Page downs Pirates in semifinals
GREENSBORO — The Greensboro Page girls basketball team used a smothering defense to down Porter Ridge 46-36 in the 4A state semifinals at Greensboro Coliseum's annex gym on Saturday.
The Pirates end their best season in school history with a 26-4 record. They entered Saturday's matchup riding a 20-game winning streak and had never been past the third round of the state playoffs until this year.
Page, which improved to 28-1 on the year, advances to next Saturday's 4A state championship in Chapel Hill.
After playing to a 12-all tie through the first quarter, Page outscored Porter Ridge 9-3 in the second to take a 21-5 lead at the break.
PR shot just 4-for-23 from the field in the first half.
Porter Ridge cut the lead to seven on a 3-pointer by Megan Madanski on the opening possession of the fourth quarter, but the Pirates never got closer than six the rest of the way.
Justice McKinney, a senior forward, led Porter Ridge with nine points. Bobbi Jones added eight points off the bench for the Pirates, who also got seven points from Madanski.
Paris Kea paced Page with a game-high 24 points on her way to being named Most Valuable Player of the Western Regional. Chelsey Coleman added 11 points and nine rebounds for Page.
McKinney, along with seniors Jasmine Huntley and Jada Huntley, were named to the all-Region team.