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.
Thursday night, the North Central volleyball team took on Chesterfield for the lead atop the Region 3-A standings.
By TOM DIDATO
North Central romped past Lewisville in three games, 25-7, 25-6 and 25-9, in a Region 3-A match played Thursday night in Richburg.
The three-game sweep was the third in a row for Andy Johnson's Lady Knights who improved to 12-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
As he watched the film of Great Falls' loss to Andrew Jackson in a game played earlier this season, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn noticed that Great Falls wide receiver, Xavier Holmes, was dropping pass after pass.
Jamborees are hardly the occasion to show a conference opponent your playing hand. But after watching Buford grind its way to 50 yards in an 11-snap opening drive, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn had no other choice than to switch into game mode.
Michael Williamson has yet to take a snap in a high school junior varsity or varsity football game. In fact, he has yet to enter the hallways of North Central High School for a class.
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