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McMichael knocks off North Lenoir in first round playoff action

McMichael knocks off North Lenoir in first round playoff action

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MAYODAN – The McMichael girls’ basketball team pulled off an impressive 76-65 upset win in the first round of the 2021 2A NCHSAA state basketball playoffs Tuesday night.

North Lenoir entered the post season virtually unblemished in regular season play. Their only loss was a 64-62 overtime affair versus Kinston Jan. 22. The Lady Hawks entered the first round after winning five-consecutive games.

DMHS sophomore guard Faith Robertson led the charge offensively with 21 points. Freshman Jayda Hairston had 17 and Chaya Tatum added 11.

In addition, Lady Phoenix guards Danni Lester and Dakota Redmon combined for 17 more.

With the win, McMichael improved to 5-8 after clinching an automatic bid following clinching the 2A regular season title championship in the split 2A/3A Mid-State Conference.

Both the boys and girls basketball teams at St. Pauls High School have forfeited their spots in the 2A state playoffs due to COVID-19 protocols.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association confirmed the news to HighSchoolOT on Thursday afternoon.

St. Pauls’ boys basketball team was supposed to host Northeastern in the second round on Thursday. The girls team from St. Pauls was scheduled to travel to McMichael for its second round game.

Both Northeastern and McMichael will advance to Saturday’s third round. Northeastern’s boys team will face the winner of Washington and James Kenan, while McMichael’s girls team will travel to the winner of Thursday’s game between Croatan and Southwest Onslow.

St. Pauls’ boys basketball team finishes the season with a record of 14-1, including a 7-1 mark in the Three Rivers 1A/2A Conference. The St. Pauls girls basketball has not lost a game this season, reporting a record of 14-0 overall and 8-0 in conference play.

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