Monroe girls 25-1 after easy first-round win
Monroe’s girls cruised to a 75-36 home win over Albemarle on Monday, improving to 25-1 on the year and moving into the second round of the 1A playoffs.
Junior guard Asha Jordan scored all 25 of her points in the first half for Monroe, which outscored the visitors 28-4 in the second quarter to take a 51-15 lead into halftime.
The starters didn’t play much in the second half.
The Redhawks’ bench provided 22 points on the night, led by Yasmine Thomas with nine.
Ablemarle got 21 points and 26 rebounds from Akela Branch.
Monroe has now won 19 games in a row heading into Wednesday’s second-round playoff game, which will be at home.
Bivens’ 24 lead FH
MARSHVILLE — Four players scored in double figures to lead Forest Hills High’s girls basketball team to a 79-72 home win over Central Davidson in the opening round of the 2A state playoffs on Monday.
The sixth-seeded Yellow Jackets improved to 19-8 on the season while the No. 11 seed Spartans ended their campaign with a 15-8 mark.
Junior guard Shay Bivens paced Forest Hills with a game-high 24 points, including eight in the first quarter to help her team to a 22-12 advantage.
However, Central Davidson responded with a 12-2 run to start the second and tie the game at 24-all.
Forest Hills took a 37-31 lead at the break and the Spartans never led in the second half.
Tonjai Everett, a junior guard, added 16 points and five assists for the Jackets, who also got 13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks from senior center Toynika Hailey.
Sophomore forward Onyx Burns chipped in with 12 rebounds and 10 points for Forest Hills.
The Spartans got 22 points from senior guard Chandler Young while teammate Paige Chavis finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Forest Hills plays at No. 3 seed Thomasville (18-5) in the second round on Wednesday.
Watts lifts WarriorsWEDDINGTON — Weddington High’s girls basketball team cruised to a 55-32 home win over Northwest Cabarrus in the first round of the 3A state playoffs on Monday.
The No. 4 seed Warriors (21-6) scored the first 12 points of the game and held a 22-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
“I think the girls came out really excited and we had a lot of defensive pressure,” said WHS coach Ryun Cook. “We kind of got it going with our defense.”
Stephanie Watts, a sophomore guard, finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks to lead the Warriors.
Junior forward Bailee Carter added 15 points and five rebounds for WHS.
NW Cabarrus, the No. 13 seed, ends its season with a 12-13 record.
Weddington plays either North Iredell or Anson at home in the second round on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Pirates eliminate Providence
INDIAN TRAIL — Porter Ridge moved on to the second round of the 4A playoffs with a 56-33 home victory over Providence.
Senior guard Jasmine Huntley led the Pirates with 13 points.
Senior Jada Huntley and junior guard Jade Jones each added 10 for PR, which also got seven points from senior forward Megan Madanski.
The No. 2 seed Pirates are now 23-3 on the season. Providence, the No. 15 seed, ends its year with a 11-15 record.
Porter Ridge hosts No. 7 seed McDowell in the second round on Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m.
McDowell defeated Sun Valley 87-36 at home in the first round.
Cavs hold off TrinityWAXHAW — Cuthbertson won its first-ever playoff game in school history by knocking off Trinity 38-32 at home in the first round on Monday.
The No. 4 seed Cavaliers improved to 17-10 on the season while No. 13 seed Trinity ended its year with an 11-14 record.
“We didn’t play great offensively, but any time you hold a team to 32 points you’ve got a pretty good chance to win,” Cavs coach Joel Allen said.
CHS sophomore guard Taylor Helms dropped a team-high 18 points on the strength of three 3-pointers.
Morgan Carlson, a junior forward, added eight points for the Cavs, who led 24-21 at the half.
Cuthbertson plays No. 5 seed Wilkes Central at home in the second round on Wednesday starting at 6 p.m.
girls playoff games
No. 1 Monroe 75, No. 16 Albemarle 36
No. 9 Mount Airy 78, No. 8 Central Academy 54
No. 4 Cuthbertson 38, No. 13 Trinity 32
No. 6 Forest Hills 79, No. 11 Central Davidson 72
No. 4 Weddington 55, No. 13 NW Cabarrus 32
No. 8 Berry Academy 62, No. 9 Parkwood 43
No. 2 Porter Ridge 56, No. 15 Providence 33
No. 7 McDowell 87, No. 10 Sun Valley 36
Boys playoff games
No. 3 Monroe 64, No. 14 East Montgomery 44
No. 9 North Moore 74, No. 8 Central Academy 65 (OT)
No. 1 Cuthbertson 90, No. 16 TW Andrews 61
No. 7 Piedmont 66, No. 10 Starmount 36
No. 5 West Stokes 87, No. 12 Forest Hills 44
No. 4 Marvin Ridge 85, No. 13 West Rowan 82
No. 9 Weddington 69, No. 8 Carson 61