh seed, eliminated Chapel Hill 65-48 in the first round of playoffs.

Northwood went 11-0 in Big East 3A regular season. Chapel Hill was next at 3-2, East Chapel Hill 1-2, Southern Durham 1-3, Orange 1-4, Cedar Ridge 0-1, Vance 0-1, Northern Dur­ham 0-4.