While Justin Black's jumper with 32 seconds left in the game clock gave visiting North Central a 46-45 lead over Buford on Friday, the guests were hardly out of the woods at the time.
C-I (Camden, S.C.) sports editor
Breaking Cardinal Newman's unrelenting full-court press was the easy part. It was the finishing which gave the North Central girls fits.
After a slow start --- literally and figuratively --- in the Buford Preseason Invitational, the North Central High boys' basketball team finished with a flurry.
No coach is ever fully prepared to deliver that final, end of the year post-game speech when in the midst of a state playoff run.
FLORENCE -- Sometimes a win is just not meant to be.
With his team's playoff hopes dashed after having lost their first eight games of the season, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn asked his players to turn the page and start anew with two games left to be played.
For the first Monday since the seventh game of the 2010 season, the Monday-after-the game film session at North Central was more relaxed, with smiles filling the film room.
Earlier this season, North Central was piling up some huge offensive numbers in all areas save for the scoreboard. Half of that equation changed on Friday night.
North Central assured itself of a spot in Thursday's Region 3-A volleyball championship match as the Lady Knights trampled McBee in three games in the final regulary scheduled match of the season.
Been there, done that.
Sometimes, the best fiery, pre-game pep talks are the ones you save for when they are really needed.
It must be the blue and gold of Lewisville's uniform which seems to bring out the worst in North Central.
By TOM DIDATO
Thursday night, the North Central volleyball team took on Chesterfield for the lead atop the Region 3-A standings.
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