Pinecrest Girls Basketball
Pinecrest girls basketball team won the conference championship Friday night. To get to that game, they had to win two other games last week. On Monday, they opened the conference tournament with a win at home against Hoke County, 55-21. On Wednesday, the Lady Patriots defeated Scotland County at home, 54-33, putting them in the conference championship at Richmond Senior. Friday night was a hard-fought game against Richmond, but the Lady Patriots pulled away for a 39-36 win.
The Lady Patriots will play in the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs as the 14th seed against 19th seed New Hanover.
Pinecrest Boys Basketball
The Patriots ended the conference tournament as runners-up. On Tuesday, the Patriots hosted Lee County and won, 83-31. Thursday, they hosted Hoke County and won, 69-65. Friday, the Patriots took the court in the conference championship at Richmond County. The Richmond Raiders dominated as they did all season defeating the Patriots, 50-69.
The Patriots will compete in the State 4A playoffs as 13th seed taking on 20 seed Enloe.
The Patriots finished an outstanding season with Dual State championship semifinalists, regional champions, a 24-1 record, and a third-place individual finish in the state tournament.
Out of eight state qualifiers, five placed in the state championship.
Jayden Dobeck won an individual title in his weight class, Matt Rowland finished second, Will Brock finished third, Robert Hyder and Chase Godwin finished fourth.
North Moore Boys Basketball
The Mustangs had one win in the conference tournament Monday night at Seaforth, 42-40. Thursday, the Mustangs couldn’t hang on to Chatham Central losing 62-43. The Mustangs end their season with a 6-13 record.
North Moore Girls Basketball
The Lady Mustangs ended their season last Monday with a loss in the conference tournament to Chatham Central, 34-54. The Lady Mustangs finished their season 3-15 overall.
Last week, the girls swim team finished second in the state tournament. The boys finished fourth in the state tournament.
O’Neal Boys Basketball
Tuesday, the boys basketball team opened the first round of the NCISAA 2A state tournament with a 68-24 win against Thales Academy.
The Falcons will play in the second round against the No. 2 ranked Gaston Day School.
O’Neal Girls Basketball
The girls basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the state tournament. They advanced to the semifinals after winning three games last week; defeating Thales Academy, 77-16, Northside Christian, 64-46, and Thomas More Academy, 72-19.
The Lady Falcons will travel to Wayne County Day School Tuesday for the semifinal round.
Union Pines Wrestling
The Vikings finished in the Top 10 of the 3A state tournament. Aiden McCafferty won a state title in the 170 pounds class. He is the fifth Viking to ever win a state title.
Union Pines Boys Basketball
Tuesday, the Vikings won the first round of the conference tournament against Scotland County, 29-28. The Vikings wouldn’t move past the second round losing to who would be champions Richmond County, 70-55.
The Vikings will play in the 3A state tournament as a 10 seed. They will host 23rd seed E.E. Smith.
Union Pines Girls Basketball
The Lady Vikings defeated Lee County in the first round of the conference tournament Monday night, 60-20. Richmond defeated the Lady Vikings, 72-54, on Wednesday, ending their conference tournament run.
In order for the Lady Viking to enter the 3A state playoffs, they had to play a tiebreaker game at Scotland County Thursday night. The Lady Vikings will move on making them the sixth team out of three high schools in Moore County to compete in their state tournaments. They Defeated the Lady Scotts, 54-36.
The Flyers will compete in the district tournament after an overtime win against Central Carolina, 110-103.
They were defeated by Combine Academy on Tuesday, 97-83. Thursday, the Flyers defeated Dabney S. Lancaster, 104-101. On Saturday, the flyer won the conference championship Saturday against Central Carolina CC, 110-103, in OT.
Feature photo: Pinecrest girls basketball team. Photo credit: Lady Patriots basketball team.
~Article by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Curtis Self.