Southern Lee's basketball season came to a close on the road in the second round of the state tournament for the third straight season. For the second of those three trips to the second round, it was a heartbreaking finish for the Cavaliers.
Mark Riches (Grace Christian) was named the 2015 Bible College National Invitational Tournament MVP
NCHSAA state basketball tournament games
Noah Mellette's free throw with nine seconds remaining was enough to give Southern Lee a 49-48 victory in the long-awaited first round of the NCHSAA 3A state boys' basketball tournament Saturday night at Northern Nash.
While the key heights of the high school basketball season have been canceled or put on hold throughout the last two weeks thanks to winter weather, the important preseason efforts for spring sports squads have been hampered, but not entirely stopped.
Snow across North Carolina caused postponements of high school basketball state tournament games Tuesday including for Southern Lee and Lee County. The Cavaliers and Lady Yellow Jackets are scheduled to hit the road this evening for first-round tourney games.
NCHSAA State Tournament first round at higher seeds
3A East - No. 19 Southern Lee (13-9) at No. 14 Northern Nash (9-12) - 7 p.m.
Campbell first baseman Chandler Patterson (Lee County) garnered awards for her performance on the field as she was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Softball Player of the Week and
Union Pines senior Samuel Bartram won the 138-pound state championship in the NCHSAA 3A State Championships and Chatham Central sophomore Nick Daggett won the 106-pound state championship in the 1A tournament Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Southern Lee's boys basketball team will have to hit the road, but get to face a squad with a below-.500 overall record, when the NCHSAA State Tournament begins Tuesday night.
Late Saturday results
NCHSAA State Championships
Friday-Saturday at Greensboro Coliseum
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has postponed the start of the state wrestling championships to Friday
Campbell freshman first baseman, Chandler Patterson (Lee County) garnered her first collegiate award being named the College Sports Madness Big South Player of the Week last week
Antonio Menozi, Daniel Hull and Dylan Barber won individual regional championships and led Union Pines to a runner-up team finish at the NCHSAA 3A Mideast Regional Championships at Morehead High School Saturday.
Tuesday, Feb. 17
Big Eight Conference Tournament first round
NCHSAA 3A Swinning and Diving Championships
NCHSAA 3A Mideast Regional Championships
It wasn't as easy as on Cavalier Court, in fact it went down to the last 6.9 seconds, but Southern Lee completed a regular-season sweep in the Brick City boys basketball rivalry with a 63-58 victory at Lee County Thursday night.
NCHSAA 3A State Championships
at Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary
Union Pines 59, Gray's Creek 31
Chandler Patterson (Lee County) made a name for herself at Lee County High School for demolishing softballs. This earned her the all-time Yellow Jacket home run title, the Tri-9 conference home run title and three all-state selections while playing for Lee.
Mitchell 42, Chatham Central 30
Southern Lee celebrated its Senior Night on Cavalier Court by handing Westover's boys basketball team its first Cape Fear Valley Conference loss of the season.