State basketball championship roundup
2-A BOYS: Kinston 56, Cuthbertson 53
CHAPEL HILL — Denzel Keves had 18 points and 10 rebounds to take Kinston to a 56-53 victory over Cuthbertson on Saturday to capture the Class 2-A N.C. High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball championship.
Josh Brandon had 12 points, seven rebounds and five rebounds for Kinston (28-2), and Brandon Ingram added 12 points and three blocked shots.
Shelton Mitchell had 22 points on 9-of-22 shooting to lead Cuthbertson. Isiah Cureton had nine points and Justin Austin had eight points and seven rebounds in the loss.
Kinston trailed by three entering the fourth quarter but went on a crucial 9-2 run to take control. Dawson put Kinston ahead for good at 43-42 with a layup with seven minutes left to play. Andrew Lopez followed with two free throws before Dawson added another layup and Jeremy Taylor knocked down a jumper.
2-A GIRLS: Kinston 51, Pisgah 40
CHAPEL HILL — Lydia Rivers had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead Kinston to a 51-40 victory over Canton Pisgah for the school’s first state 2-A girls’ championship.
Jada Faison chipped in with 13 points and Monique Lofton had 11 points and five rebounds for Kinston. Brittany Drumgoole also came up big for Kinston with eight points, six assists and five rebounds.
Faison put Kinston up 28-27 with 16 seconds left in the third quarter with a free throw. Kinston pulled away with 23 points in the final quarter.
4-A BOYS: Olympic 56, Broughton 53
CHAPEL HILL — Deriece Parks scored 19 points to lead Charlotte Olympic past Raleigh Broughton 56-53 in the 4-A state final.
C.J. Jackson added 17 points and hit four free throws in the final 20 seconds to help seal the win for the Trojans (30-0). They captured a title in their first appearance in a state championship game.
Devonte’ Graham had 23 points on 9-of-25 shooting and James Hemphill added 13 points for Broughton (27-6), which was in its first championship game since 1986.
4-A GIRLS: Millbrook 62, Page 56
CHAPEL HILL — Briana Day had 16 points and nine rebounds to help Raleigh Millbrook beat Greensboro Page 62-56 in the state 4-A girls’ championship game.
Mykia Jones added 15 points for the Wildcats (33-0), who completed a perfect season with a second straight state title. Millbrook was in a state final for the third straight year.
1-A GIRLS: McGuinness 57, River Mill 52
RALEIGH — Julia Brown had 17 points and 14 rebounds, leading Bishop McGuinness to a record eighth consecutive state 1-A girls’ basketball championship with a 57-52 victory over River Mill.
Brown was 7-of-17 from the field and had five offensive rebounds as Bishop McGuinness rallied from an 11-point deficit with 5:50 left to play to keep their state title streak alive.
1-A BOYS: W-S Prep 53, Rocky Mount Prep 41
RALEIGH — Winston-Salem Prep has captured its third 1-A state title in the past six years with a 53-41 win over Rocky Mount Prep.
Mike Hughes and Raekwon Harney each scored 12 points for Winston-Salem Prep, which finished the season 32-1. Aaron Lipscomb had 10 points and Coye Simmons had 13 rebounds and eight points. Reserve Will Tibbs added six points.