Switching out five new players at a time, Eau Claire wanted to wear down North Central. And, as the minutes started to dwindle, so did the Lady Knights' energy.
Proving that even the basketball gods get time off for the holidays, North Central was able to put aside the ghosts of close games past for, at least, one night.
Less than 24 hours after an exhausting, come-from-behind overtime win over Westminster-Catawba, the North Central boys' basketball team was doubled up by Cheraw, 68-34, in Friday's championship game of the May Plant Credit Union Carolina Classic played at The Castle in Boonetown.
Andrew Jackson grabbed the early lead against North Central and held onto the advantage throughout the game en route to a 71-63 victory over the visiting Knights in a non-region basketball game played on Friday in Kershaw.
Following a one-sided loss to rival Andrew Jackson on Tuesday, the North Central boys returned to the court on Friday and dismantled host Robert E. Lee Academy, 77-36, in a game played in Bishopville.
There was a plan of attack for when Andrew Jackson went to a match-up zone.
One night after winning their season opener, the North Central boys' basketball team suffered their first loss of the year in a 56-48 defeat at the hands of visiting Buford in a game played at The Castle in Boonetown last Friday night.
Setting the tone early, the North Central boys' basketball team kicked off the Andy Johnson era with a 76-39 win over visiting Robert E. Lee Academy in last Thursday's season opener played inside The Castle in Boonetown.
North Central opened the Jason Brazell era with a convincing 72-6 victory over rival Andrew Jackson in Tuesday's first wrestling match of the season.
There have been days when, long after the North Central football team has come off the practice field, that the lights inside the old gymnasium at the school were still burning.
Three years after starting a competitive cheerleading team, North Central High School is headed to the AA Competitive Cheer State finals.
Sitting behind his office desk, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn simply shook his head and smiled when asked if he was aware of some of the things being said between members of his team and players from Andrew Jackson, which comes to Boonetown for tonight's first round AA Upper State Division II playoff contest.
North Central will host its first state playoff game since the 1994 season when the Knights welcome arch-rival Andrew Jackson to Boonetown for Friday's first round AA Division II Upper State contest.
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