ICARD — The Patton JV girls basketball team pulled ahead 20-10 by halftime Friday at East Burke and never looked back, sweeping the season series in a battle for first place in the Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference, 33-25.

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A ninth consecutive victory sealed at least a share of a first-ever title in girls hoops for Patton (11-5, 8-1), who didn’t field a JV team a season ago. The Panthers can win the title outright and deny EB (11-4, 7-2) in its bid for a seventh straight league crown with a win at Draughn this week to close the season.

Coming off back-to-back 30-point wins and three straight by over 20, Patton was led in a much closer contest Friday by Kelsey Powell (18 points) and Haven Duckworth (10). Ambria Blalock led a condensed JV Lady Cavalier squad with 12 points. EB was shorthanded on varsity and forced to pull two players up.


Freedom 32, Alexander Central 29

The JV Lady Patriots (9-3, 5-1 Northwestern 3A/4A Conf.) stormed back from a 23-9 halftime deficit Friday in Taylorsville, scoring 19 unanswered points as they held the Cougars scoreless for 11:09 to earn the triumph. Freedom, who can claim the league title outright with a pair of wins this week, was led by Atera Melvin’s 10 points, all after halftime including a 6-of-6 performance at the foul line. Sarah Armentrout and Kaylee Ollis added seven apiece.


Draughn 50, Bunker Hill 36

The JV Lady Wildcats (4-8, 3-5 NWFAC) built a seven-point lead by halftime and put away the hosts for good with a 15-9 fourth quarter Friday in Claremont. Katie Cozort led the visitors with 20 points and Regan Winkler added 12.



EB 63, Patton 33

After clinching on Tuesday, the NWFAC three-peat champion JV Cavaliers (14-4, 12-0) extended their win streak to 12 games at home Friday, running away from the Panthers (5-16, 5-7) 32-10 in the middle two periods after trailing 17-15. Carter Crump scored 18 and Ian Cox 17 for EB, while Jackson Connelly’s 15 paced Patton.


Alexander Central 53, Freedom 49

The JV Patriots (15-2, 8-2 NWC) fell on the road for the second time this year but maintain a one-game lead with one week to go as they seek a fourth straight league title. Freedom rallied from 14 down entering the fourth period to trail by one but couldn’t quite crest the hill. Brayden Vess scored a team-high 15 points on five 3-pointers and Drew Costello added 13 (eight in fourth).


Draughn 53, Bunker Hill 42

An 18-8 third quarter all but put a victory on ice for the JV Wildcats (11-7, 8-4 NWFAC) late Friday in Claremont. Elijah Pritchard and Luke Rector paced the road team with 15 points apiece, and Matt Reep (11) joined them in double figures.


The News Herald sports department can be reached at sports@morganton.com.

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