Thursday’s roundup: 6 basketball teams advance in state playoffs, prep football begins, prep soccer, college basketball and baseball results

By Richard Walker

Lincoln Charter advanced to the third round of the state playoffs for the seventh straight season in Thursday’s home win over Chatham Central.

The boys basketball teams from Crest, Lincoln Charter, Mountain Island Charter, North Lincoln and Shelby and the Shelby girls basketball team were victorious in Thursday’s N.C. High School Athletic Association second round of the playoffs.

Each team advanced to Saturday third round playoff matchups.

Here are Thursday’s second-round results:

3A boys
Crest 66, North Iredell 50: Jadin Merritt and Mari Adams had 20 points apiece and Caleb Borders had 10 as Crest (15-1) advanced to the third round of the state playoffs for the 12th time in school history. The Chargers will play at top-seeded West Rowan (14-1) on Saturday.

2A boys
North Lincoln 86, North Davidson 69: Cole Seagle scored 28 points as the Knights (14-2) overcame Jamarien Dalton’s 40-point effort for North Davidson to advance to the third round of the state playoffs for the first time in school history. North Lincoln will host Shelby on Saturday.

Shelby 75, R-S Central 48: Shelby (15-1) avenged its lone regular season loss by rolling past the Hilltoppers (13-2) in the second half. R-S Central had beaten Shelby 84-78 on Feb. 2. Shelby advances to play at North Lincoln on Saturday.

1A boys
Lincoln Charter 80, Chatham Central 48: Troy Fulton (20 points), Marcus Farley (14 points), Elijah Burnett (10 points, 9 assists, 11 rebounds) and Sam Cogan (10 points) led the Eagles (14-2) into the third round of the playoffs for the seventh straight season. Lincoln Charter plays at Mitchell County (10-5) on Saturday.

Mountain Island Charter 60, Hayesville 57: The Raptors (14-2) took the road victory and advances to the second round for the a second straight season. Mountain Island Charter visits Mount Airy (13-3) on Saturday.

3A girls
Hickory 53, Ashbrook 33: Ashbrook’s season ended at 13-2 in the second round playoff loss.

2A girls
Shelby 48, Salisbury 46: Ally Hollifield had 18 points, Kate Hollifield 14 and Maraja Pass 12 as Shelby (16-0) advanced to the third round for the sixth time in school history. Shelby will play at Mountain Heritage (10-2) on Saturday.

2A girls
Shelby (15-0) at Salisbury (14-1): Winner gets Thursday’s West Wilkes (12-0) at Mountain Heritage (9-2) winner. Shelby seeks to advance to third round for sixth time in school history and second straight year.
Ally Hollifield 18, Kate Hollifield 14, Maraja Pass 12

High school football
Berry Academy 31, Ashbrook 13

Burns 28, South Point 27: A failed South Point two-point conversion try in the final minute was the difference in a back-and-forth season-opener.

Chase 56, Cherryville 9

Crest 38, Forestview 13

Lincolnton 27, Newton-Conover 13

North Lincoln 10, West Lincoln 6

Friday’s games
Bessemer City at Pine Lake Prep
East Gaston at Shelby
Mountain Island Charter at East Lincoln
North Gaston at Huss

Saturday’s game
Cramer at Kings Mountain

High school JV football
Shelby 28, East Gaston 0

High school soccer
East Lincoln 2, North Lincoln 0: Luke Felts and Aaron Singletary scored goals, Landon Graden and Blake Swanson each had assists and Will White had the goalkeeping shutout. East Lincoln (8-0-1) will host Bandys on Monday.

Ashbrook 2, North Gaston 1

Kings Mountain 5, Huss 4

Lincoln Charter 5, Cherryville 2

College men’s basketball
Pairings have been set for the 2021 Hercules Tires Big South Conference Championship, with Gardner-Webb taking the No. 6 seed and visiting No. 3 Campbell in Monday’s quarterfinals. Gardner-Webb advanced after No. 11 Charleston Southern (2-15 Big South) had a COVID-19 pause in its program. Here are the pairings:

Saturday’s first Round
#10 Presbyterian (5-12) at #7 Hampton (9-9), 2 p.m.
#9 USC Upstate (5-11) at #8 High Point (6-11), 4 p.m.

Monday’s quarterfinals
#8/9 winner at #1 Winthrop (17-1), 6 p.m.
#5 Longwood (10-10) at #4 UNC Asheville (9-5), 7 p.m.
#7/10 winner at #2 Radford (12-6), 6 p.m.
#6 Gardner-Webb (10-10) at #3 Campbell (11-6), 7 p.m.

March 4 semifinals
Semifinal Game 1 – 6 p.m. (higher seeded host team)
Semifinal Game 2 – 7 p.m.

March 7 championship
at highest remaining seed, Noon (ESPN)

College women’s basketball
Gardner-Webb 73, UNC-Asheville 53: Visiting Gardner-Webb (9-12, 9-7) trailed UNC-Asheville (10-11, 9-7) by 10 points in the first period but rallied to win the Big South Conference game. Jhessyka Williams’ 20 points led the Bulldogs to the victory.

Belmont Abbey 69, Converse 63: Brittany Autry scored 18 points and the Crusaders clinched the top seed for the upcoming Conference Carolinas tournament. The Abbey finished the regular season 19-2 overall and 15-1 in league competition.


College baseball
Belmont Abbey 3-6, Barton 1-9: Mason Dodd’s two-run home run in the first, Sean Johnson’s seventh-inning home run and Jason White’s pitching powered the Abbey to the win in the opener and Adam Overcash had three hits, including a three-run home run, in a losing effort in the nightcap. The Crusaders (6-1, 5-1) play another Conference Carolinas doubleheader at Barton on Friday at 11 a.m.