Normally, a two-point first quarter would mean a quick and painless death for a basketball team. But this was anything but a normal night at The Castle in Boonetown.
Mitch Lowder did everything he could to try and slow down Andrew Jackson center Alexxus Sowell. The one thing the North Central girls' basketball coach could not do, though, was to make his post players taller.
North Central will host The Duals at The Castle wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 10, in Boonetown.
It was a smile which was one part happy and the other half relief.
Buford used a 20-12 third quarter run to break open a close game and went on to a 68-54 victory over visiting North Central in last Thursday's Region 4-AA boys' basketball opener.
North Central extended its season-opening unbeaten streak to eight matches as Jason Brazell's charges knocked off Region 4-AA rivals Indian Land and Cheraw on Tuesday in Boonetown.
Host McBee sent the North Central boys' basketball team to its sixth loss in as many starts as the host Panthers overcame a sluggish start to post a 63-47 win.
Cary Phillips has been the head coach of the North Central boys' basketball team for all of five games. But he already knows his team needs to get off to better starts to avoid beginning behind the 8-ball.
North Central opened defense of its Region 4-AA wrestling championship by sweeping a Tuesday night tri-match at Central.
Lugoff-Elgin bounced back from last Thursday's loss to Andrew Jackson by knocking off host North Central, 69-59, in Tuesday's boys' basketball action at The Castle in Boonetown.
Having opened the season ranked 15th among the state's AA and A wrestling programs, North Central is off to a quick start to the 2014-15 season.
North Central placed three scorers in double figures but it was not enough for the Knights' boys basketball team to pick up their first win in three tries as Lewisville downed Cary Phillips' squad, 78-61, last Friday night in Richburg.
It was almost as if the officials at Tuesday's AA Upper State championship volleyball match between North Central and host Liberty wanted to see how much emotional stress the visiting Lady Knights could handle.
Nothing takes the wind out of team sails like ending a half like missing out on a scoring chance inside the opposition's one yard line.
North Central will travel to Liberty on Tuesday to play for the AA Upper State volleyball championship.
It was not exactly Marshawn Lynch on Super Bowl media day, but Mitch Lowder was a man of few words as he headed toward the locker room following North Central's 57-15 loss to the Buford girls Tuesday night at The Castle.
Just when it looked like North Central was going to reel Buford in, the visiting Yellow Jackets pulled back out to sea.
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