It wasn’t normal for young men to wear earrings in both ears 32 years ago when Sherry Norris won her first state basketball title, but it seems like that’s all you see nowadays. Young ladies weren’t handling the basketball the way Harding University High School’s point guard dribbled it Saturday at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum, either.
That day, when he read the classified ads, he felt compelled to phone. At the other end was an elderly woman and he asked, “Ma’am are you sure?” It was a 1979 model Chevrolet and she said her husband had bought the truck, new.
Two days in a row, the opposing head coach commented about the physical nature of their game against Duke in the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Seth Curry chose to inflict pain paper cut after paper cut, making his first seven shots on the way to single-handedly outscoring the Tar Heels through the first 14:50 of Saturday night’s game at UNC.
The shot is in the air, and the fans are hushed with hope. Everyone saw the catch, jump, release and the ball slide through the nylon net.
The season is over; now the next season begins.
That’s the message both North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell and Duke’s Joanne P. McCallie had for their teams after the Blue Devils’ 65-58 victory Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium, their sixth straight in the rivalry.
One thing is for sure: The game was far from a work of art.
The work of the day was done, and she watched from behind the white and blue curtains as he walked to the house.
Statistically speaking, it could be said that point guards Marcus Paige of North Carolina and Lorenzo Brown of N.C. State played to a stalemate Saturday at the Smith Center. But a fair assessment would be that Paige, UNC's freshman playmaker, won the battle with big plays in the second half that helped resurrect the Tar Heels for a 76-65 victory.
She was once blonde and young, and her skin was warm and with life. Now she is old, shuffles to walk, takes long naps, and her skin is thin, white and cold.
Four Duke starters finished with four fouls, including seniors Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry. But the Blue Devils made all but one of their 14 free throws in the second half, including 12 in a row over the final 3:16 of the game, to put away rival North Carolina 73-68 for the sixth time in the past eight meetings.
Sometimes you watch. It is late in the day and the moon is early, curtseying in the sky.
Sooner or later, N.C. State will end Duke’s streak against the Wolfpack at Cameron Indoor Stadium. It was obvious early that Thursday night’s game wasn’t going to be the one, with the Blue Devils recording a 98-85 win. Not that they didn’t make it interesting by shooting 65.5 percent from the floor in the second half.
He has a splinter in the index finger of his right hand, and he looks to the eyes of his father.
Former Duke star Gene Banks, the 1978 ACC rookie of the year who played in the NBA, is a scout for the Washington Wizards. Banks was in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium to put his eyes on a kid from Morgan State, but he left liking what he saw out of three of NCCU coach LeVelle Moton’s guys.
Win No. 900 for North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell will have to wait until the Tar Heels’ trip to Boston College on Thursday or perhaps Georgia Tech this coming Sunday.
Or if they play the way they did in the first half of their 84-63 loss to No. 5 Duke on Sunday at Carmichael Arena, it could take a while longer.