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Lady Bulldogs, Knights knocked out of tourney

Posted: February 16, 2017 11:06 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden’s first foray into the AAA state girls’ basketball playoffs in 13 seasons came to a quick end as the Lady Bulldogs fell to host Newberry, 86-48, Monday evening.

Two nights later, the North Central boys, making their first AA state tournament appearance in four years, was dropped by Greenville Technical and Charter School, 60-46.

The Lady Bulldogs, which finished fourth in Region 4-AAA, closed their season with a 9-8 record. For Region 3 champion Newberry, the win was its 13th in a row.

Camden opened well in taking an 11-5 lead only to see the hosting Lady Bulldogs from NHS close the opening stanza on an 11-0 run to carry a 17-11 advantage into the second quarter.

Newberry picked up where it left off in kicking off the second quarter on an 8-2 run which helped the home side take a 40-24 lead into intermission. Any chance which Camden had of closing the gap went by the boards as Newberry got its running game going and used a suffocating full-court press to score 31 third quarter points to take control of things with the 71-40 advantage after three quarters of play.

Senior guard Janai Crim led the way for Natalie Jeffcoat’s charges with a team-best 25 points in the loss. Newberry’s Nigeria Davis led all scorers with a game-high 28-point effort.

Kerry Hayes’ first edition of the Knights finished fourth in Region 4-AA and ended their season with an 8-14 record following the season-ending setback to the Region 2 champion Warriors in a game played in the Upstate.

NC trailed, 16-13, after one quarter and fell behind, 36-23, at halftime. The hosts led 45-41 advantage after three stanzas.

Markell Portee led the Knights with 11 points while Cam Holley added 10. Zack Jones and Zeidel Clark added nine and eight points, respectively.

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