Ready to stick with a 2-3 zone defense which caused visiting Cardinal Newman troubles in the first half, North Central's best-laid defensive plans were thrown out with the bath water in a sloppy second half stretch.
Progress, like beauty, is sometimes in the eye of the beholder.
Taking a loss here or there to set things up to give his team its best chance for a win, first-year North Central wrestling coach Britt Gardner saw his bit of a gamble pay off on Tuesday night.
As luck would have it, Katie Bradley's 12-foot jumper came after the horn signaling the end of the first half had sounded.
Well before his team headed to the locker room to dress for Tuesday's game with the visiting Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, North Central boys' basketball coach Chad Dixon passed along this message, "We're not going to win 100 to 40 this time," he said.
Two points of emphasis for the North Central boys' basketball team coming into this season have been playing hard and working hard. Those themes have been stressed throughout pre-season by Knights' head coach Chad Dixon.
The North Central boys basketball team rebounded from Saturday's loss to Lakewood to beat rival Andrew Jackson in Monday night's second round of the Buford Invitational pre-season basketball tournament being played in Lancaster County.
Heading into Saturday's class A state boys and girls state cross country championship meets at Clemson's Sandhills Research Center in northeast Columbia, North Central head coach Chad Dixon knew his teams had the decks stacked against them.
It's already looking like a good 2011 for the 2010 North Central football program.
If only things finished the way they started for North Central.
There is little chance that even with a win over visiting C.A. Johnson tonight, that North Central can earn a berth in next week's first round of the class A playoffs. That does not mean, however, that the season finale is a throwaway game.
Regular season. Post-season. It does not seem to matter to the North Central High volleyball team.
If only the rest of the game had gone the way it started for North Central.
North Central ran the stable in the regular season, completing a 14-0 campaign with a 25-18, 25-13, 25-20 victory over conference foe McBee on Tuesday to finish league play with an 8-0 record.
For the first time in the young, five-year existence of the North Central boys cross country program, the Knights won the Region 3-A championship at the meet hosted by Chesterfield on Tuesday.
As his team boarded the bus for Friday's game with Indian Land, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn just about had enough healthy bodies to form a hockey line, never mind an offensive line.
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