FORT MILL – Standing inside Indian Land High School's weight room, North Central boys' basketball head coach Andy Johnson just shook his head and grinned as the questions started coming at him.
There was a point in his years at North Central when Clarence Williams was down on himself and wondered what was out there for him, both athletically and academically.
Leading from start to finish, the North Central boys' basketball team came away with a 61-53 win over visiting Pelion in a Region 3-AA game played last Friday night in Boonetown.
In those old-time Westerns, the Calvary always waited until the end of the movie to come in and save those in distress.
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.