Turning four hits into nine runs, North Central topped Crestwood, 9-8, to help the hosts advance into Thursday night's championship game of the May Plant Credit Union Baseball Bash in Boonetown.
Calhoun County outscored visiting North Central, 13-4, in the fourth quarter to score a come-from-behind, 35-28 victory over the Lady Knights in Tuesday's class A girls state basketball playoff opener.
The North Central girls basketball team, which finished third in Region 3-A, will open state class A Upper State tournament action on Tuesday when the Lady Knights travel to meet Calhoun County in a 6 p.m. start.
Things are starting to fall into place for the North Central girls' basketball team. And with the state playoffs looming around the bend, the Lady Knights' timing could not be any better.
When Lewisville forward and South Carolina State signee Cortell Busby picked up his second foul less than two minutes into Tuesday's game at North Central, he put himself on the bench and out of the game. When he was tagged with his third personal in the waning seconds of the first half, it meant more bench time fors the Lions' leading scorer.
Knowing they had a six-point forfeit in their back pocket in the final match of last week's pairing with visiting Camden, the North Central High wrestling team received a clinching pin from Brandon Small at 119 pounds to put the hosts over the top and secure a 42-36 victory over the visiting Bulldogs.
Fielding a team which is consistently inconsistent is a coach's nightmare.
It was a perfect ending to an imperfect game.
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.