After having opened play in its May Plant Credit Union Baseball Bash with a bang, North Central fell in its second two games to drop into Thursday's consolation game against Camden Military Academy.
When the four teams convened for the class A Upper State baseball championship tournament last spring, North Central was the proverbial odd man out.
Like all basketball games, this one started with a jump ball. The officials would have been better served by having dropped the green flag.
In this wild ride which is the Region 3-A girls' basketball playoff chase, not even a 37-36 loss to Chesterfield was enough to leave North Central's post-season hopes down and out.
For as long as there have been house doors and kids, parents have told their children to close the door behind them so as not to let the cold air or animals into the house.
If you had a bar chart of Great Falls' offensive output this season, it might be up and down enough make you dizzy.
There were nights, heck, make that halves, when first-year Lewisville boys basketball coach Larry Davis scored close to, if not more than the 34 points his Lions scored in a six-point win over host North Central on Friday night in The Castle in Boonetown.
Like a thermometer, you can usually tell how well the North Central girls are playing based on the redness in the face of head coach Mitch Lowder.
When a marginal movie suddenly gets interesting, nobody leaves their seats and heads for the exits.
After having added to their lead with each passing quarter, North Central hit a speed bump in the final eight minutes of Friday's game with visiting Buford.
While Justin Black's jumper with 32 seconds left in the game clock gave visiting North Central a 46-45 lead over Buford on Friday, the guests were hardly out of the woods at the time.
C-I (Camden, S.C.) sports editor
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.